Did you know…
that in Barrow, Alaska (the northern most city in the U.S.) the sun never dips below the horizon on Summer Solstice, the longest day of the year. That day was Friday, June 20 this year. One third of our state's land mass is above the Arctic Circle which means more daylight in the summer months, but longer nights during the winter.
We have a number of ways to celebrate the longest day of the year. Fairbanks is home to one of Alaska's favorite traditions -- Midnight Sun baseball! Yes, we do play baseball in Alaska even though season is so short. The game begins at 10:30 pm and requires no artificial lights of any kind. The Fairbanks Goldpanners draw their largest crowd of the season and keep them at the game into the wee hours of the morning. It is a tradition that dates back to the gold rush era (about 93 years).
The Anchorage Glacier Pilots play evening baseball at Mulcahy Stadium in Anchorage.
Late Night Activities
Last week Mr. Lebowski (shown enjoying himself above) and I took a late night stroll at Conner's Bog, one of Anchorage's off-leash dog parks. It was after 10pm and our shadows were long but the sun still had plenty of hang time in the sky. While at the park, we like to climb a hill overlooking the East-West runway at the airport (below).
One evening after work last summer, a group of us rode bikes from Bird Point to Bird Creek on the Seward Highway about 25 miles south of Anchorage.
We stopped on a rock jutting into Turnagain Arm for a picnic.
On the way back, we saw a train heading up the tracks to Anchorage.
I love being able to do things in the evenings without having to worry about it getting dark. We can leave late Friday night for camping because even if you don't arrive until 1 or 2 am, there's plenty of light to set up camp. -- Carmen
Daylight 19 hrs 13 mins
Life in Alaska