As summer solstice approaches, we are in the full throes of Alaskan daylight. The sun drops below the mountains just before midnight, but it is only just out of sight. The world is cast into a long twilight, negating the need for flashlights unless traveling into the cover of the woods.
The sun rises again around 4am, and always seems high overhead throughout the day.
Driving home one night last week after dinner with friends, I was inspired by the setting sun to drive past our house and continue another 10 miles down the road to the Anchor Point Beach. First, we stopped at the Baycrest overlook, just outside of Homer.
At Anchor Point, the sun set close to the currently active and obviously smoking volcano, Mt. Redoubt
Even after the sun disappeared, the beach continued to reflect the sky.