In Alaska, talking about sunshine becomes a reason to brag

Published: Jun. 8, 2018 at 3:38 PM AKDT
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The weather in Anchorage is expected to be beautiful this weekend with temperatures in the 70s and blue skies.

To say we're excited about summer and sunlight would be a gross understatement.

"Anything over 70 for us Alaskans, we burn-up," Andres Guarderas, a hot dog vendor in downtown Anchorage said. "Man, we got tank tops and flip flops out."

Guarderas and his wife have been selling reindeer dogs topped with sautéed onions, coated with Dr. Pepper, to overly stimulated visitors this summer. He's quick to point out to a tourist from Texas that Alaska is the largest state in the union.

Anchorage is gorgeous this time of year. Bright and colorful with flowers bursting out of cracks in the sidewalks. Tourists stand in awe, having never seen mountains so big rising so close to salt water, peaks so close to the city they make buildings appear dwarfed.

We've reached the time of year when talking about sunshine, and what you've done in the sun, becomes almost a competition. Bleary eyed co-workers chug coffee beside each other during the week, bragging about their late night hikes and lack of sleep.

No one wants to be in the office. It feels like everyone finds an excuse to be outside.

In Spenard, in front of the marijuana shop Dankorage, a bluegrass band played for traffic heading eastbound on Benson Boulevard.

"Grass on grass," a violin player joked.

At Ship Creek, Brock Aumua cast his line, hoping to catch a fat pink salmon.

"I usually smoke my fish," Aumua said. "it's a family recipe."

Aumua, a self-described "summer guy" says he spends two hours or more at Ship Creek on his days off.

"Just a lot to do in the summer," Aumua said. "Go fishing. Fishing is my main hobby in the summer. Can't do a lot of fishing in winter."

The month of June has more daylight than any other-- 575 hours, 40 minutes and 6 seconds, 80 percent of the month. As of June 8th, we have 19 hours, 5 minutes and 29 seconds of daylight, and Anchorage will continue to gain daylight for the next 11 days.