The Sun In Homer, Alaska

If you follow me on twitter, you know I’ve been whining about the lack of sun in Homer this year.  We’ve been here for a week and didn’t really see the sun until today.  A few days ago I promised "the sun" (via twitter) that I’d blog about it and put up a picture if it ever decided to show up here.

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We still have plenty of clouds obscuring the mountains across Kachemak Bay (which makes the sun reflect in strange and unusually ways), but when I returned home from my run Amy was jumping up and down shouting "the sun is out, the sun it out" confirming that it had finally made an appearance.

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It wasn’t very cloudy last night when I took this picture at midnight, but the sun was hiding near the horizon.  Amy was asleep so she missed this.  Note all the lights on the Homer Spit and the snow on the mountains in the background.  Pretty. 

  • Luke G

    I was born in Homer and raised in California, but I still have family there (know the Jays?) and get to visit every couple years. For me, it's almost unspeakably moving. Alaska seems to be on a different scale than anyplace else I've been. Colorado, Montana, Idaho, Wyoming – all beautiful, vast, impressive, but Alaska is a land apart.

    Alaska just seems to have that -er…the mountains are bigger, sky wider and brighter (in the summer!), storms heavier, and the sun even sweeter.

    Man, it's time to go back.

    • http://www.feld.com Brad Feld

      Luke – I so agree.  I love it up here, especially when the sun graces us with its presence. 

      I don’t know the Jays – we’ve had a place up here for six years and keep a very low profile.  My wife Amy grew up (until she was 8) in Anchor Point and she still knows a few people there, but no family.

      • Luke G

        So it goes – decent view, btw. My next favorite thing about Homer in particular is that every house I've been in has local art and a musical instrument – I've seen a piano in all but one cabin way past town.

        I'm enjoying it vicariously – cheers.

  • Nancy C

    Ah – one of my most favorite places on earth!

    Your blog and Twitters bring back many good memories of my time in Alaska during high school (I'll pass on sharing the years) and my recent trips back to Whittier, Homer and Tutka Bay.

    My thoughts in the summer always turn to the Greatland, but I can skip those long dark winters for sure.

    Thanks for sharing.

  • http://intensedebate.com/people/bfeld bfeld

    Luke – I so agree.  I love it up here, especially when the sun graces us with its presence. 

    I don’t know the Jays – we’ve had a place up here for six years and keep a very low profile.  My wife Amy grew up (until she was 8) in Anchor Point and she still knows a few people there, but no family.

  • Luke G

    So it goes – decent view, btw. My next favorite thing about Homer in particular is that every house I've been in has local art and a musical instrument – I've seen a piano in all but one cabin way past town.

    I'm enjoying it vicariously – cheers.

  • Nancy C

    Ah – one of my most favorite places on earth!

    Your blog and Twitters bring back many good memories of my time in Alaska during high school (I'll pass on sharing the years) and my recent trips back to Whittier, Homer and Tutka Bay.

    My thoughts in the summer always turn to the Greatland, but I can skip those long dark winters for sure.

    Thanks for sharing.

  • Luke G

    I was born in Homer and raised in California, but I still have family there (know the Jays?) and get to visit every couple years. For me, it's almost unspeakably moving. Alaska seems to be on a different scale than anyplace else I've been. Colorado, Montana, Idaho, Wyoming – all beautiful, vast, impressive, but Alaska is a land apart.

    Alaska just seems to have that -er…the mountains are bigger, sky wider and brighter (in the summer!), storms heavier, and the sun even sweeter.

    Man, it's time to go back.