In this day and age most people can’t image living without their trusty car. However, when times get tough, traffic gets overwhelming, and/or the ongoing drain on resources of owning a car, it helps to consider some of the alternative (and sometimes less costly) modes of transportation. In fact, there have been numerous times in my life that it was much better not having a car.
Winter in Montana can be rough for people, and on cars it can even be worse. Being raised on a ranch, there were numerous times in 25 below weather or in heavy snow that the old pickup would fail to start or fail to be useful in the deep snow. However, the cattle would still need to be fed (even more so in bad weather). So we had two options, either start up the snowmobile or use horse drawn wagons. Even on the worst of days, the horse would always start. At times you could almost see them looking down their noses at the useless vehicles. The horses would again prove useful over the lazy car come the end of summertime when we used to round up the cattle from the park and herd them 10 miles in a cattle drive to home.
The next time where living without a car was a preferred method was when I was doing some work in Alaska. It was about 500 miles up the coast from Anchorage near Platinum and Good News Bay. There were no roads in or out and the only way to really get around was by boat, plane, or hiking. One of the most memorable times was just after we flew past some volcanoes during the salmon run. We counted over 50 bears along the stretch of the river. What beautiful scenery that no car could reach.
Car Worn Out
Sometime a good reason to get rid of a car and start using another form of transportation is that they just wear out. I had done some work for this lady that had lived out in the boondocks and in return she sold me an old Honda (for a dollar) that had her two pet wolves living in it. Being that I wanted a beater car to take out into some rough areas, I took her up on the deal. Finally on an adventure going cross country out past the logging roads, the rear bumper fell off and the muffler system decided to make friends with a big rock and stay behind (I picked them both up on the way back to town). Being that most of the parts of the vehicle had fallen off (and the wolves had chewed off all the seatbelts), I decided to switch to backpacking to get to some of my favorite remote areas.
Being that things like weather, wilderness, wars, women (the war and women are a different story), and the fact that cars wear out thereby rendering that pricey vehicle unusable; sometimes life is just easier finding a different way to get around. Sometimes it makes more sense to bus, bike, use the subway, car pool, hike (healthy), or just ride a horse. One of my current plans as a Professional Engineer is to one day finish building my low cost jet-pack design (it is about 1/4 of the way done) and just fly to wherever I need to go. It sure beats sitting in some traffic jam wishing you were somewhere else.