Family Fun at the Cabin

Family Fun at the Cabin April 20, 2012

One of the joys of living here in Alaska is going to my parents’ cabin in the middle of undeveloped land near a beautiful lake.  In fact, we can only get there by floatplane, snow machine or four-wheeler…  and when we get there, it’s total peace.

Recently, we made the visit I thought I’d give you a little peek.

The first is a photo of Tripp with my dad on the snow machine.  Tripp loves to ride around in the snow, and he’s definitely learning from the best.  (Dad is a four-time champion of the Iron Dog, the world’s longest snow machine race!)









The second is from the same scene, but you can see yours truly in the background.  Also, see those mountains?  That’s Mount McKinley, North America’s highest peak with a height of 20,320 feet.  I live in the most beautiful state in America!










And the last photo is pretty self-explanatory. After a long day in the snow, there’s nothing I love more than cuddling with Tripp!










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  • Ahh! That looks amazing! It would be so much fun to live there!

  • Michele

    You do indeed live in the most beautiful state. It’s my life long dream to be able to move to Alaska. And one of these days, I WILL!!! Only problem is I don’t think I could be away from my kids and grandson…and I definitely know they don’t want to live where it’s cold!!! Wonderful family Bristol!

  • Virginia Revord

    what a beautiful state,I hope one day I will get to visit Alaska.

  • Karen Thom

    Have been to Alaska several times. Just LOVE IT! So peaceful and gorgeous.
    Love your family pics, especially you and Tripp cuddling. So cute.

  • Jan Page

    Just beautiful! I love it when you post pictures. Please keep them coming.

  • Patsy Carlisle

    You do live in a beautiful state. I visited there for 2 mos. and would love to go back. It is so large and diversified and really beautiful. I agree wit Jan….love the pictures.

  • One day I plan on making it up there. 🙂

  • Vicki

    Bristol, thanks for sharing. I know you must be such a blessing to your mother. You do live in a beautiful area of the world; one that I hope to visit one day. We live in Wyoming, very near Yellowstone Nat’l Park, so I guess until I actually see AL myself, I will have to beg to differ just a bit. I ran for Park County Commissioner two years ago and when I was doing my public forums, people told me that I reminded them of your mother…I take that as a compliment.

  • bellagrazi

    Alaska is God’s country. Breathtakingly beautiful, Bristol. Your dad is the perfect person to teach Tripp how to ride a snow machine. Maybe one day Tripp will compete in the Iron Dog. The shot of you cuddling with Tripp is possibly the most beautiful I’ve ever seen of the two of you. The love you have for your son is so palpable, Bristol. This photo melts my heart.

  • Kim

    What a sweet and precious picture of you and Tripp on the couch.

  • JB Webster

    I agree with the others You are a lucky girl with the most beautiful state in America to call home. Never stayed in Wasilla but spent quite a bit of time at Coopers Landing on the Russian. Love the pics of you and your sweet boy, God Bless

  • The pictures are great, thanks for posting them. The best vacation I ever had in my life was an Alaskan cruise(inner passage). It is a beautiful state. Back in 1965, I was in Potsdam ,NY and it was 50 BELOW for one week. I had to walk to work as the car wouldn’t start and in those days, women wore dresses or skirts to work. By the time I got there, I didn’t dare sit down as I thought my knees would break from the extreme cold. I just can’t imagine living like that most of the year and in darkness too. Alaskans are not only tough but special people( I am not so sure about the Democrats there!!).

  • David Dempsey

    Bristol, you and your Family are so lucky to live in Alaska! Love the photos. Please post more Photos and tell us more about your life in Alaska.

  • speppers69

    Bristol…for those that have never been to Alaska…you should let them know that pictures just never do Alaska justice. The depth of the landscape is always missing. EVERYONE should go visit Alaska for themselves. It is unlike any other place on Earth. Alaska was on my daddy’s bucket list and we took him a few years before he died. Even stayed one night in Wasilla. Wasilla is a great stopping point on the way to Denali. What an incredible place you live in.

  • Erika Lindeman

    OMG Tripp is so adorable 🙂

  • Sue Lynn

    Wonderful…thanks for sharing….

  • I actually do more travelling on snowshoes and cross country ski’s than I do when there is no snow… LOL

  • Chris in Ottumwa

    I have wanted to visit Alaska for a long time. These pictures only make that wanting even strongers…thanks for giving us all a peek into life in Alaska with a family many of us have come to consider an extension of our own family!

  • Clint Heuett

    Great pictures! Only thing is those Arctic Cats should be Polaris Pro Rmk’s! 😉

  • Allison

    I read about this cabin in Huffington Post in April 2010. Beautiful place, and the property tax office knew nothing about it. ZERO value for property improvements and structures. CONGRATS to Huff Po on their Pulitzer Prize this week! We need investigative journalism. We don’t need more lying politicians.

    • pol

      Agreed, Allison! Quite the “cabin” isn’t it?

    • James

      Huff Post isn’t news, its left wing trash. Instead of harassing a private citizen, you should be more concerned about your President who is spending us into financial insolvency. $5 trillion he has added to the debt, yet you are more concerned about some child’s family claiming a remote cabin in the woods as property. The Palins aren’t even running for any political office. Why don’t you leave them alone and quit harassing them. Or go see a psychiatrist to treat your PDS (Palin Derangement Syndrome)

      • bellagrazi

        Amen, James! I don’t know if you guys realize this, but the anti-Palin blogs send people over here to create trouble. They are the worst of the worst. Serious PDS. So, of course, they take an innocent story about visiting the Palin cabin and try and turn it into a scandal. Sarah Palin has been proven to be an ethical person over and over again. And yet these people continue to try and find something on her. It’s absolutely pathetic. Get a life, haters! Because the Palin’s are living their lives to the fullest. And, as we all know, living well is the best revenge.

    • otlset

      You can take the following article from 2010 that sheds a more complete light on the situation than the propaganda outlet “Huffington Post” does back to your masters at thepalinplace.blogspot and ask why they misled you, and why you should continue to do their dishonest and harmful bidding. You are a tool, a “useful idiot” for the left.

      by Rachel D’Oro / The Associated Press Associated Press Mar 23, 2010 | 2177 views | 22 | 4 | | Updated 3:52 p.m. 3/23/10

      ANCHORAGE, Alaska – Two cabins on backcountry land partially owned by former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin have been appraised for property tax purposes for the first time since their construction began several years ago.

      No taxes have been paid on the structures because local officials only learned about them last month.

      Officials with the Matanuska-Susitna Borough in February conducted an aerial survey of properties in the remote area nearly 100 miles north of Anchorage. The area is accessible only by floatplane, snowmobile or four-wheeler.

      The cabins, a garage-workshop and a sauna have increased the assessed value of the 10-acre site to $111,700. The 2009 appraisal was $12,000.

      “I don’t think they’re anything spectacular,” borough assessor Dave Dunivan said of the cabins Tuesday. “They’re just a remote getaway.”

      Last year’s property tax bill for the site totaled $125. The 2010 taxes on borough properties will be billed in July and have not been calculated. Under the 2009 mill rate, the tax for the site would add up to $1,163.

      The property is near Safari Lake, an undeveloped area near Denali State Park, and owned by the 2008 Republican vice presidential candidate, her husband Todd Palin, and a family friend, Scott Richter. The three also own a nearby 15-acre vacant lot valued at $18,000.

      That part of the borough had not been surveyed in five years, before construction started on the cabins. Palin’s attorney, Thomas Van Flein, said work is still being done on the cabins, but both are usable. The borough considers construction complete in its assessment.

      Van Flein has said it is the borough’s responsibility, not a property owner’s, to keep track of such structures.

      According to the borough, property owners are required by state law to report any errors or omissions in their tax assessments, but hardly anyone ever reports an omission. The borough often learns of new structures when neighbors report them.

      The property taxes on the lots have never been delinquent, according to Van Flein. He said he did not know how the upcoming bill would be divided between Richter and the Palins, but it would be honored.

      “They’ll pay whatever the taxes are,” Van Flein said.

      There is no phone listing for Richter in Alaska and he could not be reached Tuesday.

      Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.

      • pol

        “Van Flein has said it is the borough’s responsibility, not a property owner’s, to keep track of such structures.”

        Really? Down here in the lower 48 we have things called “building permits” that one must apply and pay for before any building or renovation can be done on one’s property. These “building permits” ensure safety and quality, as well as making sure you pay property tax (or get an abatement) on the property.

        • otlset

          Can you point to any laws broken tool? Or taxes that were ultimately not paid?

    • Katie

      Alaska is beautiful! Don’t let those who are jealous ruin your innocent fun! We adore you Bristol.

  • otlset

    “The trouble with iron dogs is you can’t eat them if you run out of food on the trail.” — President Downgrade

  • Sandra Gray

    Love the pictures and I think you all are the Best American Family! People don’t value family togetherness anymore but families need to have the bond that you all share! Don’t ever change! God Bless you all!

  • Michele W.

    Sweet. Lots of love to you guys!

  • Brian McAndrew

    I love the photos! Your cabins looks beautiful, I’d love to see more of it!

  • GrammarMatters

    Quick question: Is your family paying taxes on the cabin now? You know, since they blatantly evaded paying any taxes for years and would still be evading if they hadn’t been caught. Just sayin’.

    • otlset

      Another useful idiot for the left armed with incomplete and biased information that tell only part of the story smugly chimes in.

    • bellagrazi

      GrammarMatters, truth matters, also. PDS sufferers always distort the facts. Just sayin’.

  • blackbird



    Have you ever noticed that you do not remember days, you remember moments?

    A strange story about immortalizing moments comes from the book SPIRITUAL LITERACY (Touchstone Books) by authors Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat. It is about a Brooklyn cigar store manager named Oggie Rand. Oggie has an unusual habit — at precisely eight o’clock each morning, he photographs the front of the store. Always at exactly the same time and from exactly the same spot. Every morning. Oggie collects his daily snapshots in photograph albums, each labeled by date. He calls his project his “life’s work.”

    One day Oggie showed his albums to a friend. He had not told his friend about his unusual hobby. Flipping the pages of the albums, the man noticed in amazement that the pictures were all the same.

    Oggie watched him skim through the pictures and finally replied, “You’ll never get it if you don’t slow down, my friend. The pictures are all of the same spot, but each one is different from every other one. The differences are in the detail. In the way people’s clothes change according to season and weather. In the way the light hits the street. Some days the corner is almost empty. Other times it is filled with people, bikes, cars and trucks. It’s just one little part of the world, but things take place there, too, just like everywhere else.”

    This time Oggie’s friend looked more carefully at each picture. No two were alike. Every picture was unique, just as every moment is unique. Through a series of photographs, he became conscious of one of life’s great truths — that each minute that passes is special, even sacred.

    I’m reminded of something writer Henry Miller said, “The moment one gives close attention to anything, even a blade of grass, it becomes a mysterious, awesome, indescribably magnificent world in itself.” And those are the moments we’ll remember; the ones for which we stopped everything else long enough to pay close attention.

    The advice for me is this: to pay as close attention to each moment as I can, as if I were carefully observing a series of snapshots. I would like to take time to study the moments. If I look closely enough, I know I’ll see that each is unique. Each is sacred. And each holds a special place in time.

    I suspect it will be these moments — not whole days, weeks, months or years — that I will finally remember. And much of the happiness and joy I will find in life will be because I took care of the moments.

    By Steve Goodier: lifesupportsystem (dot com)

    • CJ

      Oh, my goodness, Blackbird! This is exquisite!!! Bless you for posting this 🙂

  • Morris Hahn

    Wow, I can’t believe all the snow still there. I know you all had a lot this year but would it still be that much at the cabin in a normal snow year? We had temps in the lower 80’s in late march and early april. Unusual but it is back to normal now. Tons of admiration for you and your family from a dirt farmer in SE MO. Sure wish your mom was president!!!!!!!. Does everyone call those motor sleds snow machines??? We use to call them snow mobiles when we were lucky enough to have enough snow to use them……..

  • AnyOldNameWillDo

    Hi Bristol 🙂
    One day I’m gonna drive up to Alaska.
    I almost did once but was warned not to do it in a sports car.

  • Joseph

    I’m glad you and your family had fun! I really like the 3rd photo of you cuddling with Tripp- So sweet!!!

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  • Rick Patel

    Thanks for the pictures & the post, Bristol.

  • CJ

    Hi Bristol 🙂
    Dr Charles Stanley of “In Touch Ministries” LOVES Alaska! His hobby is photography and he is really wonderful at it. He captures the true essence of the landscape, ocean, wildlife and the sheer wonder and beauty of it. Alaska is magnificent! You and your wonderful family are so blessed to call it HOME 🙂
    PS…….the photo of you and Tripp is positively PRECIOUS! <3

  • Izzy

    Cool Bristol… Very cooooool!!!

  • Maze

    I know you’ve had your trials (I read your book and loved it), but you definitely have a taste of heaven there in Alaska. I’m so jealous — maybe someday I’ll just pick up and move there!

  • Millie

    Beautiful pictures!! Beautiful country!! Loved the picture of you and Tripp taking a nap. So precious.
    Love you family. You are a wonderful mother and Tripp is very fortunate to have you as his mom.
    Keep your blogs and pictures coming. I am really enjoying them.

  • Thanks for sharing your family with us Bristol.

  • Joanne Mayo

    Right on, Bristol!
    The last picture….priceless!!

  • Good wholesome family togetherness and fun!

  • Lynn


  • Kristen

    Aww, that last picture is so cute! Keep the photos coming…

    Even though I don’t agree with your mom’s politics (I am a Democrat) I think she is an admirable woman for fighting for what she believes in. And you have a very special family. I wish you well for the future.



  • bellagrazi

    Bristol, who all else was at the cabin? Do you have any other pictures you’d like to share? : )

  • Debbie

    Thank you for letting us share your life. You are an awesome mom and yes, you do live in one of the most beautiful states. I haven’t been there in over 20 years and I’m sure its changed a little. Best thing is, you guys have such a positive outlook. Best wishes for the future!

  • linda

    that last photo took me back to when i was a young mom. very sweet.

    i’m curious what your take is on the following article:

  • Debra

    Thank you for allowing us to see the pics of your beautiful family and state. You are an awesome mom. Yes Tripp has a wonderful trainer and grandfather. Give all my love to your wonderful Mom.

    Best regards,


  • Mark K

    Bristol, it’s great to see that fame (both good and bad) hasn’t come between you all. And as for Alaska, some day I hope to drive up there instead of fly, and when I do, I’ll drive by and wave. You won’t see me and won’t know me, but it’s my way of giving all you Palin’s some respect. I’ve seen Dillingham and Togiak in July and Barrow in April (came to spend my anniversary with my wife, who is an RN and worked there from time to time as a travel nurse), and my wife worked a whole winter as a nurse in Bethel, and we still loved it. I still want to drive to Deadhorse in the winter, and then again in the summer – just because it’s such a unique experience. If someday, it ever “gets to you” that people hate you all so much – just remember this: We, the people, love you all, because you’re “us”, and “we” are the ones who make the country a success, not the elites, the academics, or the political class in Washington. We’d vote for your mom in heartbeat…and know that if it was the reverse, you all would vote for us, because we’re the same ordinary and fully capable people that built America and are still doing so. Always remember that you plus God is a winning majority, and you without God isn’t.

    • LMA

      “Us,” “we,” “you’re us.” “..not the elites, academics, or political class.” Good grief! Sometimes it feels great to be left off of an ignoramuses “besties” list!

      • Mark K

        America wasn’t built by academics, elites, or the political class. It was built by all the ordinary schmucks who don’t have incomes derived from other people’s hard work. And they’ve been at it so long, they are now deluded to think that they are the reason the country works, and that they’re the ones who matter. They aren’t. They could all be gone tomorrow, and the only thing that would happen, is that we’d prosper far more.

  • Dennis McHale

    Tripp, a future Snowmobile Champion! Teach him well Grandpa!

    Two angels at rest. God Bless!

  • Helen Stosky

    The pic of you and Tripp sleeping is so precious. The time will go fast and he will be grown and you will look back at this with great memories of his youth. God Bless and enjoy life with him.

  • Great pics and really enjoy you sharing! You write so well and your posts are always uplifting 🙂 Thanks, Bristol!

  • Jan

    Adorable mother and son time.
    If you like Lauren Alaina from American Idol, she is up for a CMT country music award. Vote for her at CMT.COM. She is still a teen herself but already a good teen role model.

  • Mary

    looks like you guys had a great time!! The picture of you sleeping is one of the most precious pictures I’ve ever seen!!



  • Charli Chad

    I enjoy your blogs, the beauty of Alaska and your mild drama life. Keep it coming. 🙂

  • Hope

    Is the show really over?! Can we watch the last episodes anywhere else?! Loved this show and would like to at least finish the season. Please reply I would like to know you’re a bug ro-model for me.:) thnx