Overall I loved Flagstaff. It reminded me of a mix of Bend OR, Tahoe and Tempe AZ. It was a gorgeous area and the airport was very small. What I didn’t realize was that their idea of “public transportation” and mine didn’t match. I was under the impression that there was bus service from the airport to downtown. That was incorrect.
I take minimal cash with me on my day trips because the idea is to use the public transportation getting to and from the downtown and explore. This trip didn’t work out that way. I either had to take a taxi downtown or turn around and go home. I jumped in a taxi for the 7 mile ride to downtown. The driver gave me a “deal” for the $10 ride.
In speaking with the driver I learned that yes FLG has bus service but it doesn’t go to the airport. That doesn’t make sense to me, but a lot of things don’t. After being there for a few hours it was time to decide how the bus system worked to navigate my way back to the airport. I saw the City of Flagstaff building and decided to drop in and get the information I needed.
That was so frustrating because the woman I spoke to at the Community Services desk had zero idea how to help me. Keep in mind that I worked at that same desk for the City of Euless back in TX. Not only did she not know BUT she wouldn’t ask anybody that might help me!
When I left that building (muttering things I will not repeat) I decided that I wasn’t going to risk more time trying to make sense of the unknown. I had 2 hours before my flight left and 6 miles was doable. Off I went. There was a guy working on a building that I stopped at to ask for help. He drew me a crude map to get back.
As I continued on I stopped for fast food to give me the energy to make the hill that I knew was coming. The trek was probably 2.5 miles on fairly flat road before the hill climb of the last 3.5. I knew I had worked when I finally arrived at the airport.
The good news is I got to the airport with time to spare. Loved the area and will go back. Bad news was it requires taxis to get downtown. The other option is to rent a car but I am solely interested in public transportation. Or a mix of public trans and my folding bike. The Schwinn Loop that I picked up was started by this experience.
I give the area a 10 for atmosphere and “feel.” The downtown was very homey and felt like someplace called home. Public transportation is a 3 based on no bus service from the airport to downtown. My interaction with City of Flagstaff is a 1. It would be a 0 except she was present at the desk but uninterested in helping me to find a way to get back to the airport.
I’m going back to FLG but this time I’ll take my Loop aka Lupe.
I’m not sure where to even start with this. I’ve been a shadow on Upshabby. Not “gone” but faded into the background. We moved 23 miles a month ago. Most would think it’s no big deal but it seems like a whole different world. First, instead of 24 miles to the airport/ work… I’m 4.9 miles. I know that’s true because my car had issues in the employee lot the other day. Ben picked me up and the following day I rode my bike to meet the tow truck driver there.
This house is small but amazing. I’m still trying to get my head around how to fit all of our stuff in here and make it “efficient.” I hate living in constant chaos. I’ll just say its a work in progress. Love the misting system Ben installed in the back!
The swim job didn’t happen but it’s a good thing. He hadn’t been made aware of our move. Instead I’ll focus on finding a position in the Tempe/ Scottsdale area. My résumé is already out there. ❤
The wedding is quickly approaching in November my bride crew and I are going o NYC for a getaway. I’m super excited about that. I was under the impression that I was responsible for taxes and fees but not the cost of the flight. Unsure how I’m going to put this together but it’ll happen.
Things are fantastic! I had planned on going to San Diego but with the issue of my car I put that on the back burner. With the car issue and getting us to NYC, I’ve got to pick my battles.
If you follow, you’ll know that when you see a topic of a “foldable” then I’ve found another job to make my life a bit easier. I had been very clear with the swim owner that I had no desire to replace my airport job.
How can it be that at this age I’d never done day trips via plane? Oh right… EXPENSE!
That has changed as I got an opportunity to work for the airlines and I jumped. It’s been a progressive awakening to things that I’d been clueless about. Public transportation has never been a hot button. My attitude has always been “why, when I have a car?” I’ll step back and say that people watching is a favorite hobby. Makes sense why I love the airport environment. Public trans is just people watching in a much smaller space. It allows me to get in their world without ever really talking to the locals.
Last week I went to Austin as my 1st day trip. It was a great introduction. The public trans system was simple and getting back to the airport was nearly effortless. Saw a Salvation Army but never walked in. On the way home I realized that I missed an opportunity to connect Upshabby and travel. Duh….
The following day I flew out to Flagstaff. Absolutely loved that place. It reminded me of Tahoe, Bend and my hometown all wrapped in 1 package. The only thing I didn’t like was the public transit. Basically it was non existent. I went into the City building to talk about how it worked. The woman was not only clueless but rude. I wanted to smack her and say, ” it’s your job to know the transit system not mine to help YOU figure it out!” I ended up leaving very irritated and decided that instead of adding to the frustration it was better for me if I walk the 6+ miles to get to the airport.
Today I flew to Santa Barbara and LOVED it. The public transit system was very easy and across the street from the terminal. I hopped on that bus for an hour to take me downtown. The atmosphere was incredible. I went into a handful of shops down there. On the way back to the airport I jumped off early because I knew we passed 2 thrift stores. I decided that I’d rather walk through them and walk back than miss that opportunity. Fantastic experience! Didn’t bring anything home but that’s ok too. It was my inaugural thrift/ travel experience.
With all of that said, I’d rate Austin a 7.5 out of 10 overall. It isn’t someplace I’d rush to go back to unless I had more time. Right now, however, is all about day trips. I don’t want a rental car and skip the hotel. Flag I’d rate a 6.5 out of 10 based on great atmosphere but no public transit. The latter was a big negative. If they had it available, I’d go back multiple times but without a car it isn’t user-friendly.
Lastly, today was by far my fav day trip so far. Gorgeous environment. Fabulous transit system. People were user friendly and I even got to walk a few thrift stores!
Tomorrow I’m taking off to wrap up my weekend. Hopefully it will be as successful as today was!