So I went for a ride today on a XC trail today, I did about 15 miles and sure, there weren't any jumps, and the biggest drops were about a foot, but it was fun. The downhills are fast, the uphills are a challenge, the scenery is nice. Everyone on this forum seems to real big into freeriding and the whole "can this bike that I can't afford handle 8.6 foot drops?" urban poseur stuff (Ok some people do urban that aren't poseurs, I just had to make fun of some people ), but XC is still fun and challenging. Sure, jumps and drops are exciting, but most of the trails around here are mostly XC anyway, and they can be a lot of fun too.
Anyway, I had a good ride, did about 15 miles alongside a lake. Stopped at the end of the loop and watched a boat go by towing a wakeboarder. I thought "It's almost December and he's wakeboarding? Isn't that cold?" Then I realized I was wearing shorts... I love California.