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Oh, wow…Sarah goes camping with Kate Goslin

By FRAZIER MOORE
December 6, 2010

Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, left, shakes hands with Gosselin twins, Cara, right, and Mady, as their mother Kate Gosselin looks on as the Palins and the Gosselins go on a camping trip in Coffee Creek, Alaska, during a taping of "Sarah Palin's Alaska." The Gosselin-Palin camping trip episode will air on Sunday, Dec. 12, at 9 p.m. EST on TLC. (AP Photo/TLC, Gilles Mingasson)

Kate Gosselin is not a happy camper.

On this week’s edition of “Sarah Palin‘s Alaska,” she and her brood make a much-anticipated guest appearance. But don’t expect it to reveal her inner Daniel Boone.

“How would you like to go camping with Kate and her eight kids — that TV show you watch?” Sarah Palin asks her daughter, Piper, at the start of the episode.

Piper squeals with delight at the idea of hanging with these stars of another TLC series.

As things develop, the camping trip in the Alaskan wilds will be no day at the beach for Kate. But it makes for a hilarious hour of Palin’s show, which airs on TLC Sunday at 9 p.m. EST.

Read no further if you don’t want spoiler details of Kate’s stab at roughing it.

For a few fleeting moments, it seems she will savor her visit with the Palin family. She instantly bonds with Sarah, as they compare notes on the predatory nature of the media.

“There’s not a whole lot of people that I run into that can understand the scrutiny (by) the media and beyond,” says Kate, whose crumbling marriage to Jon was documented on “Jon & Kate Plus 8” while it spurred a feeding frenzy from the tabloid press.

Now, single mom Kate and her kids just happened to be in Alaska taping one of her “Kate Plus 8″ specials, which occasioned their guest spot with the Palins.

The first stop: Sarah takes Kate to a bear safety class to prepare her for their camping expedition.

On the road from Wasilla to the class in Anchorage, Sarah sort-of jokes that, in case of a bear attack, “You need a partner with you who’s slower than you.”

“Oh, my gosh!” replies Kate, who already was spooked by the bear rug in the Palins’ home. “Sacrifice your friends?”

At the rifle range, she looks more miserable than she used to look with Jon.

And that’s only the beginning.

The day of the camping trip, it’s — wouldn’t you know? — pouring rain.

Out in the middle of nowhere by a stream and surrounded by mountains, Sarah is smiling, chipper and (literally) loaded for bear.

“Rain or shine, Alaskans still camp. We still find a way to have fun,” she chirps.

Then Kate and her kids land at the campsite. Quickly, Kate proves to be a bigger pill than a horse tranquilizer.

“I’m not worrying about bears right now,” she is soon grousing. “I’m just worried about keeping my toes wiggling ’cause they’re freezing.”

Sarah, daughters Piper and Willow, husband Todd and other family members seem to be having a blast. So, for that matter, are Kate’s youngsters.

“The kids are having fun, so I’m tolerating it, but this is my new home,” grumbles Kate, having sullenly planted herself, apart from the rest, beneath a tarp. “I am miserable, but, I mean, somebody’s got to be.”

Sarah, ever gung-ho, announces to the group, “This is the most luxurious camping spot I’ve ever seen!”

Cut to Kate, who tells the camera, “It just kills me that people, like, willingly do this.”

Soon everybody else is enjoying hamburgers, hot-dogs and s’mores from the camp fire.

Maybe it was finding out the hot-dogs are moose. About that time, Kate loses it.

“I don’t see a table, I don’t see utensils, I don’t see hand-cleansing materials,” she whimpers. “This is not ideal conditions. I am freezing to the bone, I have 19 layers on, my hands are frigid. I held it together as long as I could and I’m done now!”

She gathers up her children and, mere hours after their arrival, they have eaten and run.

Fortunately, Sarah knows the show must go on. Minus the Gosselins, she settles the crowd down for the night.

“Well, I thought we were gonna go camping with the Gosselins,” she says when it’s all over, full of glossy good cheer. “Turned out, we didn’t. We had lunch with them on a sand bar.”

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Frazier Moore is a national television columnist for The Associated Press. He can be reached at fmoore(at)ap.org

Copyright © 2010 The Associated Press

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7 Responses to Oh, wow…Sarah goes camping with Kate Goslin

  1. Sandune

    December 6, 2010 at 1:46 pm

    I probably will never watch Governor Palin’s show as I find her very annoying. I was shocked at watching a couple of scenes on Morning Joe when her daughter Bristol was extremely rude to her mother. Bristol insulted her mother’s hair on camera in a way that was showing her annoyance with her own mother. It is very difficult to control teenage girls at that age but I was shocked that Sarah Palin did not react. Raising teenage girls is bad enough without having national television coverage searching for trouble. Everyone seems so phoney…..

  2. logtroll

    December 6, 2010 at 8:49 pm

    They don’t just SEEM phoney…

    It’s enough to make you want American exceptionalism.

  3. Doc_Holiday

    December 6, 2010 at 8:53 pm

    Poor “plus 8″ kids having been shuttled up their for mommies next 15 minutes of fleeting fame.

    • Doc_Holiday

      December 6, 2010 at 8:54 pm

      *there

  4. katie

    December 13, 2010 at 12:28 am

    Kate Gosselin needs a course in edicate. She is a ” mean hateful very immature” female. The Palin family was very hospitable towards her and she showed absolutely no respect.

  5. Monica

    December 13, 2010 at 4:04 pm

    Seriously……camping in cold rain, in the middle of a bear country. Why would you subject your childrens to this type of situation and danger especially where guns are involved. She was forced to do it.

  6. Paula

    December 14, 2010 at 1:00 pm

    I think Kate is very self centered and rude. I think Sara Palins family is awesome. I wouldn’t walk across the street to help Kate if I was the only one who could. What a whiney crybaby. Also, did any of you see her interact with anyone including her kids on the Alaska trip? I’d pay to go camping with Sara’s family, they are wonderful people. Kate can stay where-ever it is she stays. I didn’t watch her show for this very reason. The next person who says POOR KATE will make me sick.