The less I get to ride, and the less frequently I get to enjoy my favorite trails, the more I value being able to come back to them over time and find that they've maintained their distinct personality.
A huge part of what I enjoy about mountain biking is challenging myself to do things I can't yet do. Sometimes that means chasing new PRs. And sometimes it means riding a move, or a trail, clean. And when you remove the challenge, you ruin that experience for everyone.
This makes me miss Chumash. I might need to negotiate a ride out there the next time my wife and I are in the neighborhood. But really, it makes me realize I need to seek out the serious tech closer to home, here in O.C.