I took the 1:25 AM flight from Fairbanks to Seattle this past Friday and I experienced a rather unique concept that only happens in the middle of summer.
There is an interesting phenomena that occurs every summer. If you fly from Fairbanks south to Seattle at this time of the year, you do not get any darkness on the flight. You sort of follow the light as you make the trip.
The stewardesses had everyone keep the window shades drawn, so the cabin would be dark enough for people to sleep. Totally unique trip.
While on the subject of long days. It is the solstice and the time for the yearly midnight baseball game. Yes you read that correctly.
It is the time of the year again, when the Alaska Goldpanners in Fairbanks, Alaska play a late night game using only natural light. No artificial lights at all. Its called the Midnight Sun Game because they are the farthest north baseball team in the United States.
Imagine, arriving at the field around 10 PM, park your car, pay your admission and get settled down in your seat to watch the night time game in full light till 1 or 2 in the morning. Yeah, it is kind of hard to imagine isn't it.
Apparently, this midnight game started back in 1906 due to a bet between two bars and continues to this day. More on solstice celebrations later.