not sure if already mentioned, but the main reason Fort Ord was chosen as an army base was due to the heavy fogs that carpet the area in the area, perfect cover from sea bombardment.
Fort Ord was pretty cool, some ghost stories there and of course several murders of people in the abandoned housing areas.
Recommend staying out of the fields inbetween the gas station and the entrance to Laguna Seca...they (Army and EOD) are still detonating unexploded ordnance out there.
Also, you are trespassing on Federal property if caught.....and there is security out there. Both the DoD Police and Marina Police Department patrol the area.
If caught, you'll most likely get escorted off the property.
Highly recommend not performing gymkhana in any of the areas that would otherwise be perfect for it....A. the pavement sucks, B. lots of glass and nails and crap to be found, C. Drawing the base security's attention.
There are some roads you can get on if you know where they are, but no lights + deer.....
I actually miss driving around that place, especially the back side near the Marina airport...used to be my daily track to work
no roads like that in Japan (at least in the Yokohama area)....