Monday, February 4, 2008

Trolley Trouble

If you ever want to do something "different" with your kids in this small town of Ojai, resist the urge to buckle them into their car seats and drive downtown. Instead, take the Ojai Trolley. And don't go to a playground, go to the Ojai Library. (No, the Ojai Chamber of Commerce did not recruit me for free advertising.)

This morning, Eric had a wonderful idea...let's take the trolley to the library and go to lunch and return home. Our books were due today, anyway, so we put them in the book bag and walked to the corner of our street (one house length) to wait for the trolley. We had a fun ride into town and a fun time at the library, too. Then we walked across the street to the new Jim & Rob's Fresh Grill and had a fun lunch. We had almost an hour to spare after lunch before the next trolley would arrive to take us home, so we walked to Cluff Vista Park and had more fun. We could have gone to Libbey Park, but we wanted to go to a place without a playground, so we would be forced to spend time together as a family, as opposed to watching our kids play on the jungle gym. We had fun throwing coins in the fountain (although Amber would have rather kept the money for her piggy bank), exploring the area for "treasures" and playing tag. We also read some of the new books from the library.

It was time to return to the trolley stop in front of Carrows to catch the 12:29 trolley back to our house. We got there at 12:25 and waited, and waited, and waited. Eric looked at the trolley schedule once more, to discover that he had misread the time. It came at 12:24. We had missed it by a minute. We were so focused on getting the kids safely across the street (we didn't bring a stroller) that we didn't even see the trolley whiz past us. I had a doctor appointment coming up shortly, and so we couldn't wait another hour for the next trolley. So, what does a family do when they're stuck in downtown Ojai with no way to get back home? They walk to the nearest family they know and hitch a ride. We walked the short distance to our good friends David & Lea Gonzalez' home, and Lea drove us to our house. (Thanks Lea!)

It was a fun day, despite the hiccup of missing the trolley. In fact, the hiccup is what made the day even more fun! Anyone can drive downtown and back. Anyone can take the trolley downtown and back. But it becomes an adventure (on a small scale) when you're stuck downtown and have to figure out how to get yourself and two tired little girls back home.

6 comments:

eccobellea said...

....and what a treat it was just to see you all! Stop by anytime...for any reason!xoxoLea

frisky said...

I was looking at the SCAT bus at the stop while I was filling up the van with $45 in gas and wondering what it would be like to take the bus instead. Hmm, one day I'll try it... maybe.

ATSmith said...

Gina - please, don't take the SCAT ... I think it's a bit of a scary bus. Of course, you were kidding, right? I have always wanted to take Sage on the Trolley. Maybe we will soon : )

Melanie said...

Abby loves the trolley. She calls it hers and grandma's. They did a trip to Vons and Bonnie Lu's on it when Lila was born. When we went to San Francisco she couldn't believe they had trolleys like hers and grandma's. Ha ha!

heidibelle said...

OH how I miss Ojai... we loved the Trolley too. Although we could walk to those places from our apartment! :) And we did often. I really LOVED living downtown Ojai. And I miss walking. It is a rough walk to go anywhere from here...

Jeff Frazee said...

well, I just read what Heidi said... and she pretty much said everything I was going to say. OJAI ROCKS!