With each passing day, we are gaining over 5 minutes of light. Right now we’re at around 15 hours of daylight and the snow is almost gone. Everything is really muddy and wet. One of my favorite things about this time of year is that I don’t have to carry anymore buckets of water. We just hook up hoses which makes watering the animals so much more easier.
In Alaska, we call this time “break up” because the darkness, snow and cold are finally making way for summertime. Even though the ground is muddy, it makes me so happy because I know that in it’s place the grass will soon grow.
The trees will bloom and I will hear my favorite summer sound of leaves blowing in the breeze. Soon the mosquitos will be trying to eat me alive. I promise those mosquitos see this skin and instinctively know that old adage, “the darker the berry, the sweeter the juice”. I image them seeing me and yelling in unison “geeettttt heerrrrrrr!!!!!” and I’m not cool with that.
By the end of June, we’ll be at 24 hours of light. What that means for south-central Alaska is that the sun sets around midnight and it’s stays light outside until the sun starts coming up again around 2-3am. Up in the northern areas of Alaska, the sun is always up in the sky! We often stay up way too late. The children have blinds on their windows so it helps to shield the sun and get them to sleep. We’re often sleep deprived because the sun wake us up earlier than usual and I’m cool with that. We get lots of work and fun in during these months. Taking care of baby animals, tending to our gardens, camping and 4-wheeling. We play hard because we know that time is of the essence. Soon summer will turn into the rainy season, and the rainy season will turn into winter. But for now, I’m happy with the longer days and the promise of summertime.