July 27th, 2009


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Written by: Craig Robinson

balanced-rockFrom time to time, TIR will give our gubernatorial and other Republican candidates in contested primaries the opportunity to communicate directly with our readers. Today, 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.

About the Author

Craig Robinson

Craig Robinson is the founder and editor-in-chief of, a political news and commentary site he launched in March of 2009. Robinson’s political analysis is respected across party lines, which has allowed him to build a good rapport with journalist across the country.

Robinson has also been featured on Iowa Public Television’s Iowa Press, ABC’s This Week, and other local television and radio programs. Campaign’s & Elections Magazine recognized Robinson as one of the top influencers of the 2012 Iowa Caucuses.

A 2013 Politico article sited Robinson and as the “premier example” of Republican operatives across the country starting up their own political news sites. His website has been repeatedly praised as the best political blog in Iowa by the Washington Post, and in January of 2015, Politico included him on the list of local reporters that matter in the early presidential states.

Robinson got his first taste of Iowa politics in 1999 while serving as Steve Forbes’ southeast Iowa field coordinator where he was responsible for organizing 27 Iowa counties. In 2007, Robinson served as the Political Director of the Republican Party of Iowa where he was responsible for organizing the 2007 Iowa Straw Poll and the 2008 First-in-the-Nation Iowa Caucuses. Following the caucuses, he created his own political news and commentary site,

Robinson is also the President of Global Intermediate, a national mail and political communications firm with offices in West Des Moines, Iowa, and Washington, D.C. Robinson utilizes his fundraising and communications background to service Global’s growing client roster with digital and print marketing.

Robinson is a native of Goose Lake, Iowa, and a 1999 graduate of St. Ambrose University in Davenport, where he earned degrees in history and political science. Robinson lives in Ankeny, Iowa, with his wife, Amanda, and son, Luke. He is an active member of the Lutheran Church of Hope.

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