The Joys of Driving by Kristoffer Friberg

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Growing up on the East Coast, I hadn’t spent much time near the ocean.  Minus the occasional trips to Coney Island or my vacations in South Florida, I can count the number of trips to the ocean I’ve hand on two hands.  So naturally, when I moved out to Cali to work at BP, I started spending many of my free weekends on the west side of LA just to be near the Pacific.  (now how this relates to cars)


Throughout my life, I’ve heard all about the SoCal car experience – traffic, the best tuning shops around, high gas prices and more traffic.  Of course, I always wondered how people could tolerate having modified cars, while spending more than half their time driving on freeways and sitting in bumper to bumper in traffic (as it is now, I spend, on average, an hour in said traffic on the way to work everyday).  I had heard of the legendary Muholland Highway, and of course the canyon roads in Malibu with their spectacular views of the Pacific and amazing curves, so when I got out here and started driving, I knew where I had to go.


At this point, I’ve been to the canyons a few times (including one faithful trip that ended up with Ben’s S2K on a flatbed ride home), but I hadn’t taken the time to really appreciate the experience fully.  This past Labor Day weekend, I took a trip up to Malibu to hit the beach with my girl, but before we laid out, I had to scratch the itch and take a drive up in the canyons to see the beautiful view and have a little fun driving (safely, of course).  I stopped along the way and snapped a few photos at what has become my favorite spot for viewing the mountains and the Pacific ocean in their full glory.


The point of all this is, we’re all car guys and of course we love driving, but I feel like a lot of the enjoyment gets lost for those of us that are too busy with life, or live where freeways are essentially parking lots.  I think my message here is that it’s important to take some time every now and then and take a little trip somewhere where you can really take it all in, be one with your car, and love the experience of driving…and life.


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