I can’t do this post justice without first talking about the title. Jj started the trend with his own alliteration, “Patagonia and Patron,” and then created “Greyhound and Grey Goose” for me, seeing as I’m taking the Greyhound as my mode of transportation. All I need is the Grey Goose.
About a year ago, my dad got us a time share for a week in Steamboat Springs for this summer, so it has been on my calendar ever since. I didn’t really know what my summer was going to hold until around May when I got my job at Otter Products and started summer school. With my schedule, it has made it really hard to get time off, so I decided to just make it to Steamboat for the weekend, since I have Thursday and Sunday off anyway, and because getting two days would be a lot easier than getting a week off.
This is the first family vacation that I haven’t technically departed on with my family, so it is a little strange for me just considering the number of family trips I’ve gone on. Nonetheless, I can have an adventure of my own getting to Steamboat.
Before I get into the trip, I’ve decided to try to vlog this trip to show you what I’m seeing as opposed to just telling you. I wanted to try this just to add more multimedia and to practice my video taking and editing skills. I’m also excited to pull out my Nikon to do some nature photography. It’s been far too long since that camera was used on a trip (I’m literally talking Greece here). I will record what I can and upload them and fill in the gaps with the blog.
Thanks to the wifi on the bus, I am writing this post on the Greyhound (or the “hound”) as we are leaving Denver and headed towards the mountains. Steamboat is just a major stop along the way to the bus’ final destination in Reno, NV. I currently have the set of seats to myself, which will compensate for the fact I am not in the emergency exit row with the extra leg room. I also definitely chose the wrong side of the bus to sit on seeing as I will not get my mountain view going up. It is what it is.
I bet you are asking yourself how exactly I ended up on the Greyhound as opposed to driving. A few weeks ago when I was home for the 4th, my parents were concerned about my driving all the way to Steamboat by myself, so they put their heads together and came up with this pretty brilliant alternative: I was to take the Bustang from Fort Collins to Denver, then hook up with the Greyhound in Denver and take it out to Steamboat Springs. The total trip is almost six hours, but it was cheaper and probably safer than driving myself.
Of all my traveling experiences, I haven’t taken a Greyhound bus. I’ve been on planes, trains, automobiles and boats. I have taken buses at IV in Greece to get around to all the different places, and then down to Camp Emmanuel my first few summers. Other than that, I have not taken a Greyhound. Fun fact: one of my great-grandparents had a chance to invest in Greyhound in the 1920s in Hibbing, Minnesota when it was first starting but never did, so I could have been an heiress to Greyhound in another life.
The Bustang departed from Fort Collins at 6:40 a.m. from the Downtown Transit Center in Old Town, meaning I had to take the MAX from my apartment to get there. Because it is a travel day, I was already feeling anxious, so I was up at 5 a.m. to make sure I had enough time to get there. As of now (it’s about 10), I’ve been up for 5 hours and on a large coffee from the bus station. A highlight of getting up that early was I did get to watch the sun rise as I was waiting for the MAX.
The Bustang is a really nice option to get from Fort Collins to Denver. It costs $10 one way and allows you to just hang out on the bus instead of stressing out during the drive. The bus was filled with what looked to be either commuters and other business people who needed to be in Denver for the day. The bus is very similar to the Greyhound in that it was in that motor coach style. What I thought was really cool was that the seats could be adjusted to move up and down the aisle to accommodate for handicapped passengers. We actually had to pick up a large number of passengers down in Loveland because their bus had broken down, so we had a full bus going down to Denver.
We got to the Denver Bus Station right on time at 8:20 a.m., so I had about an hour layover until the Greyhound departed at 9:40 a..m. If you have not taken a Greyhound, you need to take it at least once to just experience it. You get all walks of life at the bus station; it reminds me a lot of the train station when we took the Amtrak in both DC and New York. Pros of the bus are that there is no security and you can pick where you get to sit on the bus. Cons of the bus are that the stations are pretty run down and there is really no food options if you need to get something between stops. Probably the biggest advantage to taking the bus is that you get to travel by road, which means seeing parts of the country you never would see while flying and to me, that it what traveling is all about.
The bus will get to Steamboat at around 2 p.m., so I will still have a good portion of the afternoon and evening left to spend with my family. Our last trip to Steamboat was 10 years ago so it’s crazy to see just how much things have changed in the last decade. It’s also my dad’s birthday weekend, so I’m happy I’m able to spend it with him.
Til my next post,