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.
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!
How fun! Last week was an epic 3 days off. Yes I work for the airlines which means I can travel. Love being able to go at the drop of a hat. Speaking of hats… this is the hat I bought while in Flagstaff last weekend. Didn’t qualify as Upshabby as it came from a boutique but it was a bday present to me. 🙂
I’ve been thinking about how to make the connection of travel to Upshabby. My trips are currently day trips so things need to be able to be carried on. Love vintage retro so that’s it! Tomorrow I fly over to Santa Barbara and while I’m there will hit at least 1 thrift store to see what I find. I love the hunt irregardless of if it’s furniture or clothes.
Let’s see how this all comes together. Come back tomorrow!
Birthday weekends used to mean a bit more. That was when my birthday fell on a Friday and I had the weekend off. This year my birthday not only fell on a Friday, but the 13th too? Oh boy.
I head back to start my 4 day week today. Loved the part where I wanted to do things a bit different this year. I work for the airline so travel is free. I went to Austin on Wed, Flagstaff on Thurs and was supposed to hit Tucson yesterday. Last day I was bumped and that was fine. Saved me being hella tired.
I got this vintage train case from my friend Sarah. I knew what I wanted to do with it. It’s got our wedding written all over it. 😉
Based on my new draw to travel and ability to do so I throw the train case into the mix at the right time. I’m starting an additional travel blog which will cover the good/ bad and ugly experiences. If you’re interested in following that please follow along. Not yet but soon…
Have a great weekend and stay tuned. I’ve got the blog site chosen. It will not cover any Upshabby and will not automatically be posted on my personal FB page. I feel as if folks are getting tired of my travel posts.