Sunday, June 24, 2012

Solstice Festival

This evening, we went to the Midnight Sun Festival in town. They block off a six block area in downtown Fairbanks and have a bunch of food vendors and three stages for area music performances in the street. I was impressed with the appearance of the sky more than anything else. This is a park right downtown next to the river with a lot of vendor tents including a number of politicians. The food was predictable and the streets were crowded. We stayed to listen to Cold Steel perform as my wife is a member of the steel drum band.

I'm not positive with the meaning of the sign "Looking for Love again" but it is on a building that has been slated for demolition for years. Numerous developers have tried a variety of businesses there without success. I think the latest and strangest proposal is a multi-level green house. A weird use for an old apartment building. I think that I was attracted more to the color of the light than anything going on. These are both iPhone pictures.

My only moto-activity for the weekend was cutting down and grinding smooth the u-bolts that I used to mount the top case to the rear rack and picking up the last couple of items on my list. My son and his wife gave me a pair of rain overgloves from Aerostitch for fathers day. Very much appreciated as I didn't really want to bring my thick & heavy gloves in case of extended rain due to their bulk. I also decided to not bring the small bottle of brake fluid as there are no leaks. This has resulted in some shuffling of the contents of all the cases and the front glove boxes. I picked up an iPad waterproof case and a small dry bag for my camera, the DSLR with only the 50mm f1.8 lens.


Trobairitz said...

So if it was a midnight sun festival were the pictures taken at midnight? It sure looks popular.

Only 8 more days to go for the trip. It sounds like you will be well prepared.

RichardM said...

No, we only stayed until 9:45pm. The Midnight Sun Festival is a very popular activity in Fairbanks. It comes on the heels of the Midnight Sun Run which starts at 10:30pm on Saturday night with the finish line shutting down at midnight. Then the baseball games start with the opening pitch at midnight. Lots of midnight sun activities. For some, it is a very busy weekend.

Only 8 more days but I leave for up north in a couple of days and get back on the weekend.

Dar said...

I am not sure what I would do if the sun was up all night. I think my body would be a little confused by.

Our solstice was marked by rain and cold weather. I am sure hoping summer decides to happen here soon.

RichardM said...

You get used to it pretty quickly and it is nice to be able to out and about at night. A few years back, we went for a hot air balloon ride and it launched around 10pm...

redlegsrides said...

The dearth of rain this year here in Colorado has not allowed for me to try riding with those overgloves, I've got the same set!


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RichardM said...

Chris L from Everydayriding also had a set. They looked pretty well made and I like the little visor wiper on the thumb. This way I can wear my favorite gloves and not bring the thick heavy pair.

I have been hearing how dry Colorado is these days. And some horrible brush fires. We had several years of brush fires partly due to all the beetle killed trees.

Chris said...

love those over-gloves!