Improvisational acting (or just "improv" for short) has been an interest of mine. I've taken classes at the Westside Eclectic (now the Westside Comedy Theater) in Santa Monica, at the Impro Theatre in Los Angeles and in San Francisco at Bay Area Theatresports (BATS) . I even organized a short intro to improv for a group with my most excellent Bay Area beginning improv instructor, Susan Snyder, who works with both BATS and the Un-Scripted Theater Company.
The type of improv I've done is not so much the stand-up comedy type, but the improvisation of short or long scenes (usually, but not always, comic) with a group of fellow improvisors.
I think of it as sort of "adult sandbox" -- a place to play, get silly-crazy, and let loose with one's imagination. I've also found it a great activity for developing creativity and collaboration and honing those thinking-on-your feet and risk-taking skills. (Bottom line though: It's just plain FUN!!!)
One of the great things about being in Los Angeles is having the nearby Santa Monica Mountains and its environs to hike and explore. You can see some of my hiking photos below.