The Shortest Day of the Year

I made it! I made it to the shortest day of the year. The sun came up here in Anchorage, Alaska at around 10:15am and will set at approximately 3:45pm. Yes, that is correct. We will have 5 1/2 hours of daylight today. And starting tomorrow, the days will gradually get longer.

Before moving here, everyone told me that I would hate the short days. I was also told that the days would only be about 3-4 hours long and that they would be dark and dreary. Whatever picture you have in your mind about the Alaskan winter, throw it out!

Our backyard at noon today.

The winter days here in Anchorage are simply gorgeous! Yes the sun doesn’t start coming up until 9:30 or 10:00, but when it does, it’s shining bright. The days are clear and sunny, with no cloud in sight.

The few days that are cloudy (only 5 in the 2 months that I have been here), it snows! The snow is beautiful and fun to play in. I am hoping that it will snow on Christmas. Crossing my fingers!

If you think that our winters are dark and miserable, you are oh so wrong. Some days are colder than others, but people are out taking advantage of the gorgeous weather. My threshold for playing outside is around 10 degrees, anything colder than that is just too much for Ava. Anywhere you drive in the city you will find people ice fishing, ice skating, nordic skiing, or sledding.

Don’t be afraid to visit Alaska in the winter, you will be missing it at its best!

Have you ever been to Alaska? What time of year?


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