Here’s something else I love about Alaska, although this is not exclusive to Alaska: The light from the moon reflects off the snow and creates a brightness that doesn’t exist where there is no snow. It’s bright enough to walk outside without any other light source, and without worrying about bumping into a moose. I remember in the arctic, when we lost the sun completely for about 7 weeks, how it sometimes felt brighter at night than it did during the day. I’m sure it was sometimes, though weather played a part in that.
And the moonlight is beautiful! Rugged mountains, the glacier, snow-laden spruce trees, light and shadow, all in a monochrome night-blue.
Something we never have in Alaska, however, are dark, warm nights. We revel dark, warm nights when we travel. When it’s warm in Alaska, it’s never dark. And when it’s dark in Alaska, it’s never warm.
Which would I rather have? All of them.