I missed a certain detail during this year’s political campaign. Or maybe it was reported and I was too busy trying not to see or hear anything about a certain female vice presidential candidate. Or maybe it was so obvious to everyone (except me) that no one thought it worth mentioning.
Ladies and gentlemen, you can not see Russia from any place in Wasilla, Alaska; or from the governor’s office in Anchorage; or from the Governor’s Mansion in Juneau; or from any location anywhere near them. You can’t even see Russia from the top of Mount McKinley (Denali), the highest point in Alaska.
I had put the election, and especially the candidate from Alaska, behind me. Honest. But this morning, following links from a favorite Allenspark, Colo., webcam, I came across an interactive map showing just how wildly the governor was exaggerating when she said she could see Alaska from her front porch or wherever. (Click a marker on the map and zoom in. The areas visible from that point are marked in red.) Even if she meant Alaskans in general can see Russia, she was about 99% wrong.
Oh well, move along, folks. The only news here is that yours truly didn’t bother to look at a map until now.