I have had a few questions about the daylight up here. So to answer a few questions, I'll try and explain it as best as I can.
Today the sunrise was at 9:51am. At 9:51am here looks like your 6:30am there. The sky is dusk, you need your headlights, you can just see the top of the sun. The sun gets to sleep in up here.
(Got this picture here.)
Tonight the sunset was at 3:48pm. Just about 15 minutes after the kids get out of school.
Got this picture here.
By the way, those pictures aren't of today.
Daylight is not really a big deal if you are a stay at home mom. Actually I tend to sleep later because it's still dark out. But when I worked, it stunk!!!
Think about it. If you go to work at 8am...it's dark. 100% dark, like it's 4am. Say you get off at 4pm....it's dark. Like turn your headlights on, dark. There are three WHOLE months that I didn't see the sun besides on the weekends and out a passing window. It's NO wonder people have depression up here. We need all those yummy vitamins that sun gives us.
We gain about 5 minutes of darkness/daylight a day. So tomorrow we will have 5 min. more of our sunset. The Solaces up here are HUGE!! In fact, we celebrate Christmas and winter solaces together! It's so big. The winter solaces means we start GAINING 5 minutes of daylight a day. It's the turning point for the sun to come back our way.
(Now do you see why I wanted to go to Florida or New Mexico? I have some sun deprivation going on here!)
Do you now understand why the Alaskan government helps buy plane tickets in February to Hawaii for it's citizens? Do you understand why people take vacations here in January?
It's hard with the daylight/darkness but add the cold, and it is just plain difficult to live up here. Hats off to the people that do it year, after year. I will NOT be one of them.
Some interesting things you probably have not thought about living in the 'lower 48.'
Fourth of July is bright and sunny at midnight. People buy fireworks and save them for New Year's when we can see them.
Camping in the summer, you don't need a flashlight to go potty. (It's light enough, even when the sun is down, to find your way.)
I have two sensitive sleepers in my house and have to put foil on the windows to keep the light out at 3am.
Our electric bills in the summer are less than 20 bucks. In the winter, they are in the three digits.
People can plug their cars in to stay warm, while they grocery shop.
You actually like driving on ice because it fills in the pot holes. (With the weather changing so much everyday, the concrete has a hard time keeping up with a 60 degree change, so it just cracks. Leaving huge holes.)
And of course, you have to check the street corners for crossing moose.
What's an Alaskan post without a moose picture. Here ya go.
Here's one more for the road. They actually printed this one in the newspaper.