Alyssa Roberts

Alyssa Roberts
Grand Junction, CO

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

The Colorado River

  The Colorado River runs right through Grand Junction and it offers a wide variety of activities. Interestingly enough, the name "Grand" refers to the historical upper Colorado River until renamed in 1921, and the word "Junction" is from the joining of the Colorado and Gunnison rivers; hence the name Grand Junction.
   Rafting is a very popular activity that the river offers. Small rapids and relatively calm water make this a great family affair. If you prefer to stay out of the water there is a outstanding river trail that takes you along the river. This is very popular among bikers and joggers because of the great beauty of nature and many enjoy strolling along the side of the river. It takes you through beautiful cottonwood forests where you will usually here the melody of local birds chirping away. The Colorado River definitely offer many fun and exciting things to do this upcoming summer.

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Palisade Wineries

  Not only does Palisade possess gorgeous landscapes that Colorado offers but it also holds a secret gem - Colorado wine! Located in the Grand Valley, this delightful town iss just right outside of Grand Junction. Known for its outstanding Colorado wineries, this small town possesses two-thirds of Colorado vineyard acreage and more than one-quarter of Colorado wineries. The climate here seems to be perfect for growing grapes which are them harvested to produce award-winning wines. There are many wineries here that offer tours and tastings which could make for a fun day out. Whether you are a wine fanatic or just want to see the beauty these vineyard retain this would be the place for you.

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Downtown Grand Junction

   Nestled in the heart of the Grand Valley, and home to dozens of delightful shops, music venues, restaurants, galleries and area services, is Downtown Grand Junction. As you walk along the streets you'll probably notice fun sculptures, historical buildings, bright flowers and plants. They have everything from fancy upscale restaurants to quaint shops where you can find unique gifts or trinkets. If you are looking for some musical entertainment the Avalon Theatre is located near by and is one of Colorado's largest performing art halls.  World-renowned artists such as Al Jolson, John Philip Sousa, Ethel Barrymore, Collective Soul, Lyle Lovett, John Prine and Pat Benatar have graced its stage. With an abundance of things to offer this makes downtown Grand Junction a great place to visit.

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Colorado Mesa University

    Just recently upgraded to a university in 2011, this  makes Colorado Mesa University a great place to look into. Founded in 1925, Colorado Mesa University is a comprehensive regional public higher education institution offering liberal arts, professional, and technical programs at the master's, bachelor's, associate, and certificate levels. The education here is considered some of the best in the state. Not only are they recognized for academic excellence but they compete well in athletics. The university currently competes in 22 varsity sports and offers students the opportunity to earn a degree while still competing. With the many electives and the diverse classes, this should make anyone consider Colorado Mesa University for receiving their higher education.