April Trip to Grand Junction, CO

While I wait for the grass to dry so I can go mow, after our latest 2 day, 2 + inch rain event, thought that I would blog on a non-balloon related event, an April trip out to Grand Junction, CO to visit with our son Grant and his family. It’s our 4th time to Colorado (2-Golden, 1-Denver/Edwards/Grand Junction, 1-just Grand Junction), since Grant and Katia moved down from Anchorage, Alaska 4 years ago.  Up until this trip, we haven’t had much luck with the weather in Colorado. We got snowed-on both trips to Golden, 1 in late April and 1 early November, rain and snow on the last trip to Edwards & Grand Junction, tho it was nice for the Denver part, but, we only got rain as we got off the plane in Grand Junction this time around. It’s funny, we visited Grant 3 times up in Alaska during the winter, and had great weather on all 3 trips, and, he moves to the high desert which is Colorado, that’s noted for dry wx and sun, and we get rain/snow during our spring and fall trips, except for this time, it was sunny and warm in Junction after rain the night of our arrival.

Since we wanted to fly direct to Grand Junction, this removed our usual go-to choice of Southwest, and flew United instead. We found the United experience to be pleasant and efficient, except for the beater regional jet (a Canadair RJ700 operated by Mesa Airlines) we flew from Alb (Albany) to ORD (O’Hare) on the way out.

Boarding Mesa Airlines beater RJ700 in Albany, a poor choice by United for a regional carrier.


The light show in the tunnel walkway between Concourse B & C, Terminal 1 at O'Hare in Chicago.


United's 757-220 we flew both ways between Denver and O'Hare was a very comfortable plane.


The RJ145 operated by ExpressJet Airlines for the short, 1 hour hop over the Rockies, also was a very comfortable plane to ride.

So, all-in-all, other than the Mesa Airlines beater jet, United was a pleasant experience getting to and from GJT on time.

View of the Rockies from our Embraer RJ145.

Well, it’s time to mow before the storms coming with the cold front get here. I’ll finish this trip blog as a part II.

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