Fun stories. I smile at the idea of a morning fence check.
I’m a little shorter than you at 6’3” but have only owned 27.5” wheeled XL bikes since 2018.
This Norco Torrent hardtail marked my return to the smaller wheel size after nine years on various 29ers. I liked how with the smaller wheels I was closer to the ground.
For some people, like myself who aren’t concerned about all out speed and just want to bounce around having fun, a 27.5” XL is pretty awesome. Sounds like you feel the same way.