Happy Summer Solstice and news of Tracy in Alaska

Today is Summer Solstice - the longest day of the year and the start of summerThis is part of my youngest daughter Tracy's e-mail post today: TRACY WROTE :

As most of you know, I am 18 weeks pregnant. we had our first ultrasound yesturday. That was so exciting! It seems so real now! (I still can't feel the baby move. ) We found out that we are having a BOY!!!   We are so happy. I even shead a bunch of tears of joy during the ultrasound. I couldn't help it.

Today is Solstice and we are having another big get together with our friends up here.We are going to have a big dinner, Rick is firing up the smoker, and we are going to have a bon fire.  Today is the longest day of the year. we have about 20 hrs of sunlight and 4 hrs of twilight. It never really gets dark, this time of year. But from tommorrow on we start to lose a little bit of light every day, til winter solstice (Dec 21) that is then we start gaining it again. Happy Solstice!!  Love Tracy, Rick and the little one.

Wish I could join them at their party- The weather in the Palmer/Wasilla area by her is a high of 63 and a low of 50.  Sunrise is officially at 4:12am and sunset officially at 11:43 - as she said - even the dark time is more like twighlight.  They are still below the arctic circle - so the sun does fall below the horizon (Just not that far) - if they were above the arctic circle, there would be no darkness at all. In the most northen areas of Alaska - like Barrow - the sun will not set for months!!

 Happy Soltice