Palin's Right—That Is Russia Over There

Perhaps not from Palin's house, but Alaska does offer viewing spots
By Kate Seamons,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 17, 2008 4:25 PM CDT
Polar bear hides cure on the mountainside of the Eskimo village of Little Diomede, Alaska, with Russia's Big Diomede Island on the horizon in this undated file photo.    (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – If the Republicans lose in November, Sarah Palin may just want to walk on over to Russia to escape the media frenzy. Turns out you can really see America’s "next-door neighbors" from US shores. The Alaskan island Little Diomede and Russia's Big Diomede are a mere 2½ miles apart, explains Nina Shen Rastogi in Slate.

From mid-December through mid-June Alaska's Bering Strait freezes and if you've got the guts—and a parka—you can trek over and visit the future; Big Diomede is over the International Date Line. There are other sites to catch a glimpse of Russia, but even from the best vantage points in Alaska, writes Rastogi, the most you'll see is a weather station.