As we progressed north, the sky began lightening until it was day time. The only reason, I knew the time? A flight attendant announced the time so everyone could turn their watches one hour earlier.
Fairbanks is far enough north that even with the sun setting, it does not get particularly dark because the sun does not get far enough below the horizon. The sun sets around 1 a.m. and rises by 3:30 on the longest "day" of the year! which is not enough time for darkness to happen. It is easy to start doing something outside at 7 p.m. and in no time, its 2 a.m! I loose track of the passage of time most nights during summer. I've even gotten calls from friends at 2 a.m. to meet at an all night diner for a quick snack.
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Honestly, most nights, I sleep a few hours but I usually end up taking a nap in the middle of the day so I get enough sleep. It funny but even with the blackout curtains, my body knows its light outside. It knows!
In a few days, the most famous event of summer happens. Every year, the local minor league team "The Gold Panners" will have a game that starts around 10:30 or 11:00 and ends past midnight. The field will not be artificially lit because its so light at that time of the night.
Alaskans both enjoy and appreciate the long days of summer. It is fun to be out doing something in the middle of the night that is so light its as if its the middle of the day.