Finding Nirvana Through Extreme Amusement Park Rides

I spent my childhood in Southern California, the land of cheap thrills: Universal Studios, Disneyland, Knottā€™s Berry Farm, and Magic Mountain. In 1978, when I was nine years old, one of the tallest and fastest wooden roller coasters in the world opened at Magic Mountain in Valencia. My 48-year-old grandmother, who loved coasters, stood by …