Here are my Top 5 to get done this summer.

No, this is not a list of chores. It's a list of the cool things I plan to do this summer. I've been looking around and exploring since my arrival nearly two years ago but haven't really "done" very many. Perhaps my list will include a couple things you'd like to try this summer too.

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1-Attempt The Downhill Bike Trail at Powderhorn. Near the top of the Grand Mesa is the area's closest ski resort, Powderhorn. Every summer it's converted into a mountain biker mecca. They have a variety of trails to fit your skillset from beginner to expert. What's cool too is that Powderhorn rents everything you need for an afternoon of fun which starts with the Flat Top Flyer ride to the top.

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2-Try My Hand At Stand-Up Paddleboarding- I've been told that the Colorado River is the state's best boarding river. There are some slower, lazy, stretches of water from Palisade to Fruita. Sounds like a great spot to try and get a handle on this. Stop by Rimrock Adventures, they've got everything you need to get out on the river.

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3-Play A Round At Redlands Mesa- Currently, my game is not good. Back in the 90's, I spent a considerable about of time on the golf course. I managed to get pretty decent. I played a few courses around Kansas City and during the summers at The Lake of The Ozarks. Since moving here, all I've heard about is Redlands Mesa. It's consistently voted "one of Colorado's best golf cources." Even though my current skill level isn't "up to par", I still want to spend an afternoon taking in this beautiful course. You should too. Check them out by clicking HERE.

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2-Hike Up On The Grand Mesa-For some unknown reason I've not gone for a hike up there. I'm really busy and there are so many trails close to town is my excuse but that's going to change this summer. The world’s largest flat top mountain is a paradise. It boasts over 300 lakes and dozens of amazing trails. More info is on the USDA Forrest Sevice visit the website.

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1-Take In A Sunrise At The Colorado National Monument-I've been out there often but never at sunrise. I know why. I've simply been too lazy. I've taken in several sunsets. It's cool when the setting sun hits the Bookcliffs but I can only imagine what the Monument red-cliff rocks look like when the sun peeks over the Mesa and hits them directly. Now that the weather's warming, I've got to set an alarm and get out there early.

Credit: Visit Grand Junction