In the summertime in Alaska, it is super bright daylight outside until well after midnight and then almost immediately after sunset, the glow of the sunrise appears. Fortunately, Max is sleeping in a windowless closet and the shades in the other rooms are quite room-darkening, so the children have been fooled. The light is stimulating and the adults sometimes are challenged to put themselves to bed even though it is technically quite late and we are falling asleep on the couch.
On Alaskan wildlife: Late last night Rob took his camera down to get pictures of the loons on our lake. As he was snapping photos of the two loons, a beaver popped up and swam right between the loons. No sooner had the beaver appeared than along came an eagle swooping overhead. Yesterday, when I said "Mosquito!" to Jasper, he slapped himself on the forehead.
Uncle Kris - my sister Em's husband - has finally gone halibut fishing today. It was his goal to get out there to experience firsthand the "halibut capital of the world." Since we arrived, he has received advice and contact information from all quarters on how and when to fish in Alaska. At least hourly, someone was inquiring as to his progress in preparations and plans for a fishing trip. I suppose we all needed a focus to our week and since our schedules were rather tied up with childcare and meal-planning, we turned our considerable mental energies onto Kris and his outing. In the end, he ended up going on his adventure today probably as much to get away from us and our questions as to actually fish.