Monday, June 23, 2008

Farthest North I've Ever Been

Earlier today (at around 1 AM) I landed in Anchorage, Alaska. The purpose of my trip is to attend the IEEE conference on Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition. Before dinner, a few of us went for a short walk on a coast side trail. Sadly the tide was low and there were a lot of clouds so the view was uninspiring (hence the picture). I've mostly spent the day at the conference so I haven't seen much of Anchorage. I will say that even though the sun officially sets around midnight and rises around 4 AM, the afterglow and predawn glow effectively means there is always light outside. Its a little unsettling to look outside now (it is around 10:15pm) and it looks like it would be at around 6pm on a cloudy day back home. What is also strange is that places seem to close at the same hours that they do elsewhere, so late at night, there is a lot of light out but most places are closed.
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