Did you know my mom’s code name when she was running for Vice President was “Denali?” (They called my dad “Driller.”) She wrote a great piece on The Journal about her take on the President’s recent trip to our home state:
As tourist season winds down in Alaska, so does the sightseeing trip of America’s busiest tourist. The President heads back to the beltway bubble after three days in the wondrous Last Frontier.
While here, he enjoyed spectacular autumn weather which he commemorated with many selfies on a stick. He danced, he held a fish, he hiked a glacier (thankfully not the Mendenhal Glacier, for that chunk of ice is, literally, the size of Rhode Island. Instead, he enjoyed one of the other 100,000 Alaskan glaciers). And, he renamed a mountain…our mountain…the tallest peak on the North America continent.Unlike most tourists, the President heads home now with his enormous fleet of transport vehicles – ironically after plenty of finger pointing on this Global Warming tour. Astoundingly, with just this one trip, a bigger carbon footprint was created than what 33 cars combined would create in an entire year.
From his many entertaining Instagram pictures, it looks like he enjoyed his trip, thankfully! Hard not to in the ever-changing ebb and flow of God’s Northern grandeur that has evolved with natural cyclic phenomenons, like tides rising and falling, glaciers advancing and receding, trees growing and dying in this energy-rich land that’s been reshaping itself since the beginning of time.
Residents here are thankful when far-away decision makers who control the vast majority of Alaska’s land and resources give us the time of day; hopefully his was an impacting trip. Here are a few things he missed, though.
Click here to read the things he missed.