I took a volunteer training at a fire/ranger station in the mountains once. It was clear that the firefighters that worked there during the week used the WOD from the main cross-fit website for fitness. They had basic weight lifting equipment in the garage plus a weight room and they had the WOD with scores on a whiteboard. It looks that you could do cross-fit on your own if you have the equipment available. That might be one way to try it out, although it sounds like the whole social thing is probably 50% of the experience.
I have not ever done it myself. I feel I need a more linear structure and something with a clear path of progress toward strength. My experience with something more random didn't gain me much progress.
Female, 5'3", 48, Starting weight: 163lbs. Current weight: 135.
Starting squat: 45lbs. Current squat: 145 x 4.