Ah, the good ol' days when Grand Junction was a lot smaller and there were things people did then that can't be done now. For some, these were just as good, if not better, than what we have today.

Swimming at the Moyer Pool

Photo by Robert Grant Courtesy Waylon Jordan

Long before the Lincoln Park Pool, splash pad and water slide, families around Grand Junction flocked to the Moyer Natatorium for swimming. The pool had a slide and diving board and plenty of sunny and shady spots for people to relax in when they weren't in the water.

Hanging Out at Mesa Drug

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While parents were shopping on Main Street, kids headed to Mesa Drug for milkshakes, malts, french fries and anything else they could afford. Sitting at the counter was cool because you could watch the soda-jockeys and cooks make all the things you wished you could buy.

Watch a Movie at the Chief or Rocket Drive-In

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Families, couples and teens all showed up to watch movies - or not - on the big screen. Precocious teens were apt to put two people in the front seats and everyone else in the trunk. Bail out behind the snack bar and those in the trunk picked up the tab for the snacks for everyone.

Surfing, Tubing, Water Skiing or Diving Into the Canal

Photo, Ed Chandler

No one told us we could die from these activities. In fact, some parents would join their kids for an inner tube float trip down the canal. The most daring got an inner tube and took a flying leap off the hills near Mantey Heights. This was mostly an activity for teens with good swimming skills or wimps who wore life jackets.

Ride a Bicycle Down I-70B From 30 Road to Downtown Without Risking Death

Photo, Ed Chandler

It's hard to believe, but there was actually a time when bicycling along the Business Loop wasn't all that dangerous. Of course, Grand Junction was a lot smaller and the 29 Road Interchange didn't exist, but it was, in many ways, a more efficient way to get downtown than riding along North Avenue.

Buy Gas at a Full Service Station

Photo by Robert Grant Courtesy Waylon Jordan

There was a time when gas stations were service stations. The attendant pumped your fuel, checked the tires and fluids and washed the windows. Plus, if you needed an oil change, parts or repair, this was the only place you needed to go.