The light won’t leave me alone

Posted by lwpetersen | May 30, 2012 | Fairbanks

Over the last two weeks spring has come and gone. The mosquitoes are out in full-force, but I don’t think they are as bad as last year. I’d like to say it’s summer, except that it was in the thirties at the house this morning.

Tonight is the first night this year that the Sun sets after midnight (or actually at midnight tonight). We are on the final stretch to the solstice and the change in daylight isn’t as drastic from day to day. In about 21 days the Sun will set at 12:48 am and rise 2 hours and 10 minutes later. I don’t do well this time of year. I stay up way too late for me (after midnight) and then I either crash and sleep until 9 or wake up at 6:30 and feel sleep deprived all day. My body doesn’t know how to adjust to the extended daylight so I think it says ‘to hell with it, I don’t care about time anymore’ around mid-May. I prefer winter when I can easily fall asleep at 9 pm because the Sun has already been down for six hours. I can just curl up on the couch in warm clothes and be happy. That’s dreaming though, for now we just plummet at six and a half extra minutes of Sun per day until we slowly pivot around the solstice and head back into the darkness.

The woods
Wandered around the back yard taking pictures the other night just before midnight. The Sun was just setting.

I’m looking forward to the Midnight Sun Run, a 10k race that starts at 10pm on June 23rd. I’ve been running a lot lately and have even started climbing again. Gym climbing anyway, it’s close. Hopefully it goes well and there are no injuries this time.

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