The longest day of the year is of course June 21st and in Alaska people celebrate it like its New Year's Eve. In Fairbanks they play a special baseball game at midnight...with no lights...Anchorage rocks like its the last day on earth!! Skagway has a nice all day celebration near 7th Pasture, commemorating this, the longest day of daylight ....approx 21 hours of daylight in Skagway....bands , burgers and beer..Skagways 3 favorite pastimes in the summer
Stealing the Blackbirds
The locals at Moe's Frontier Bar were busy plotting a scheme during our visit. The scheme is to fly to Haines from Skagway to steel the blackbird figurines behind the local bar. You see, Moes has no birds. The Pioneer Bar in Haines has one. (They recently stole one from Juneau) Juneau has three. (I believe they are in the Arctic Bar) Moe's is feeling the pressure. One local will have to get extremely drunk and unrully in order to distract the bartender, while the other steels the birds. Good luck to the Moe's patrons.
A Skagway Big Mac Attack
In 1982, the first McDonald's opened in Juneau, about 95 miles by air to the south. You can't get to Juneau by road, so the residents of Skagway, not wanting to miss out on the excitement of the first McDonald's, arranged for two medivac planes to pick up an $800 order of Big Macs and fries from the big city. Although there was a wind chill factor of 40 below zero, 200 people waited at the airport runway for the return of the "Big Mac Medivacs", and the planes rolled down the runway with a police escort. The school band played "Old McDonald had a Farm", after overcoming some freeze-up problems with their instruments. Wearing hospital greens, the pilots hustled the food into the terminal for distribution.