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Old 05-16-2010, 12:15 AM
 
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I don't agree that we have any sort of "mild" climate or a long spring or fall. I've lived on the western slope my entire life and, if you're lucky, you get a month and a half of tolerable weather in the springs and falls and then it's too cold or too hot. There is definitely a period of a couple weeks where you're turning your heater on in the car in the morning as you drive to work but on the drive home you're rocking the A/C. That's part of living in the desert--we have to deal with the temperature extremes that come with our nice 0% humidity.

Grand Junction had some practical stuff for kids when I was younger that I sure miss. I remember visiting the Doo Zoo children's "museum" (more like a big playhouse, really), the roller rink, and of course Fun Junction amusement park. We don't have any of those anymore. Affordable family fun is hard to find here now. Bananas is nothing more than a glitzy chain-style venues where you can play a game of laser tag for $5 a run (no, seriously) or end up shelling out like $60 for a family to have access to the amenities. Kidzplex is fairly reasonable but it's more for younger kids (it's like a big McDonald's playland). For tweens who aren't sport-lovers there's not much at all.

There is a Drive-In movie theatre in a small town about 40 minutes away that we enjoy taking the kids to. There are a few public pools, one of which has a cool waterslide. There's a botanical garden that is a bit boring and overpriced but it has a free day once a month and is situated right at the riverfront. I'm not a really outdoorsy person either but it is fun to take short walks with the kids in those types of areas and let them explore Mother Nature a bit.

Anyway it sounds like you aren't too keen on coming here...if you want a bigger city, this is definitely not for you. I love the small-but-not-too-smallness of Grand Junction. We're actually looking at moving to Pittsburgh and I'm not sure if I'll be able to handle the lack of sunny days...this long, weird, winter has almost driven me nuts and I'm pretty sure this would be nothing compared to there.
This has been a very helpful post. Its true, I think GJ is not likely to be ideal for us. We have made do in small towns 35-50000 pop., but we need a little less isolation to make that happen. Due to the distance from a large metro area, we have decided to Nix GJ. I am sure it is a wonderful place, just not for us. Thanks so much for taking the time to post.
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Old 05-17-2010, 12:20 PM
 
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I don't agree that we have any sort of "mild" climate or a long spring or fall. I've lived on the western slope my entire life and, if you're lucky, you get a month and a half of tolerable weather in the springs and falls and then it's too cold or too hot.
Or windy.
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