BECAUSE IT IS AMAZING!!!
I had the time of my life. I jumped out of Paso Robles, which is almost the halfway point between San Jose and Santa Barbara, on the 101 Hwy.
Somewhere in the middle of my college career, about 1995, a bunch of us decided to go skydiving. It was easy, not too expensive, and something you will never forget! There were about 15 of us that went, and so we got the group discount. (About $125.00, at 12,500 ft (3810 meters) - less at 10500 ft and extra for pictures and/or video - I would assume prices have risen some) I would recomend first timers going tandem. You basically don't have to worry about a thing, and when you are doing it, the person is behind you, so it is like you're there solo.
Many people have asked me if I was scared? And all I can say is, it doesn't matter what you feel before you take the jump, but once you do, all you anxiousness or nervousness goes right out the door too. Once you are "flying" or free-falling, you are not worried about a single thing in the world, not even if your parachute will open. You?re just alive.
Once the chute pops open, there is a huge "BANG" and then - silence.
I attached a link to different skydiving locations around the state and country. Give it a try. I liked it way better than bungee jumping.
Disc Golf is a sport played much life ball golf. Instead of holes, there are chained baskets. Trees and water hazards work the same way. Instead of a ball and club, you throw flying discs which are smaller, heavier and more beveled than "regular Frisbees" so you can throw then a lot further. I was very into the sport in 1994 and visited over 100 courses around the US.
California is chock full of great disc golf courses, I especially loved the ones up near the vineyards of Northern California near Ukiah. We did nothing but play Disc Golf while in the L.A. area with the world class La Mirada located right there. By 2008, I had lost all my interest in the sport. I guess the beer won out. ;)
Although there are many pets (dogs) in California, there aren't many places dedicated for them to run and have fun while not on a leash. Well Redondo Beach has developed a nice playground for them to have fun and run to their little hearts content (corner of 190th Street and Flagler Lane). At least 2 football fields long and a football field wide, the dog park is a fun place to take your dogs and socialize with other owners.
Sea Kayaking the Elkhorn Slough - Water is calm, not many people, plenty of sea otters, seals and birds. Important area for migratory birds. It's just 10-15 miles North of Monterey on Highway 1. You can also hike on the land portion of the reserve. To get more info http://www.elkhornslough.org/ which I believe provides contact info for kayak/canoe companies. This kayak trip is so much better than kayaking along the monterey coast by the aquarium.
I BELIEVE THE MAJORITY OF HIKERS SET UP CAMP ABOUT TWO THIRDS OF THE WAY UP, AND SUMMIT THE FOLLOWING DAY. THE HIKE CAN BE DONE IN ONE DAY WITHOUT PROBLEM, AS LONG AS YOU HIT THE TRAIL EARLY (BEFORE 6:00 AM).
Santa Barbara. It's a lovely town with beautiful beaches and gorgeous houses. It's a great place to stop along the coast and take in some traditional Californian activities such as surfing...or just spectating the surfers!
Get out in the water and kayak, canoe, take a glass bottom boat ride etc. This is a picture of the casino from the water.
THE TRAIL CONNECTS TO OTHER TRAILS, ALLOWING YOU TO HIKE FOR MONTHS, IF YOU ARE SO INCLINED.
THE TRAIL IS WELL MAINTAINED, AND THE HIKE TO THE TOP, THOUGH LONG, IS ONLY MODERATELY STRENUOUS.
THE TOP PICTURE WAS TAKEN AT 6:00 AM ON THE WAY UP, AND THE BOTTOM PICTURE WAS TAKEN AT 6:00 PM ON THE WAY DOWN.