The Longest Day of the Year


“Summertime,” Charles Bowden said, “is always the best of what life might be.”

And sun, glorious sun, is the essence of summer. Without it, life on earth would be impossible. Though winters here in the Northland are long and harsh, our summer days are equally glorious. From Thursday, June 19, through Saturday, June 21, the sun in Two Harbors rises at 5:11 am and sets at 9:05 pm.

This year, are you going to let it slip you by while hanging out inside in front of the television? Or are you going to get out there and enjoy it?

Just imagine…the pink glow out over the lake, exploding into a riot of reds and oranges as the sun peeks over the horizon. The late, slow sunrise as your bike crests along the shore. Or just sitting on the beach, hand in hand with someone you love, as the day stretches on like an eternity.

And when the sun finally goes down on June 21, the joy isn’t over. On the beach near the boat ramp area of Agate Bay, there will be a summer solstice bonfire at 9 pm, keeping the light of summer alive long into the night.