welcoming summer in fairbanks

welcoming summer in fairbanks

Summer is in full swing now here in Fairbanks, Alaska. The sun is shining – most days, of course – the weather is warm, and the days are so beautifully long. It’s almost enough to make you forget that winter in interior Alaska is nearly eight months long. Almost, but not quite. For those of you who’ve followed my blog for some time, you know that I’m a planner, and I try my best to have a full calendar of adventures planned. This year though? I’m going about it a little differently. Things are slower and sweeter, and we’re welcoming summer in Fairbanks with few plans and a lot of spontaneity.

Welcoming Summer in Fairbanks, Alaska

If we’re being entirely honest here, there are a few other reasons we haven’t made a ton of plans for the summer. The first is that I’ve been looking for a part-time job, and that’s been somewhat time consuming. The second is that Alaska is expensive. If you’ve been here, you know. Doing things out here isn’t cheap. And third, Ryan’s been gone a lot. In fact, he leaves for another TDY this week, making it the fourth time thus far in 2024.

So, we pivoted and decided we’d be welcoming summer in Fairbanks with a calmer, quieter approach. Summer in Alaska is short. We arrived in Alaska in July 2023 to blazing sun, and by the first week of October, it was snowing. We want to travel and explore, but we also want to spend our days outside – not just in the car traveling. So, we’re soaking up these long days in style by playing outside, enjoying ice cream parties, and going to bed far later than we should.

welcoming summer in fairbanks

welcoming summer in fairbanks

welcoming summer in fairbanks

Living in the Land of the Midnight Sun

A couple weeks ago, we entered Fairbanks’ 70 straight days of civil twilight. That means that during those 70 days, it will never be fully dark. Sure, the sun sets at 12:16 AM today, but it’ll rise again at 03:12 AM, and it will never be fully dark – basically the opposite of winter here. So, while it’s sunny, we play!

It’s also really easy to forget what time it is. Yes, it messes with your circadian rhythm. Yes, there have been several nights when I thought it was about 7 PM, and it was actually 10:30 PM. And yes, we’re still out there playing and soaking it all up. It’s been such a relief after a long, cold winter, and the kids have really loved the freedom that we have here in Fairbanks, Alaska.

welcoming summer in fairbanks

welcoming summer in fairbanks

welcoming summer in fairbanks

What’s on the List for this Summer

Like I said, we’re sort of playing things by ear over here. We’re planning to travel to Washington State in early August for another jiujitsu competition for the boys. We’ve also planned a few camping weekends out here, a night at the Midnight Sun baseball game, trips to the fair, and more. Other than that though, we’re really playing it by ear.

Life for us lately has been so transitional. Things have felt really heavy and tough this past winter, so we’re honestly just relishing a little bit of calm before the next proverbial storm that the Army throws our way. We’ve also been blessed with an incredible community of neighbors that make life here better, so that’s been really nice to just soak up and enjoy. So, as we continue to welcome summer, we’re enjoying it day-by-day, which I’m officially convinced is the best way to be!

Tell me – how’s summer treating you?

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