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Frank Bernheisel: The View From Here
Frank Bernheisel
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Frank Bernheisel
Posted 09.08.13
Just Outside Washington

FRANK BERNHEISEL

I may have seen Russia from afar

It was Saturday morning and we were riding in a very nice dome car with a bar on the Alaskan Railroad going from Anchorage to Denali. I was enjoying the scenery along the Cook Inlet through the lens of an early morning Bloody Mary, when the train screeched to an unexpected stop in Wasilla.

"What an opportunity!", I thought. I jumped off the train and ran down Railroad Avenue to Boundary Street and around. My goal was to meet and greet Her Cuteness, Sarah Palin. I quickly determined the Her Cuteness was out on a hunt and not in Wasilla. I was devastated.

Then, much to my surprise, a sign appeared -- The Sarah Palin Store.

I went Rogue and unleashed my camera, taking many pictures and enlisting passersby to take my picture in front of the store. I went to enter the store and my rogueness must have upset the proprietor because she locked the door and pulled down the "Closed" sign.

Undeterred, I went down the street and found one of Alaska's famous tourist souvenir shops. It was fully stocked with Sarah Palinaphernalia including: the SP Mug, SP Refrigerator Magnet, SP Card Deck, SP Pocket Knife (good for gutting moose), SP Christmas Tree Ornament, and the Sarah Palin Coloring Book.

I maxed out my credit card and had to forgo the Sarah Palin binoculars with which I was guaranteed to see Russia. Or was that Rush Limbaugh?

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I had no time to work that out -- the train whistle blew and I dashed for Railroad Avenue. I just managed to grab the railing of the observation deck and pull myself aboard as the train rolled north.

Back in the dome car with the advantages of its height and another Bloody Mary, I did see Russia, or maybe it was Sarah shimmering in the aurora borealis. You Betcha!

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