As most of you know, we are a one car family. (Clarification: in the South we were a 2-car family as my company provided me with a car for every role I had with them. It was awesome and something I miss.)
We have Matt’s F-150, but I don’t have anything. The thought of buying a car to get around a town that’s only 10 miles long and 10 miles wide seems absurd, and I’m too much of a grinch to even consider paying for a car (much less gas and insurance).
So I’m tackling public transit! I spent hours studying the online maps, reading the tips, trying to figure out fares and routes and times. I think I finally got it.
From there, I can fortunately take one route from there all the way to downtown where I work. No switching stops, it’s really quite a nice ride.
I decided to do a practice run today to see which scheduled pickup time I need to catch to get to work on time. I also figured I’d go with the whole day pass so I can explore the area by bus and try to get my bearings.
Then I took the bus to the grocery store to get some supplies to cook some of the amazing salmon Matt caught this weekend.
This is where I get embarrassed. I walked to the wrong street to catch the bus home. And I missed my bus by 10 minutes. So I had to sit and wait for 50 minutes until the next bus came around. Darn these perfectly square blocks that feature the same name (Seward Hwy and Old Seward Hwy).
Overall, I feel like a warrior and ready to tackle the bus again. I feel like with some good books to read, I can even make good use of the commute time. I plan on keeping it up through the summer, but I may have to evaluate it again come winter.
Have you taken public transit anywhere? How do you find your way around without a car?