Cheap Green Thrills

February 15, 2009 at 4:58 pm Leave a comment

Transit TransfersI was recently out of the office on a course and was forced to take public transit to get there.  All of these years of carpooling to work made me forget about my old university years of riding the bus everywhere. I would have to say that I have been spoiled or made lazy by the convenience of a vehicle.  Surprisingly, I got to my course a lot faster and cheaper than if I were to drive.  By the time, I factored in gas, parking and the additional time I would have spent on the road, I paid for my lunch out and then some.   My little one had mentioned to me one morning that she wanted to take the bus with me.   I thought about it and figured, why not?  Of course, she didn’t come to my course but we decided to take public transit on the weekend as a day trip.   She loved the idea of riding the Skytrain and Seabus.  It was a cheap trip because the kids were free (under 5) and riding through all zones was the same price.  She was excited to be able to gaze out the window and watch the buildings and scenery go by.  Her favourite part of it all was going into the tunnels.

Anyway, it was a great way for us to spend a day without having to add more to our carbon footprint.  It exposed us to the simplicities that excite a child and it made us realize that entertaining a child doesn’t have to be complicated or expensive.  As well, it saved us the hassle of driving with the kids all day.

Do you have any other tips or suggestions about some cheap and green thrills?

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