Instead of being attached to the sun visor in the car, the garage door opener now resides in my purse. It's more convenient there since I've been temporarily banned from driving. A simple foot surgery on my accelerator foot is what's slowing me down. After 10 days of home imprisonment, it was time to for a change of scenery, so I decided to check out public transportation.

Lucky for me and the residents of Lone Tree, we have a cool connection called Call-N-Ride. It's a nifty little coach that comes to pick up passengers at their front door, with an appointment of course. I called for a personal pick up and within the hour I was boarded and on my way to the Lincoln Station of the RTD Light Rail.

Lone Tree Call-N-Ride

My destination was the Denver Botanic Gardens. I had researched my route online, to confirm there was a bus route (#24) north on University. The bus stop was also conveniently located at the University Station, so all I needed to do was sit and wait.

In a few minutes the #24 came along. As a first-timer on the bus I asked for help. Thinking I needed to pay an additional fee, I discovered my Light Rail ticket entitled me to a transfer at no additional cost. Such a deal, 3 modes of transportation for $3, less than a gallon of gas!

My Saturday experience was pleasant and actually fun. At first I was unsure of what to expect, but each step of the way the drivers of both the bus and coach were friendly and helpful. Actually they went beyond helpful and anticipated my return trip home, providing tips and time lines.

The cost was most reasonable, relative to today's cost of gasoline it was actually a bargain. The amount of time the trip took also surprised me. I figured I'd be waiting around at a bus stop for much longer than I did. In the end I was only in transit for less than an hour. That's only about 15-20 minutes longer than the trip would have taken had I driven.

What did I learn? Besides being easy, inexpensive and convenient, the RTD system is a pleasant way to travel. When the opportunity arises, I will use it again. Beyond that, I now can attest to buyers moving into Denver that our Public Transportation System is first class.

NOTE: Call-n-Ride offers curb to curb service in the Metro Denver Communities of Arapahoe, Aurora, Brighton, Broomfield, Dry Creek, Evergreen, Gateway, Highlands Ranch, Interlocken/Westmoor, Longmont, Lousiville, Meridian, North Inverness, Orchard, Parker, South INverness, South Thornton, Northglenn, Superior, and Thornton/Northglenn.

Now about the Botanic Gardens...

Butterfly on a flower

Take a virtual tour of what I saw at the Denver Botanic Gardens as seen through my viewfinder.