Thursday, August 23, 2012


Those of you who most dedicatedly check this blog know that I haven't posted all week . . . I hope this has not caused you too much distress.  I am writing you today from a house in Dolores, CO, where I am contentedly sitting on my tush, doing nothing.  Well, blogging.  But blogging isn't a particularly physically or emotionally demanding enterprise.  At least not when you're writing about buses, and you're the busninja.  Anyway.

What are you doing in southwestern Colorado, you might ask?  What is there to do out there?  Well, plenty.  Hiking.  Rafting.  Fishing.  Cliff-dwelling ruins.  Very small rocks.  And, the Durango public transit system.

I did not actually ride the Durango transit system.

(I was with other people, and when I'm with other people, I try to exist on the same plane they do.  Which takes more effort than you might realize, if you don't already exist on a different plane than most people around you.)

But I did pick up a map, and I studied it quite carefully.  Which came in handy.

We were on our way back from a hike, and it became apparent that our dinner was not going to make itself; neither were we particularly willing to buy dinner on the same day as we had collectively spent $109-plus-tax on art.  The question was raised as to whether there was a Wal-Mart (R) in Durango or not.

Now, I knew there was a Wal-Mart (R) in Durango, because one of the buses I saw while we were in Durango had said "WALMART" on the front.  We had not seen the actual Wal-Mart (R) while we were in town earlier that day, however, so it became necessary to consult what little cartography our vehicle contained at the moment.

The tourist map did not have Wal-Mart (R) on it.  But the transit map did!  Points for me.

Once we established where Wal-Mart (R) was in Durango, it was then decided that Wal-Mart (R) was completely on the wrong side of town, and that we should look for another grocery establishment more congruent to our current trajectory through town.  Back to the transit map.

In the detailed list of stops (a luxury that Durango Transit, which runs five routes during the weekday rush, can afford; but UTA, which runs over a hundred during the same time, cannot) I found something called "North City Market," which, when we came upon it, looked very grocery-store-ish, so we pulled in.  We were initially nervous about what we were to find inside, as some grocery stores are better than others, but were comforted when we went in and saw that everything was made of Kroger (R).  A few minutes and a few groceries (and a very necessary trip to the restroom) later, we were happily again on our way.

Now, you may say that we could have seen the City Market without the transit map.  Sure.  Some of us are lucky.  But some of us know how to read a transit map.  And someday, that will make the difference between a happy vacation and a sad one.  Someday.

1 comment:

  1. Probably very similar to Smiths, and being a Kroger store your Smith's rewards would work.

    When on vacation it is nice to see the maps at the bus shelters.