Hi everyone! Exciting news over here: after a mild and pretty snow-free winter, we are launching right into summer up here in Alaska! Yeah, we’re a bit behind the Lower 48, but that’s fine by me! Some things I noticed on my Monday run:
1. The leaves are blooming! Look at the new green stuff!
2. The inlet and the lagoon are totally melted, and the sound of the waves hitting the shore is so relaxing mid-run!
3. Notice anything about my arms? Yeah, they’re bare! #tanktopweather! (for reference, it was 60 degrees)
I’m the kind of person who hates hot weather, so when I lived in Philly I hated the summer. High temps and humidity? No thanks. Summer is supposed to be about long sunny days and doing fun things with your friends, but I used to spend my summers indoors with my AC wishing it would just be fall already. But not here in Alaska! I really enjoyed my summer in Alaska last year, and I’m looking forward to a repeat this year! Why are Alaskan summers the best?
- No humidity
- Temps rarely go above 80
- We don’t need AC! Yay for low electric bills!
- The midnight sun! On the solstice it gets dusky for a few hours, but overall you can run and hike and do normal outside stuff at midnight (well, not in my neighborhood. But whatever). And that lasts for a few weeks before/after solstice too. Today’s sunset was around 10:15 (twilight lasts about an hour after that) and the days will keep getting longer until the summer solstice. Note: this does initially throw me off when trying to sleep, but blackout curtains work magic! You’d be amazed what your body can adjust to.
- There are tons of hiking trails within 15 minutes of our apartment. With an extra 15 minutes we can really get out into Chugach State Park and into the mountains. And if you’re not feeling like a hike, there’s so many other things to do in nearby parks: kayaking, paddle boarding, fishing, biking, disc golf, sailing…the list goes on.
- The roads are clear and the sun stays out late, so driving to nearby towns is easier than any other time of the year. We’re planning a few road trips to Seward as well as trips to Girdwood, Homer, Talkeetna, Denali National Park, and to a new location for our anniversary – Valdez!
- Chill Alaska summer activities include cookouts and bonfires on the beach and last year we had a permanent stash of s’mores supplies and summer beers.
- The wildlife gets pretty crazy. Want to see salmon, a bear, or an eagle? You probably will during the summer – even doing normal stuff like going for a quick run!
- Oh and the best part: our summer temps are the ideal running weather! If you’re looking for a summer race, this is the place to be!
I’m so excited for the summer to get here so that I can spend 99.9% of my time outdoors enjoying the last frontier! People may have a lot to say about our winters, but you all have nothing on our summers 🙂
Are you excited for summer? What are your favorite summer activities?