First Day of Summer

Rain clouds filled the skies this morning but eventually gave way to partly cloudy skies in the afternoon. The sun was determined to shine on the summer solstice.

Looking east at the Jack White Mountains from the gravel bar

Today marks the first day of summer and the day when the number of daylight hours starts to decrease. Since Bettles is slightly north of the Arctic Circle, the decrease in daylight will not be noticeable until August. 

Lower water levels on the Koyukuk River

Mosquitoes are thriving with the recent rain–can’t even bike fast enough to get away from them. There seems to be several different sizes of mosquitoes buzzing around, some more bothersome than others.

Enjoy summer–mosquitoes and all!

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