California makes that process easy. It's a destination where you can find people honoring an Egyptian goddess with python dances a short distance from folks ripping motorcycles around a track. A place where you can spend the morning paragliding off dusty mountains and the afternoon getting an ass kicking from women on rollerskates. A place where the elderly still burn their candles bright as they chug through icy cold water surrounded by sea lions.
California constantly pulls me out of my serious mind. Reminds me that life is mysterious, random, and full of beauty. That we should never lose that child like side of ourselves which is full of wonder, curiosity, and enthusiasm. That it's more than ok to be silly and ridiculous... it's vital.
- Take a hot lap around a professional racetrack. The sensation of riding a powerful car or motorcycle pushed to its limit is a bucketlist item. Thunderhill Raceway Park is the place in California to make that happen.
- Eat at a taco truck. Food trucks are the new international upstarts, but the old-school godfathers are Southern California’s taco trucks. Every local has their opinion, but I’m partial to La Isla Bonita for their ceviche tostadas and Leo’s for the tacos.
Watch this episode on the Travel Channel this Saturday at 9PM in Europe, Africa, and the Middle East.