"Oh, look at the time!"

This phrase is often used as a polite way to communicate, "I've checked out of this situation and am leaving now."  However, I frequently find myself saying this in McCarthy as I'm sitting around with friends and I glance at my watch; I'm shocked that it reads "10:00pm" since it appears to be only 4:00pm.  Currently, the sun rises in the northeast and sets in the northwest, making a big clockwise circle in the sky.  The "golden hour", right before dusk that makes for great photos, lasts about two or three hours.  Currently, there are a couple hours in the early morning that has the look of "dusk" (not dark enough for flashlight use outside).  Austin and I are pretty deep sleepers, but it helps to draw curtains; it can be a bit confusing waking up at 3:30am to sunlight streaming in through the windows. We're coming up on Summer Solstice, which is a huge celebration around these parts.  Tourists and locals come in to town, people get married on the glaciers, and bands play in local establishments.  Because it stays light so late, people are out and about longer than they would be in the lower 48.  However, it's tough to pull yourself out of the daylight at 11:00pm and go to bed; but if you don't, you'll regret it tomorrow.