From time to time, TIR will give our gubernatorial and other Republican candidates in contested primaries the opportunity to communicate directly with our readers. Today, TheIowaRepublican.com gubernatorial op-ed series wraps up with State Representative Rod Roberts’s article. I want to commend all of our gubernatorial candidates who took the time to share with the readers of TIR their thoughts and visions for our state. Not only did the gubernatorial op-ed series last week give the candidates a direct line to the readers of TIR, it also allowed me to go on a vacation with my two older brothers and my Dad.
As a kid growing up, most of our family vacations centered on camping in eastern Iowa. I do remember one long road trip to Adventure Land in Altoona, but beyond that I can’t remember going on any long trips as a family. So joining my Dad and brothers for a seven day trip to Colorado and Utah was going to be quite an experience. The most difficult part of the trip wasn’t driving across Nebraska in the middle of the night (twice), but the fact that, for most of the trip, I was without internet and cell phone service.
After a long 12 hour drive, we made our way to Glenwood Springs, Colorado. It was there that we met up with my uncle who would be accompanying us on the trip. We spent most of Sunday at the Glenwood Hot Springs. The Hot Springs is the world’s largest hot mineral pool and is naturally heated to a comfortable 90 to 93 degrees year-round, It was also one of President Teddy Roosevelt’s favorite vacation spots.
After relaxing in Glenwood Springs, we continued to head west to Moab, Utah. If you love the outdoors, you will fall in love with Moab. Located near Moab are Arches and Canyonlands National Parks. Also worth visiting is Dead Horse State Park, which contains the highest view point of the Colorado River and its canyons. If visiting Moab, I recommend Pasta Jay’s for dinner and the Jailhouse Café for breakfast. Arches National Park is beautiful, and hiking up to Delicate Arch as the sun rises is an awesome site.
The focal point of our excursion was a three day rafting trip on the Colorado River. While the sites and the sounds of the river were amazing, there is nothing quite like setting up camp in a canyon alongside the river. Waking up and going to bed based on sunset and sunrise was a major change for me, but not having a signal to my blackberry for days was even more disturbing. However, being “un-plugged” for a few days ended up being exactly what I needed to re-charge my batteries.
We capped off the trip by camping at the foot of Mt. Sopris, just south of Carbondale, Colorado. The next day we made our way to Aspen where my brothers and I hiked up to Crater Lake at the base of the Maroon Bells. I have never been to a place that looks exactly like a perfect photograph. It was a great way to cap of a great week of bonding with my brothers and my Dad.
Now my focus returns to Iowa politics.
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