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On the Rain

I'm starting to wonder if our entire summer is going to be a wet one.  Since we've lived here we've learned there are two types of Alaskan Summers - wet and rainy or hot and smokey.  So far this year is leaning to the wet and rainy side of things.  We had a long wet winter with a copious amount of snow, and I think most of us in the interior were hoping for some nice sun and warmer weather for a few months, but so far it hasn't played out that way.

May seems to have been a tease of beautiful weather, only to be replaced by the June drizzle.  It's been raining for days, with little to no end in sight.  I've had more rainy summers living in the state of Alaska than I have in any other state. 

Mother Nature likes to play cruel jokes on those that are crazy enough to live in this state.  I think she laughs as she continues to dump snow on us in the darkness of winter and then gets even with us for complaining about how wet winter was by giving us a soggy summer.

We have a bit of a pond in the front yard, our rivers have had flood watches and warnings posted in the last week.  I've traded my flipflops for a rain jacket.  It's just getting ridiculous.  We need some sun.  The summer solstice has come and gone, we know that the time in the sun is just downhill from here.  If Mother Nature doesn't knock it off, soon we won't get our batteries recharged before we go back into a state of frozen darkness.  

Life in Alaska, even in the modern-day isn't for the faint of heart.  You have to be willing to tolerate a lot of weather challenges, the dark, and the light.  Believe it or not, there are a lot of people who leave not because of the dark, but because of the 24 hours of light, we get in the summer.  It messes with your circadian rhythms even when you think you've adjusted to living here, blackout blinds an all.  In spite of all of that, I crave the summer sun and this rain just isn't cutting it!