The land of the midnight sun

Here in Alaska we are blessed, or cursed, depending on the way you look at it. I am usually a half-full guy but when it comes to the midnight sun I can definitely say it is a curse. No, I am not a vampire but it sure does feel like it during this time of year when we have over 22 hours and 55 minutes of visible light.

Today is the summer solstice. It is the longest day in the northern hemisphere and even longer in Alaska. Our sun does not set until 11:51 PM and will rise again to all its glory about 3:30 AM tomorrow.

Alaskan’s by in large, love this day. It means midnight golf, baseball games hours after a normal person’s bedtime, yard work after the late local news, and fishing all night long and you can still see your buddies without the use of a flashlight.

In Alaska, we work hard AND play hard. You would be hard-pressed to find any other place in the country where you can work a full day at your  9 to 5 job and then play for another 8 or 10 hours before heading off to bed. It’s why many of us tolerate winter.

Winter! Did someone say snow???

I can’t wait until the winter solstice sometime in December. Then we will only have a couple of hours of daylight. That means more time in the dark and plenty of time to run my sled dogs.

Oh yeah!

What did you do to celebrate the solstice