So this is the big weekend: Summer Solstice! A big variety of things to do and see here in the heart of Alaska. Last night, the Goldpanners played with no artificial light. Today, our daylight is just about as long, the sun rising at 2:58 a.m, and setting at 12:47 a.m, a loss of only 31 seconds from our longest day of the year yesterday. Tommorrow night, the Midnight Sun run will draw a few thousand runners and walkers, and costumed teams. starting the 5 k race at 10 p.m.
The long daylight allows us “extra” time to finish up our endless chores of the summer, such as mowing the lawn. Guests frequently comment about seeing kids out on the street, riding their bikes at midnight. Even though I like my sleep, I succumbed to the gorgeous warm extra-long day by planting flowers till 10 p.m.
Another part of what makes Alaska such a unique place to live: the Land of the Midnight Sun.