These days, temperatures are in the mid to high 30s with no change in sight. Roads that were only recently hard-packed snow have turned to long, slushy puddles. The latest fashion trend is muck boots…the higher the better.
Today the sun rose at 5:31 AM and will set at 12:28 AM–19 hours of sunshine. Between sunset and sunrise, the skies remain lit with twilight. There is no dark now.
It’s time to “play out.” As in the lower 48, the kids are sensing the end of school is near. State testing is done. Our school carnival and Inupiaq Days are done. Summer is just around the corner.
The sun is shining most days. The sun now barely stretches into the sky as we walk to school. It sets well after our bedtime. Somedays we have a taste of “spring.” Drips of melting snow and ice begin to trickle and drop from eaves. Then the temperature falls again. Minus 17 this morning. This step into spring and back creates interesting icicles. The snow drifts are still up against buildings allowing the children easy access to harvest these icy treasures. The icicles have been pouring down our eaves and also have been left as small presents by our young visitors. Sweet.