Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Grand Valley

The Grand Valley is an approximate 30 miles long and five mile wide area along the Colorado River on the western slope.  The area was originally the home of the Ute tribes who called the Colorado River the Grand.

The area is bordered by the Grand Mesa on the south and by large plateau formations, including the Bookcliffs along the north side.  Grand Junction  is the largest city in the valley.

If you Google the region, the result will be locations of wineries and orchards, which is why we made the trip from Vail.

Our first stop was Palisade.  We had our picnic lunch so we just wanted to find a shady location in a peach orchard.  That we did with juicy ripe peaches and cherries.

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From the orchard, we headed to Two Rivers Winery, our kids’ favorite.  We spent a lot of time over our (free) generous tasting.  It is a beautiful venue and exceptional wine.  No one seemed in a hurry and neither were we.  Sometimes a winery visit can be like that—an inviting place where guests are treated as just that.  It probably helped that we did a little Christmas shopping.

Next, we unloaded our bikes at the Botanical Gardens, which to my disappointment was closed on Mondays.  Still it was a good place to park to catch the Colorado Riverfront Trail which follows the river for 22 miles through the Grand Valley.  We didn’t ride the entire trail but enjoyed all that we covered, including interpretative signs about the region and how it was formed.

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No one gets thirsty on the trail!

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We brought home a large box of peaches.  We ate, shared and ate some more of those juicy peaches.  I finally froze three or four to empty the box.  In all of that box, not one spoiled.  Definitely money well spent.

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