We found Sarah Palin’s House…Couldn’t See Russia

On our recent trip to the great state of Alaska, we found ourselves passing through the small town of Wasilla, home to Alaska’s greatest gift to late night television: Sarah Palin.  Palin, a reality television star who played a maverick vice presidential candidate on television back in 2008, has somewhat faded into social and political obscurity recently; however, many of her greatest moments will live in our hearts and minds forever.  Who can forget when she implored us all to “speak American,” or when she stated so eloquently that “polls are for strippers and cross-country skiers.” Perhaps her most memorable quote, “I can see Russia from my house,” was actually uttered by Tina Fey, but since no one can actually tell the two of them apart, there’s no real proof that this wasn’t a direct quote from Palin.

As we drove through the small Alaskan town, we found ourselves growing curious as to the nature of the view from the Palin home. Was there any veracity to this audacious claim by Fey/Palin? Does she live on a mountainside? Could she possibly catch a glimpse across the Bering Strait if she made use of some sort of telescopic device? These were serious questions, and being in Wasilla, the answers would never be more attainable.

sarah palin's house

Finding her address was as easy as Googling “Sarah Palin’s House“, and since Wasilla is a small town, we were only a couple minute drive away. First of all, her home is quite lovely. While we were hoping she would invite us in o engage in what would surely have been highly intellectual political discourse, the gate was closed forcing us to observe the view from about a hundred yards off her property.
sarah palin's house

The view was beautiful, but unquestionably American. Based on our brief observations, it would seem that any possible view of the Russian Federation would be obstructed by the mountains surrounding Lake Lucile (not to mention over 600 miles of land and another 50 miles of ocean). Whether this statement was made by Palin or Fey (we may never know), we can say with 99% certainty that it is false. Someone had to do the research, and we were more than happy to step up to the plate.


  1. Great capture of the lake and the scenes. We went to Anchorage and wanted to go to Denali Park, not knowing that the train stopped because the summer season ended the previous week. People in AK own private jets more than cars, I found out. My daughter and her husband camped and hiked to the top of Mt. Adams, WA! Enjoy your hikes.

  2. Hi Laura and Chris,

    WordPress said you liked some of my posts (on Leaves from an Algarrobo Tree) so I just wanted to repay the compliment.

    I particularly liked this entry — not least for confirming that, unless you are Sarah Palin or Tina Fey, you cannot actually see Russia from the Palin house. I feel somehow reassured knowing that.

    Happy travels,


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