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Sarah Palin's Alaska: Outdoors well done

Sarah Palin's Alaska: Outdoors well done

The best line in Sarah Palin's new TV show on TLC comes near the end, when the guide on her rock-climbing adventure shouts words of advice from above.

"Don't be afraid to go way to your left," he tells the former Alaska governor and Republican vice presidential candidate.

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Before you can imagine her response ("I don't pal around with the left.") Palin startles us with an admission: "I don't know if I can do this."

Wow. Weakness in Mama Grizzly.But except for the rock-climbing adventure and Palin's show of human frailty, the rest of the hour is just a nice travelog with lots of pretty shots of Alaska wilderness and a glimpse of all the expensive outdoors toys at her disposal.

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Float plane, bush plane on skis, guides, mondo plush RV -- must be nice.

There's the occasional slap at Joe McGinniss, the creepy journalist living next door who's working on a Palin book, and a look at her life as a Fox News commentator. But other than that, she sticks mostly with the pursuit of outdoors activities.

The show opens with a salmon fishing trip to Big River Lake that is interrupted when a real mama grizzly and her cubs show up to try their paws at fishing.

The Palin party backs up a bit to watch the bears feed and feud. The big bear runs off another bear that intrudes on her cubs' territory.

"No one is going to mess with the future of the species," says Palin in admiration.

Except for maybe that global warming thing. How's that going for ya?

When Palin's husband, Todd, lands the only salmon, she says, "He's bringing home the bacon. It's as it should be."

Stand down Mama Grizzlies.

The occasional unintended laugh aside, the show's pretty pedestrian and makes you wonder how they're going to fill the seven remaining weeks.

Next Sunday: a trip to Homer.

D'oh!

AP Photo/Discovery Communications, Gilles Mingasson / July 2, 2010

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