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    I am curious; what do people in rural Alaska do to get through the long dark days?

    Now I say rural, because even I can figure out something to do in the city. I live in rural Washington, but have nothing to compare the darkness up there to. Does that make sense? We are not snowed in and cold down here is 30 degrees not -50.

    So what do folks up in rural Alaska do to occupy themselves during those long stretches of winter?

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    uhh go to work..... then come home ..... walk 10 feet and put the fishin lines in the ice holes have some hot chocolate/coffee and wait...

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    Honestly it would be easier to make it through the dark winters in rural areas than in the cities. In the rural area you can get outside during the day, and get some of that sunlight, and fresh air. When you're in the city, you drive to work in the dark, during the best part of the day you are stuck inside, then you drive home in the dark.

    The key isn't so much just keeping busy, it's getting outside. There is plenty to do, x-c skiing, snowshoeing, ice fishing, hiking, photography. And even though we have less sunlight, the snow and frost does an amazing job of reflecting the moonlight, and the light from dawn and dusk.



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    A hard cold snowy winter is good......what super-sucks is a rainy winter, with no snow.

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    Everyone asks about the long dark and cold winters but forgets about the summers being the opposite.

    In my 20 plus years up here I have met more folks "driven" out of AK by not being able to sleep all summer than being cold and dark.

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    I used to stay awake all summer and hibernate all winter. Then I discovered ice fishing and snowmachining. I guess I will get caught up on my sleep when I die.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AK Ray View Post
    Everyone asks about the long dark and cold winters but forgets about the summers being the opposite.

    In my 20 plus years up here I have met more folks "driven" out of AK by not being able to sleep all summer than being cold and dark.
    That won't bother me at all. Heck I can sleep any time any where. I can't tell you how many times that I slept mid day in the hammock while I should have been working off the honeydew list.

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    Quote Originally Posted by klickitat View Post
    I am curious; what do people in rural Alaska do to get through the long dark days?

    Now I say rural, because even I can figure out something to do in the city. I live in rural Washington, but have nothing to compare the darkness up there to. Does that make sense? We are not snowed in and cold down here is 30 degrees not -50.

    So what do folks up in rural Alaska do to occupy themselves during those long stretches of winter?

    well first alaska is never SNOWED IN... we build our houses far enough apart to stack snow up when it falls.

    and secondly....


    the long dark winter? well now you know why most kids are born in September, October, November
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    vince that sounds like the old military joke ..about beening gone for 10 months then comeing home to find a new member of the house everytime you come home and that happens right before going overseas ..and right after comeing back from overseas deployment there was a lot of the women getting pregnant

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    i like to drive around and watch the northern lights in the sky
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    A project is very helpful...like building (or rebuilding) an airplane. When there's something you're trying to get done winters fly by....Louis
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    i do watch allot of internet porn and drink during the winter too.
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    The secret to staying sane is going outside no matter what. I don't know how many folks I've seen lose their mind sitting in all winter long. Get an outdoor activity and do it- snowmachine, ski, snowshoe, ice fish, trap or my favorite- all of the above!

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    Quote Originally Posted by hodgeman View Post
    The secret to staying sane is going outside no matter what. I don't know how many folks I've seen lose their mind sitting in all winter long. Get an outdoor activity and do it- snowmachine, ski, snowshoe, ice fish, trap or my favorite- all of the above!
    I totally agree...Get outside, even for a short amount of time!

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    We've had quite the bumper crop of babies here this summer; I'll just leave it at that

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