The longest day of the year, summer solstice. When you live south you rejoice in the longest day of the year knowing it is the most sunlight you will get, but it is a whole different experience the farther you go north. The summer solstice in Whitehorse, Yukon brings us 21 hours of sunlight; a blessing or a disturbance depending on how you look at it. Robert Service’s famouspoem “The Cremation of Sam McGee” reflects on the contrasts of life in Yukon;
There are strange things done in the midnight sun
By the men who moil for gold;
The Arctic trails have their secret tales
That would make your blood run cold;
The Northern Lights have seen queer sights,
But the queerest they ever did see
Was that night on the marge of Lake Lebarge
I cremated Sam McGee.
It has been a major transition getting used to having the sun up for so long and not seeing darkest at all in the last couple on moths. Either way, it does allow for spending way more time outside and to compensate for the middle of winter where only 3 hours of sun reaches the city. The winter will be a other beast to get used to.