Wednesday, July 22, 2009
In a few hours, at 8:15 a.m., I will be on a train headed back to Wasilla, Alaska. Can't get enough of it, I guess. I had previously stated that after leaving and returning to Wasilla while traveling to different parts of the state, I was leaving Sarah's Palin's hometown for good for this particular trip to Alaska. Well, I was wrong. And I'm glad I was wrong. (Now, there's a statement you don't hear often!) I am so looking forward to going home. And I don't mean New York, where I'll be returning next week. Actually, I'm sad about going back to New York.
What I mean by home is Wasilla. It just feels right. And I don't have to be doing anything special either. I don't need to be entertained. I could take my laptop and go sit in Kaladi Brothers Coffee shop for a couple hours, which I did a lot, and be content--and I don't even drink coffee! Tracey and I could be sitting in Pandemonium having a hot chocolate with a marshmallow until 10 O'clock at night, and that would be wonderful fellowship. I could be walking up or down Crusey Street tweeting or texting from my cell phone, which I did religiously, and simply enjoy the walk. I could be walking on Bogard Road near Wasilla High School during my prayer walks each morning, and just be lost in the presence of God. See, it just didn't matter what I was doing. The point was I was there, and it just felt right in Wasilla--felt like home. And I'm so glad I get to go back for a few days.
I came back to Fairbanks after two plus weeks of being to so many wonderful places in Alaska, and I have been there only a couple days--since the McCarthy trip ended on Saturday. I am spending tonight--although it's after 2:00 a.m. already--in North Pole with Lynette and her husband Tom. We were on the KJNP television show tonight discussing the 2012 Draft Sarah Committee. They will take me to the station early for my scenic ride down to Wasilla. Now, by car the drive is about five hours, but the train takes ten hours! Oh my goodness! But I'm going to do it because it'll be worth it--with beautiful scenery all around me. It almost doesn't make sense to say that because all of Alaska seems so beautiful. Well, actually, Fairbanks is my least favorite place. I just don't like the feel of it.
I am looking forward to an opportunity to talk to Sarah. My plan is to stay with some friends in Wasilla, attend the Governor's Picnic on Friday there, attend the Governor's Picnic on Saturday in Anchorage, and attend the Governor's Picnic in Fairbanks on Sunday--her final one, where she'll give her last speech as Governor Palin. At the conclusion of the picnic, current Lieutenant Governor Sean Parnell will be inaugurated as the new governor of Alaska.
This is what Sarah tweeted earlier about the occasion:
Riding 2 Kenai;writing last Govs speech on way;country music streaming & countryside screaming inspiration 4 pro-developmnt + pro-enviro msg
In that speech I'll share gratefulness for honor of serving& speak to AKs destiny that incl contribution of energy/innovation/security to US
I responded to the governor's tweet with this tweet of my own:
@AKGovSarahPalin Lst Gov's spch, but beginning of SO many more spchs--unhindered,untethered. Use that anointing--"4 such a time as this!"
That's what I feel in my heart. Yes, there is a certain sadness I feel when I think of Sarah no longer being Governor Sarah Palin. At the same time, however, I feel an excitement that I'm sure she also feels. She'll be free now to really serve and make the difference she needs to make, leaving the anklebiters confused about what to do with themselves. Alaska will progress under the leadership of Parnell, and Sarah will be free to be Sarah. Her dad said during the 2008 election campaign, as the McCain camp mishandled her, "Just let Sarah be Sarah." We're going to see more of that now, and it is energizing--and intriguing. Here's part of one of her tweets a few days ago:
Ak WILL progress! + side benefit=10 dys til less politically correct twitters
fly frm my fingertps outside State site
Can't say that doesn't make me wonder. She's pretty upfront now; who knows what we'll hear when she lets those fingers fly unhindered!
Finally, KJNP was quite the interesting experience. Lynette, Jo, and I did our best to do Governor Palin proud, which is our desire. So glad for the experience to share with people what the 2012 Draft Sarah Committee is about, what our vision is, and why we support Sarah.
Well, as it is already almost time to wake up, I should probably go to sleep!
I won't arrive in Wasilla tomorrow until after 6 p.m., and I don't know the wifi situation where I'll be, so if you don't see another blog post tomorrow, you'll know why. But hey, sign up to follow me on Twitter, screen name Adrienne2012, and get updates from me. I tweet from my cell phone because I like being connected. Okay-- I'm also addicted!