Thursday, March 12, 2015

Road Trip - Grand Junction and Palisade

In my last post I talked about the outdoors stuff we did on my weekend road trip.  We also spent some time in Grand Junction, which is a lovely place with a nice downtown and cute neighborhoods.  That was all overshadowed by an odd bit of city planning choices.  On our way into town the first time we noticed a sign for a road named "29 1/2 Rd".  The next road was "29 1/4 Rd".  As our stay continued we found there were many fractional roads in Grand Junction.

I looked up the history of the road naming, and it makes an odd sort of sense.  The original road naming were establish by the county and were spaced widely apart.  As the town grew and filled in streets they named them with fractions.  Eventually the town switched to "normal" road names.

But it actually gets a little worse, as Grand Junction has a second set of numbered streets.  The county roads are marked with "Rd", while city streets are marked "St".  This caused us some confusion and leads to "26 1/2 Rd" changing to "7th St" when it crosses "F Rd".  (East/West county roads are lettered.)  Given the pattern with numbered roads, this really shouldn't be a surprised.

But, that is not what I came here to write about.  I want to talk about alcohol.

One of the goals of the trip was to visit a couple of Grand Junction breweries and try some beer we never had.  Frankly, we were a little disappointed.  The two places we visited were OK, but not special.  Since Palisade is nearby and is the center of Colorado wine, we decided stopped there and try out a winery.  While we were there we found a distillery and I got to sample high quality spirits for the first time.  (I have not been much of a hard liquor drinker.)  It was lovely.  The bourbon was lovely and the other offerings were quite interesting.

Next door was a winery where I found a couple of wines that I enjoy rather than just be OK with.

Next door to that was a brewery with a wonderful collection of beers.  I've always found a brew I enjoy at most every brewery, but here I found that I enjoyed the entire selection. Here is a picture of me and the flight we shared.

So, if you are in the area, I highly recommend going to Peach Ave near the tracks and try out these three alcohol providers:

Be good, have fun,

Bonus Track:
Inside joke for Kat.

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