One Man’s Alaska – Wasilla

In tooling around looking for items about the town of Wasilla, I discovered a marvelous blog.  Here’s a look at an entry on the town of Wasilla:

Notes on Wasilla, Alaska

Thursday, September 18th, 2008

With Alaskan Governor Sarah Palin now being Vice President Candidate Palin — and also being the Mayor of Wasilla just two years ago — I thought it might be a good time to share my thoughts on Wasilla. I think I have a relatively unique perspective of having lived 44 years in The Lower 48, and five months in Alaska last summer.

The things that stand out about Wasilla are:

  • As far as I can remember the town has about five traffic signals, maybe 10, tops.
  • Wasilla largely consists of stores and fast-food restaurants along the Highway 3 corridor.
  • The town roughly marks the half-way point between Anchorage and Talkeetna, about one hour’s drive in either direction.
  • Wasilla has a “normal” Lower-48 grocery store (a Fred Meyer, where a 12-pack of Coke cost over $7), and a Wal-Mart.
  • As a tourist, you either close your eyes for a few minutes when you pass through Wasilla and think “Oh yuk, here’s a town”, or you stop at the Tesoro gas station, the grocery store, Wal-Mart, or a fast-food chain.(As a tourist Wasilla is not a town you want to spend any quality time in.)
  • When I was looking for a place to live last summer, some crazy old guy in Wasilla wanted to rent a metal shed to me for $700/month, with the added benefit being that his daughter would live in the metal shed next to me.
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