On Interstate 50 North, approaching Grand Junction, we were impressed by changes of landscape from mountains, green forests, lakes and rivers to golden brown flat lands with occasional mesas. This area is so different from one's image of Colorado. It reminds us of Wyoming or Montana.
The name "Grand" refers to the Grand River which was renamed as the Upper Colorado River in 1921. The name "Junction" refers to the confluence of the Colorado and Gunnison rivers.
Grand Junction and its surrounding area has developed as a major mountain biking destination. Looking at a visitor guide, there are a number of organized events throughout the year to attract bikers from around the country.
Grand Junction is one of the two designated viticultural areas (production, science and study of grapes) in Colorado. There are 22 wine tasting rooms in the area but I think J.J. and I will adhere to enjoying Colorado's luscious, mouth-watering peaches and other local fruits.
Aloha -- Cathi