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Posted: Sunday, March 6, 2011 5:52 pm | Updated: 11:36 pm, Sun Mar 6, 2011.

The governor of the 48th state was in the 49th state Sunday.

Jan Brewer, back in Phoenix just several days after her trip to Washington, took off Friday for an unannounced trip to watch the Iditarod races and fly around Mt. McKinley. Press aide Matthew Benson said she's due back Monday night.

The whirlwind trip is not all sightseeing. Benson said Brewer is "spending a little time'' with Todd and Sarah Palin, as well as with Sean Parnell, the current Alaska governor.

None of this was made public ahead of time. In fact, the only reason her travels became public on Sunday is that Brewer decided to share a few photos with her friends on Facebook.

Benson said the trip is not being made with public dollars. And there are no state staffers along for the ride, though Brewer, like all Arizona governors, gets security from the state Department of Public Safety.

"In Alaska for a few days for my first vacation in over two years as governor,'' Brewer tweeted on Twitter once she hit the ground. "Heading out to dinner tonight with my husband.''

Benson said son, Michael, who has become a regular on her out-of-town trips, also went along.

Brewer also kept her friends up to date with some photos with the owners of Pizza Olympia in Anchorage as well as a few she took from what she called a "flightseeing'' tour. And Sunday she tweeted she was preparing to go out on some snow machines near Denali National Park.

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