My Adventure On RTD and Free Cash!

I’ve lived in Denver for almost a year now, and the only public transportation I’ve taken advantage of is the free 16th street mall ride.


The mall ride is a free shuttle offered that takes you up and back the pedestrian walkway in downtown Denver.  It’s actually right outside our door so it’s fairly convenient when we’re going downtown.  Like last week when we got our marriage license!

Today, Zach needed the car to go to the DMV.  Normally I’d just ask a coworker to take me home, but today I was feeling adventurous.  I figured the new West Line trainline is way to convenient for me to not utilize, and what better day then today to give it a shot!

So. . . I got a ride into work from a good looking gentlemen


With the plans to have a mini adventure on the train this afternoon.

The Light Rail!

I left work a few minutes before 5:00, knowing that there was a train a few minutes after 5 that I wanted to be able to catch.

The station is about a 5-7 minute walk from my office building, so not bad at all.


I grabbed my stuff and hit the road!


There are RTD ticket machines that make it quick and easy for you to buy your tickets.  Credit card or cash (2.25 for a single ride)


By about 5:08 the train was there and I was on my way home.  I was actually surprised by how nice the train is.  The seats are cushioned and reminded me of the Metra line in Chicago.  Big enough for two people, but everyone had their own seat.


I settled in and was ready for a relaxing, non-traffic stress inducing trip home.


Yes. . . I do pretty much always have snacks for on the road. Even on a 20 minute train ride.

Lucky enough for me, I had some coworkers of mine hope onto our car a few stops in!  They were on their way to the Rockie’s game tonight, so my trip seriously flew by.   Within what seemed like no time at all, we were pulling into Union Station, Downtown.


It says 525, sorry for the sun blurball!


Just like that I was home!  And guess who was waiting for me! 🙂


I spy a Zach and a Gusman…


Gus was VERY excited to see Mom!

Honestly, my first adventure on the light rail was beyond a breeze.  I kind of hoped that I would have some crazy adventure to tell you all about, but no suck luck.  At least I had coworkers to entertain me :).  I will absolutely be taking the light rail in the future whenever Zach may need the car.  Need to support Denver, right? 🙂

A few things I would note:

  • The cars themselves are super quiet and clean
  • They were on schedule and on time for my ride today
  • My ticket was not checked, but I’m told that they do check periodically, and there is a BIG fine if you don’t have a ticket.
  • There are park and rides on many of the major stops along the rail, so people are free to park their cars and go into the city.  That’s what my coworkers did and it seemed easy peasy.

There was some excitement when I got home though!

Free Cash!

I got two dollars in the mail today you guys! 🙂


I was far too excited by this fact.  I got sent a survey, with two dollars in the envelope.  The letter said that if you filled out the survey, that they would send you five dollars more in return, the 2 dollars was just incentive.  HELLO FREE MONEYS!

I was bragging about my winnings for a good 10 minutes to Zach.  He wasn’t too impressed with my proclaiming to now be the breadwinner of the house. . . but I say he’s just jealous he didn’t get 7 dollars today.

Hey, the 2 dollars already basically paid for my trip home.  Awesome!

In actuality, I’m sure that I am going to be emailed, called, and sent letters crazy style for the next few months, but hey, it’s free cash :).

The only thing better than free cash?


Baking. . . well not exactly baking as much as pouring a brownie mix into a bowl, adding applesauce and egg whites, then putting it in the oven.  But hey, we had them, and I am craving chocolate like nobody’s business, so we made them 🙂  At least I somewhat healthified them, right?






The brownies were dessert to a nice, healthy and much more well rounded meal.

Bison steak, grilled corn on the cob, and sourdough toast with homemade raspberry jam.



And now, after my adventurous evening, it’s time to relax with the furry family.  Have a great night all! 🙂

Question:  1. Have you ever received cash in the mail like this? 2.  Do you use public transportation where you live?

20 thoughts on “My Adventure On RTD and Free Cash!

  1. Ashley, I have really enjoyed reading your blog!!! And my brother has just moved out to the Greeley area so I will have to give them a tip about the park and rides! I am on the metra in Chicago as I type this 🙂

  2. $2! You are hilarious. :p Who in the world sends cash in the mail anymore, anyway? That’s ok, I’d be excited to get free cash in the mail, too. We have light rail but I’ve never take it. Sounds like a nice ride.
    I don’t know if bison and buffalo are the same but I recently found out that I love buffalo steak!

  3. Glad to hear the RTD was so easy and on time! I use public transit all the time when we lived in Seattle but driving in Denver is super easy since there’s parking everywhere. I do love good public transportation though; hope I have reason to use it more in the future!

  4. Glad the light rail was a breeze. Here the light rail typically makes for at least an interesting story to share with friends when you get home. Also, I got that survey thing in the mail once and just didn’t fill it out. A month or so later they sent me another one and said they would send me $10 if I would complete it. How can you resist that!

  5. Those are the BEST brownie mixes. I have no idea why Kevin chose the Hershey’s. Your light rail trip is actually inspiring! I never take public transportation either! Although I bike/walk a ton.

  6. I’m in the boonies now, so it’s all car, all the time for me, unless I’m heading down to NYC, then I hop over to the train.
    I love the $2 story, I’ve never heard of that!!! How funny.
    That brownie mix is amazing. It’s one of my favs!!

  7. I have gotten that survey before- but I just kept the $2 and didn’t fill out the survey! Free money for sure. I haven’t used the light rail much but I do love the 16th St Mall bus. So convenient as long as I am willing to walk from Cap Hill to the beginning of the mall bus!

  8. I used to always use the public transportation in Boston. I loved it! But now living in California it is just not time effective with where my work is located, which is a bummer because I would much rather sit on the train and read than be stuck in traffic!!

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