My First Wild Adventure In Seven Weeks Was Uber!

I-70 parking lotAfter 7 weeks of sitting home recuperating after surgery, I was ready for adventure. My husband, Danny, went skiing with work buddies, so I decided to drive up Friday night and meet him in the mountains. We have a home on Baldy Mountain just above the town of Breckenridge opposite the ski resort. I just about gave up packing my car since I was so exhausted, but forced myself to keep going.  I HAD TO GET OUT OF THE HOUSE! On my way up, I hit a snowstorm, but love driving in snowy conditions even though it added an hour to my drive. I’m a Wild Driver.

As promised by my surgeon, I woke up Saturday morning with unbelievable energy after a steroid shot the Monday before. I decided to make a breakFEAST. While running to the grocery store, I pulled over next to a gnarly snowboarder dude with some pretty cool dreads waiting at the bus stop.

“Want a ride?” I asked, “I’m headed to City Market.”

“That would be great!” said the Dude. “I’ve been waiting a long time for the bus. I was afraid I’d be late. My buddies and I want to make first tracks at A-Basin.”

He told me he spends half his time in Breck and the other half in Maui. I dropped him in town at Starbucks where he worked and would meet his friends.

“Next time you come to Starbucks, coffee’s on me!” he said and hopped out.

“Ski a run for me!” I shouted.

I bought groceries and went home to make said feast. My daughter and her friend drove my husband, Danny, to the mountain to ski and I found myself stuck inside once again. I got a call thirty minutes later. For the first time ever, they couldn’t find parking. All the lots were full. It was dumping bucket-loads of snow and everyone wanted to get on the mountain. There was a huge line at the Gondola in town too. They returned home so I could drive them.

As we made our way down Baldy, we noticed the bus stops were packed with people. I passed a throng at the first stop and then passed by a snowboarder standing at the next one down the road. I stopped and threw my car in reverse. While I backed up about three hundred feet, my husband asked, “What are you doing?”

“Giving him a ride. We have room.” I rolled down my window.

“Hey! We’re headed to Peak 7. Want a ride?” The snowboarder was very grateful. We picked up his friend hiking down the road and then headed to the resort.

After I dropped them off, I drove back home and noticed the bus stops were still full. My guess was everyone and their grandmother wanted to go skiing since we had a pretty long dry spell and the flakes were flying. I formulated a theory. I bet the busses are filling up before making it to the top of Baldy.  When I noticed three snowboarders waiting at that lower stop, I had a Eureka moment.

I rolled down my window. “You want a ride?”Wild driver

They jumped inside and one guy said, “Thanks! The bus is really late.”
I dropped them off at Peak 8 and told them, “Take a run for me.” They gave me a thumbs up and high-tailed it to the lift.

Returning home, I saw a young woman at the lower bus stop. “You need a ride?”

She worked on Main Street and was going to be late. She was from Arkansas and had graduated from the University of Northern Colorado. “I decided to spend one winter in the mountains before getting a real job,” she said I dropped her off at Bubba Gump’s.

I drove back up Baldy and returned with another carload then headed back up Baldy again. A bus had come by and four people remained at the top bus stop. “You want a ride to the mountain?”

The couple piped up first. “Sure! You can drop us in town.” The older ladies who held skis glanced at each other and didn’t move.

“I know. I look pretty sketchy.” I said jokingly, “You can wait for the bus.”

They followed the couple, threw their skis in the back of my car, and jumped inside. The couple was from Denver. They were late in meeting their son at the Marriott where he worked. The hotel was my first stop. The Ladies were from Nashville.

“We always bring the snow with us,” they said and giggled. We’d love a ride to Peak 8, if it’s not too much trouble.

“No trouble at all,” I said. As I passed three skiers at the bus stop less than a mile away from the resort, I shook my head. They would be better off walking.

I parked in the skier drop-off and the Ladies said, “Can we give you anything?”
“Just ski a run for me,” I said like I had told everyone else that day.

Those same three skiers waited at the bus stop. I pulled over and rolled down my window. “You’ve been waiting a long time. “You want a ride to Peak 8?”

They looked at each other and then nodded. I made a U-turn and picked them up. “I’ve been driving stranded skiers and boarders all day. The busses are running behind schedule today.”

“Why are you doing this?” one of the guys asked.

“I had knee surgery seven weeks ago. I can’t ski, but I thought I’d help you out.” I pulled into the drop-off.

“You should drive with Uber and make some money.” he said.

“Just ski a run for me.”

They were amused and really thankful like everyone else. They hopped out of the car and promised they would keep me in mind while taking their first run.

By the time I got home, the busses had caught up. My work was done for the day.
Would I do it again?

The next morning, my husband said, “I’ll take the bus.”

I laughed. “I drove strangers all day yesterday. I can drive you.”

As I passed the empty bus stop, I was disappointed. I thought about all the people I helped out the day before and how they skied a run for me. I got a lot of virtual vertical feet in! It’s never hard for a Wild Rider to find adventure and it was about dang time…

Have you ever picked up random strangers? Would you like to be a cab driver for a day?

Clarification: Breckenridge is a resort town. I would NEVER pick up random strangers in Boulder. But then again, see post below… 

Related post: The time I hitchhiked a ride on a plane.

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  1. I was a little concerned initially about you picking up strangers, but it all seemed to make sense in the end 🙂 I don’t think I’ve ever picked up a stranger that I can remember, although I have got into strangers’ cars a few times over the years, which is probably much worse because the one driving has the power and control right? Sounds like you made a lot of people’s days there, good on you! And you got to go out on an unusual adventure too!


  2. Yes, I think you’re pretty safe picking up strangers in Breck, Susie. I’m glad you had a good time at the mountain even if it was virtual vertical feet! We went last week and had a blast at Keystone on Thursday. We’re headed up next week for three days – the snow should be awesome by then – oh and I got new boots! So excited!


    1. Whoa! Fantastic. New boots are always a joy. I had a pair for a couple of years that were rear entry. The cord across the top of my foot damaged my nerves. I didn’t have any feeling until the following year!
      Have fun and ski a run for me!

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  3. You live in a much different world than I live in. No way would I pick up a stranger around here. Big city, strange folks. Wouldn’t be safe. Happy to know that at least somewhere in this country, you can do a kind deed without fear. Good job Susie!


    1. Thanks Ally! The resort town of Breckenridge is very safe. Many people live there year-round and visitors come up to enjoy mountain adventures. It’s a very happy place and nothing like a big city. I would never pick up strangers at a bus stop in Boulder, at least I haven’t yet. I watched an older woman struggling in the wind one day and considered offering her a ride, but there was no place to pull over. Poor lady!


  4. The only stranger I ever picked up was an old lady, carefully walking in the snowy street with a little bag of groceries. She didn’t even hesitate before getting in the car. I wouldn’t dream of stopping except for old people and young mothers. You really ARE a wild woman, Miss Susie Q. (Shaking head in wonder and admiration.)


    1. Thanks so much, Peg!!! That is cool that you helped out an old lady.
      It’s different up in Breck. It’s pretty obvious where people are headed when they are carrying gear like boards and skis. I would consider helping out an old lady in Boulder, but would NEVER pick up gnarly dudes down there. They could be headed to Denver and I’d really put on the miles…


  5. I don’t have a car, Susie, so the only picking up I do is via social situation on foot. I hope that all of your chauffeuring results in good karma points that will allow you to return to the slopes in the not too distant future.


    1. Thanks so much, V! I’m looking forward to that karma kicking in…..ANY DAY NOW!!! *looks skyward*
      I’ll have to improvise today since Danny took the car to Vail. I’m sure I can find an adventure somehow!


  6. You are the coolest person I know (virtually). You are like a skier’s guardian angel.
    There was a time I picked up strangers all the time. Before that I spent a lot of my time hitchhiking wherever I went. It’s sad that people really can’t do that anymore.


  7. I cannot tell you how much I love that you did this! I just posted an entry on my blog, minutes ago, talking about the good/bad schizophrenic quality the world seems to have some days/weeks. You just tipped the scales SO in favor or Glinda the Good Witch:).


    1. Awwwww! Thank you!
      The people I picked up were super grateful. I was actually disappointed when the busses caught up. It’s a bluebird day up here and Danny took the car to Vail, so I’ll have to find another kind of adventure… 🙂
      Have a spectacular weekend, Kay!

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    1. I’m glad the safety of it came through in my writing. It’s different up here. It’s a resort town. In the morning, everyone is at the bus stop either waiting to be taken to the slopes, to town to shop, or to work. I can’t imagine anyone hiding an ax in their ski gear. 🙂 Ha!


  8. Susie, that’s SO you! Giving lifts has always been a bit of a tradition in Whistler, too, but I’ve never heard of anyone running a shuttle service like you did, out of the sheer goodness of your heart. Way to go!


    1. Thanks Pat! I wouldn’t turn down a ride either. I’m sure Whistler has it’s impulsive and random shuttle drivers like me. It’s probably a mountain tradition everywhere!
      I just needed to get out. Danny has the car today, so we’ll see where my own two feet take me….


  9. What awesomeness, Susie! You really do rock (which I already knew). Great idea and great way to spend the day. Maybe you even inspired all the people who took a ride from you to pay it forward.

    Here in our college town, we have picked up a couple of students walking to their dorms tugging huge suitcases and looking lost. I don’t do it when I’m alone but with Mr. B I feel safer. 🙂


    1. First of all, thank you for your super kind words, Maria, and for the tweet!
      How cool are you and Mr. B! I bet the students are so thankful and look at it as a sign they picked the right college!
      That was one thing I kept hearing last weekend. “Breckenridge is the friendliest ski town.” 🙂

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  10. Crazy Susie! Normally I would tell you how crazy unsafe that was seeing how I grew up in the inner city and shady people were always about, but I figure the neighborhood you were I seemed pretty safe. And I can’t tell you how awesomely amazing those random acts of kindness were. Love it! I actually just gave somebody a ride home, not a stranger per se, but not a friend either. A mom at my son’s school was walking home after taking her kids to school in the AM and on this particular day the palm trees were swaying massively with string winds and as I saw her sweater flapping in the breeze I pulled over and said you want a ride? It felt good to help someone out, but I’m sure it felt even greater for you seeing how you rescued all these boarders and skiers. Well done! Have a great weekend Wild Driver!


  11. I have to admit, when I read about you picking up the Starbucks guy, my gut had that overprotective husband/father queasy feel. I totally like the idea though and would so do the same thing. It would be worth it just for the conversations!


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