Yes! Yes! We were on it. And it was great! Sure, we did go r-e-a-l-l-y slow at one point, but the views were more than worth it. We weren't on any time limits or job deadlines so we didn't care. Commuters grumbled but did they really expect to get there on time the first day? The very first trip of the day was worse than ours from what I understand.
The new snow really made the view incredible. We were just a few feet from the traffic on the slushy highway but it was like being in a different world. It was easy to rumble along, staring out. Those are the moments when I realize how lucky we are to live here. There is, for me at least, an emotional, spiritual connection to land & place. The buildings & churches were beautiful. The snow hadn't been wrecked yet. Horses stood in pristine fields.
Being in the middle of the highway was also fun. We waved & waved. All the folks waved at us & we waved back. They tried to keep up with us, waving all the way. We waved some more. We waved at the news helicopter. We waved at each other.
Our group; three grown, responsible (debatable) women & a 17 month old sweet baby girl. We sat up top at seats with a table, just like being in a booth. One friend & I sat riding backwards with Mama & the baby across from us. We had also crammed a stroller in there somehow. The friend next to me, by the window, says, after all the waving & excitement, " I think riding backwards is getting to me". You have never seen three women, a baby & a stroller move so fast.
Rearranged, we arrived in SF, without further ado. We walked & strollered our way around the plaza. It was gorgeous & all of those other cliched things I've written about living in New Mexico. We ate a great lunch then looked at a lot of expensive stuff we're going to buy when we win the lotto. The beautiful snow was turned into mush by then & looking like it would be going straight to ice in the next hour or so.
The ride home wasn't as thrilling. It was dark outside. We looked out at reflections of ourselves. It was crowded (New Mexico crowded, not even close to New York City subway crowded). Lots of working people just wanting to get home. Us just wanting to get home.
All in all, a really fun day. I liked my railrunner experience but I do have a few tips unless you travel like we do & each somehow assume the others have a grip on schedules, maps & details. Get a schedule & actually look at the times. The Runner is aimed at working folks (as it should be) & they just don't leave work in the middle of the afternoon. Pack accordingly. Oh yeah, read the large print; the FREE days are Saturday & Sunday, not the day we were on. We did manage one student discount ($6.00). The other two of us were $8.00. I tried for the senior discount but Elizabeth, our friendly ticket taker, wasn't buying it (God bless her). The baby was free. Still, not a bad deal. Can't wait to do it in Summer.
The very best thing: It goes "beepbeep"!