Bonnie Says: Sarah Palin Told Us She Loves “Being Free” In Alaska But Her First Episode Adventures Cost $12,250!

Mon, November 15, 2010 5:29pm EST by 66 Comments

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Sarah you’ve got gumption to climb Mt. McKinley, but you’ve also got a loaded pocketbook!

Listen, I loved watching your new show, Sarah Palin’s Alaska, and my nine-year-old, Sasha was mesmerized too BUT you described your family as “normal, average Americans” and THAT is NOT reality.

When you and husband Todd took your daughter Piper and a niece on a salmon fishing expedition, you all boarded a private bush plane to fly into a wilderness lake, and you said repeatedly that Alaskans use planes to get around, as if it’s an everyday thing.

I was buying that explanation until I found out that your family fishing trip cost  at least $1000 per person, according to Brad (wouldn’t give me last name) from Alaska’s Boardwalk Lodge Adventure Tours, which provides flying and guiding fishing trips into the area that Sarah took her family.

Then, there’s Sarah and Todd’s mountain climbing expedition to Mt. McKinley. Sarah enthusiastically announced that the family would pile into the family RV — something “very popular” in Alaska — but the RV turned out to be a full motor coach. The cost on that is $975, for a one -way trip plus $150 for fuel, according to Alaska Transportation, a local company.

As for the guided climbing, which included another private air flight up to Ruth Glacier on Mt. McKinley — that invigorating outdoor activity — which also scared the bejeezus out of Sarah — would have cost the Palins $1000 each, according to Mark Gunlogson, President of Mountain Madness climbing which leads guided tours up McKinley.

So Sarah — the “epic landscape,” was epic as you described. your wardrobe of bright pink and green fleeces, was adorable and relateable. You talked a good we’re a “down home” family game, but your adventures are anything but down home for the average American family. Not every Alaskan family or for that sake American family can foot a $12,250 bill, for two days of adventures in the great outdoors.

Sarah, no matter how much you protest that you are misperceived, YOU need to face reality, you are not “normal,” nor “average” but you ARE entertaining! And this series is no doubt the BIGGEST privately-funded 21012 Presidential campaign TV add ever! Congrats on that too! I’m sure it will work.

–Bonnie Fuller


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tina

Posted at 4:54 PM on November 30, 2010  

All Palin did was talk about Bristol 24/7. You can tell she is pushing to make her daughter a celebrety but thats not good parenting at all if you ask me.

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vickie brown

Posted at 7:18 PM on November 24, 2010  

just think how we dodged a bullet! she says “who wants to sit in a yucky, blah, blah government office when you can be living free and all the B.S. what kind of vice president would she have been? scary thought, isnt it? however the show does really show the beauty of Alaska (that is the ‘best’ places in alaska they want us to see! what about some of the government’s covert projects going on right under her nose? are you telling me she’s that stupid or dilluted to not be aware of some of those projects that are costing trillions of dollars of the unknowing taxpayers that still believe in our government? i only pray that the mayan prediction of the world’s end in 2012. i’m ready!!!

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Ali

Posted at 4:04 PM on November 22, 2010  

Started reading your article, but didn’t get past the first paragraph – didn’t want to waste my time on yet another malicious attack on this family. The picture is nice though…

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Meah

Posted at 5:08 AM on December 6, 2010  

I couldn’t agree more! So tired of everyone attacking conservatives our way of living. Where are the articles of the commander in chiefs lavish expensive vacas and private jet rides to places? Also what about Michelke bitching about how she hates being the first lady? Get over it people! She’s a wonderful woman with great values!

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Liz

Posted at 10:53 AM on November 20, 2010  

One of the ladies from The View pegged it; Alaska is absolutely, amazingly beautiful but the family is a little bit boring.

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Chris

Posted at 12:17 AM on November 20, 2010  

Fake, propaganda to conform the public in prep for her run in the future.Phony but the ‘sheep’ will buy into it…

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apple

Posted at 1:36 PM on November 19, 2010  

Palin’s show is like a trainwreck. You really don’t want to watch, but curiousity gets the better of you. Hopefully she can use her profits from the show to hire a tutor for herself so she can learn the Bill of Rights, the Amendments to the Constitution, etc…Personally, I think it is important for someone who wants to be President, to know these things. Silly me. It’s politicians like Palin that put this country in economic disaster in the Bush Jr. era. I for one am realistic and don’t expect problems that took eight years to build can be cured overnight. I HOPE Palin does run for office. There haven’t been any good SNL skits since the last time she “graced” us with a political race.

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mindy

Posted at 11:00 AM on November 19, 2010  

People in Alaska really do use planes to go from one place or another.I have family that live in Alaska and because of the small island they live on that is the only wy to get off.They also fish for salmon and run have run ins with the bear over the fish.Go to Alaska check out the maps and look at what there is to do there…her show looks like reality to me.

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Solay

Posted at 10:57 AM on November 18, 2010  

I was born and raised in Alaska. People really do go around in small planes. That is the only way to get around if you are in South East Alaska, well besides by boat as S.E. Alaska is made up of a bunch of islands. The inland, which is where Sarah lives, requires the use of small planes because of the remotness of Alaska. I was flying planes by the time I was 8 or 9 years old because we flew so much. Sooooo the show speakes the truth, Alaskans really do fly in small air craft to get from point A to point B and back again on a regular basis…

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Courtnye

Posted at 11:44 PM on November 17, 2010  

If you really did watch the show, then you know that the fishing trip was a first for the girls and the mountain climb was a first as well. She did not say these are things we do everyday, she is just showing you Alaska. The part about the planes is correct though, when we go to Alaska it is usually how we get around. Everyone we know up there has a pilots license and can fly wherever they need to go. Maybe you should look at a road map of Alaska and you will realize why they fly. I think it is pretty cool to have a normal person or persons doing these expeditions, it shows that you don’t have to be survival expert or some crazy person to go to Alaska and enjoy all it has to offer.

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Harper

Posted at 9:56 PM on November 17, 2010  

Good, the more money she and the show can pump into the Alaskan economy, the better. Plus, she might even prompt a boost in the tourist industry.

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John

Posted at 3:59 PM on November 17, 2010  

Bailey, you’re smoking the same crack Bonnie is on. Stop drinking the coolaid and start looking at some facts for a change.

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Bob

Posted at 3:05 PM on November 17, 2010  

Come on, you’re not serious are you? It’s a TV show production costs money, things costs money. They had to take craw and staff and everything.

Why does everything about Palin have to turn in to a fact check. Can’t people just watch a show, take it for what it is and enjoy it? Does everything have to turn political.

You don’t have to agree with her politically but come on, she’s having fun with her kids, give the women a break!

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granbabe

Posted at 11:04 AM on November 18, 2010  

laudy,laudy,laudy ,mzclaudy,when is yu gwen’ to lern to spel and write like us norml peple do in the lower 49?
I am coming to Alaska in May’11 and hope that the Holland America line gives us as much of a good time as the house lady has had.I esp. want to meet and greet the REAL ALASKANS THAT CAME ACROSS THE BEREING STRAIT NEAR SIZ SARAH’S HOUSE. Did she have her hunting,climbing and lying(oops) license for 2010.WHAT I REALLY HOPE FOR, WHEN SHE BEATS MY PRESIDENT,(her words),she will do the “right thing”,and thinK before she speaks.
NO INFLUENCE SO QUICKLY CONVERTS A RADICAL INTO A REACTIONARY AS DOES HIS ELECTION TO POWER.____Elisabeth Marbury

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Guesty

Posted at 12:21 AM on November 17, 2010  

Bonnie, I think you are the one who is misunderstanding things. The price you were quoted for the fishing trip included lodging and meals along with the fishing and plane. The Palin’s took a day trip not a family vacation, the cost was much less than $1,000 per person. The Palin’s already owned the RV (not unualual in size even here in So. California) so that leaves $150 in fuel. And the price you were quoted for a “guided climb up Mt. MCKinley” was for a summit climb that takes up 14 days as you remember Sarah and her Dad discussing. Sarah mentioned a number of times that they were only climbing a very small portion of the mountain. You need to pro-rate all of your quotes. Pay closer attention and you may not be so mislead next time.

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LakerLynne

Posted at 12:19 AM on November 17, 2010  

Bonnie, I think you are the one who is misunderstanding things. The price you were quoted for the fishing trip included lodging and meals along with the fishing and plane. The Palin’s took a day trip not a family vacation, the cost was much less than $1,000 per person. The Palin’s already owned the RV (not unualual in size even here in So. California) so that leaves $150 in fuel. And the price you were quoted for a “guided climb up Mt. MCKinley” was for a summit climb that takes up 14 days as you remember Sarah and her Dad discussing. Sarah mentioned a number of times that they were only climbing a very small portion of the mountain. You need to pro-rate all of your quotes. Pay closer attention and you may not be so mislead next time.

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Bailey

Posted at 11:09 PM on November 16, 2010  

BTW..Great Article there Bonnie..Don’t listen to what her twit followers have to say..the dope didn’t get elected into office so they are still a little hostile..broke and hostile..

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granbabe

Posted at 11:12 AM on November 18, 2010  

AMERICA IS AN ENORMOUS FROSTED CUPCAKE IN THE MIDDLE OF MILLIONS OF STARVING PEOPLE____Gloria Steinem.

How much of those costs could have fed some of the “REAL ALASKANS”.? AND who’s coming to her house for dinner? CAN’T WE ALL JUST GET ALONG?

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