The experiment continued today – it wasn’t the perfect scenario from a business perspective, but it was a fun, interesting and inexpensive adventure.
We took the Amtrak train from Denver to Glenwood Springs, Colorado. From Glenwood Springs we took a Greyhound bus to Vail.
The train ride was a unique experience – one that deserves its own blog post – I will say this, though … the beautiful Colorado scenery barely overshadowed the pungent aroma of body odor that occupied our train car.
We opted for this planes, trains, and automobiles adventure as a costing-cutting measure. (On the same trip last year, we spent almost $400 on a rental car.) What we DIDN’T realize until after the 7-hour ride on “Stinky Train” – we could have taken a bus from Denver to Vail, been there 8 hours earlier, and saved $17.
FINANCIAL (Goal: $130 – Amount Spent: $67)
• TRANSPORTATION: $45 total to Vail (included the train and bus fare)
NOTE: Brilliant marketing campaign by Denny’s. I thought it was a solid commercial, a terrific offer, and a great branding tactic – “Isn’t it time for a serious breakfast?” What I loved the most … EVERYBODY was talking about it. (FYI: Normally, a Grand Slam Breakfast is $5.99.)
– Bottled water on the train (I left my Nalgene bottle on my cousin’s kitchen table in Denver) – $2
– Cup of coffee on the train – $2
– Typed up an e-mail proposal/quote request for our web developer and saved it in my Draft Folder so I could send it later in the day.
– Modified my publication proposal (Thanks, Mr. Bloomberg for your advice/guidance.)