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Monday, December 06, 2010

An Alaska Girl We Can All Be Proud Of

She's from Wasilla. Her husband works on the North Slope. She has a national television show.
She say's she is a follower, but she is no quitter.
She rides a horse.
She drives truck.

Lisa Kelly proved that Alaska Girls Kick Ass on History Channel's IRT Deadliest Roads last night as she stepped up and singlehandedly delivered a load of jet fuel to a helo base midway up the Himalayas when her two fellow drivers decided they didn't have the time.
A couple of things were evident about driving conditions in Northern India. First, they suck. Second, the distances aren't exactly astronomical. The best way to look at it is the Taylor Highway washed out all the time without guardrails. It takes a lot - like 2 feet of snow, or a rockslide  -  to close those Himalaya highways. The distances - straight line - weren't that great. It's the hillclimb that counts!
I found the show pretty interesting, a lot more interesting, quite frankly, that the original IRT seasons. Except the Canadian shows do tell an important lesson - if anyone finds a Kimberlite Pipe in Alaska, KEEP YOUR DAMN MOUTH SHUT. We certainly don't want to become the new Republic of DeBeers.
Lisa showed the stuff we know Alasakn women are made of and we couldn't be prouder of her.