Dreaming under the Midnight Sun

Where is your dream destination? This deceptively simple question asked by Lexa and Julie set my mind on exploration mode. The search lasted about, um…13 seconds. Why? Well, because the yearning for the place has been clear and strong in my mind for about a decade: Alaska.

I want to dream under the Midnight Sun. It all started with a photo by Ted Eckmann:
“This cabin’s roof uses plants for insulation. Long daylight hours help Alaskans grow huge flowers in the summer.” 
I truly love the blooms, but what the “long daylight hours” was the bit that won my witchy heart.

I want to delight (and perhaps write a tale or three) in Denali National Park
Go for a bit (or a lot) of canoeing in Kenai National Park
I will certainly ask this seal, “What made you so angry, dear love?”
 
Enjoy a little leap and splash… 
There will be wild cuddles and wilder giggles… 
 
And, more than anything, I want to enjoy a midnight sunset with my Piano Man. Yum!
 
Where is your dream destination, my Wicked Luvs?

Once you share your own travel dreams, fly over to the Dream Destinations Blog-Hop, and see if your dreams are shared by anyone else. Also, enter to win a bunch of delicious reads, including a copy of AlmaMia Cienfuegos and Other Stories.
Write, read and dream words, my Luvs. If you do it darkly, we can do it together. *wicked grin*

76 comments:

  1. Great Dream Destination, Magaly! I would love to go to Alaska and/or Canada too. I especially want to see grizzly bears.

    But If you want to see a (almost) midnight sunset, just pop by our place for Midsummer's! We wear wreaths in our hair, eat strawberries, drink and play games and spend the whole night outside - and the sky never goes dark :)

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    1. I might have to pack my bags and head your way. Do you think the kitties will let me share their couch? Tell them that I will rub their tummies for a LONG time ;-D

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  2. I know why the seal is upset! She didn't have have any slap on and no one wants to be photographed with morning-face. And only you could find photos of Alaska looking like Neverland! I'm almost tempted myself. (Just, not in December, you understand)

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    1. One should never photograph a maiden without her slap on. Never.

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  3. You selected my second choice! I so want to see the Northern Lights! I will get there one day. Hope you do too.

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    1. The thought of the Northern Lights makes me grin from ear to ear ;-)

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  4. I'd LOVE to go to Alaska! And now after seeing these photos I want to go even more. How adorable are those bears and the seal?! The midnight sun is simply stunning.
    Thanks so much for taking part in our hop, Magaly! I'm so glad to meet you. :)

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    1. Aren't they precious? You can see their huge smiles. It is wonderful to meet you, too. Great luck with your new release!

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  5. My dream destination is somewhere warm because I'm freezing my ass. :)

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  6. What a great choice! I've only seen Alaska on the TV, but I love those shows - Northern Exposure, Ice Roads, and Deadly Catch. It's like the last real wilderness in the US. Your pics are awesome! Thanks so much for joining the hop and for you book donation! :-)

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    1. Oh, and don't worry about the comment typo. I can't count the number of times I've left comments with typos and that's even with my Firefox spell-checker. Hahaha!

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    2. Alaska is just such a wonderful place. I know it's cold--incredibly so in the winter--but it is sooo beautiful, isn't it? One day!

      Thank you for the typo forgiveness ;-D

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  7. Alaska is a GREAT choice! To see Denali, Mt. McKinley, the Northern lights, and the crystal blue of a glacier would be wonderful. My hubby and I ALMOST went on an Alaskan cruise for our 35th (I think that's right) anniversary. We backed off when we got a phone call asking us what time we wanted to eat dinner on the cruise. I know that probably sounds dumb, but we didn't relish the idea of being herded from place to place on a set time schedule like we were part of a cattle herd. Our 45th is coming up next year; maybe we'll be more amenable to being moooooved around like that now...

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    1. I'm sooo tired right now that I wouldn't mind being moved around while I just eat and enjoy the view *sigh* But I can see how that will get tired after a few days. Almost 45? Early congrats!

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  8. Awesome destination! I am going back and it's such a beautiful place, captured so well in your pictures! And yet there's nothing like seeing it in person. I've waited too long - but no longer - next year for sure!

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    1. When I go, I plan to trap the scent of the snow under the night sun ;-D

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  9. Wow, gorgeous pictures. And you must be someone else who loves dramatic landscapes! Never been to Alaska, but some day.

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    1. I love parks; places where nature reigns a bit more openly than in New York City.

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  10. Absolutely lovely! Alaska in the summertime would be wonderful.

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  11. Great Pictures, Magaly. A beautiful choice. I try to avoid places where being eaten by the wildlife doesn't look like part of the brochure package, but everyone I know who has been to Alaska agrees it's a place worth seeing. Nice Post!

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    1. You are such a riot! I'm sure there will be enough space for me and the bears. Maybe... I guess I should ask the bears ;-)

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  12. Oooh, Alaska. It'd be a fantastic getaway for sure!

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  13. Oh, those cuddling bears made my day! It's so much fun (and revealing) seeing everyone's different ideas of a "dream destination". I wouldn't have guessed Alaska, but it makes perfect sense for an adventurous Aries like you! :D

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    1. I love warm weather, but there is something so magical about Alaska. And yes, adventure has to do with it!

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  14. All are beautiful places, especially the sunset. I take pictures of sunrises and sunsets. They fascinate me. Nice to "meet" you, Magaly.

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    1. Few things are as beautiful as the sun going to bed and raising out of it ;-)

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  15. I've been to Alaska ;o) I've been to Denali Park ;o) I have to show one of my pictures on my blog! You will love it!!! Thank you for this post! You brought back so many memories for me ;o) I think now, I would love to go to the Yukon ;o) Any place where nature can over take me, I am there ;o) Big Hugs ;o)

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    1. I'm so jealous, Stacy. You must show pictures. Please. I can't wait to see them. Hm, I might have to go and visit you. Then we can raise a little wild magic together ;-D

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  16. All of those places are so beautiful!

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    1. Well, gracias. I think so, too ;-)

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  17. Alaska is a beautiful place! I haven't been there since I was an early teen, but it's an unforgettable place.

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    1. I'm jealous. I bet you have some lovely teen memories.

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  18. I've always wanted to go to Alaska. So beautiful. And you've chosen the best pictures to go with your post.

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  19. Amazing pictures. I'd really love to go to Alaska someday and compared to a lot of destinations on this blog hop, Alaska is much a possibility.

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    1. Yay! for possibilities. I hope I can make this particular dream come true in the next couple of years.

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  20. Wow, you're putting my destination to shame =) Those pictures are beautiful. And I never would have guessed about the flowers in the summer. Good pick!

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    1. The first time I saw the flowers, I thought it was a mistake. Marvelous.

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  21. I've been to Alaska twice, both on cruises, once when I was a kid. I would definitely like to go back and spend more time in some of the places I visited from the ship.

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  22. Would love to visit Alaska one day.... loved your photos:)

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    1. It seems we'll need a really huge boat ;-D

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  23. What stunning pictures! Alaska would be so cool to visit- in the summer! I think the winter would be too much for me (too dark and too cold). :)
    ~Jess

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    1. I don't think I have what it takes to be in Alaska in the winter. I'm pretty sure my Caribbean blood would freeze with shock!

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  24. Alaska is a popular one, and it doesn't take much to realize why. Such a beautiful place. Good choice!

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    1. It is a lovely place, isn't it? I get all giddy thinking about the hiking and other outdoor activities.

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  25. Gorgeous photos! I would also love to visit Alaska! Great meeting you through the blog-hop Magaly!

    Julie

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  26. Alaska is beautiful both in winter and summer! Denali National Park looks so peaceful. Wouldn't mind lounging around there somewhere, writing a tale as well. :D Great choice!

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    1. I can only imagine Alaska in the winter. I'm not crazy about too cold weather, but the thought of all the snow makes the Alaskan winter very appealing ;-D

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  27. My daughter actually wanted to move to Alaska. It's a scenic wonderland! Great Choice.

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  28. Yes to Alaska. It's an experience unlike any I've had. I was there in the summer, so I seldom slept and I never got tired--not until I came home. :-)

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  29. Those are some beautiful shots! I'd love to explore more in Alaska...in the summer. No thanks to the cold and snow :)

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    1. I understand that reservations when it comes to the cold *yikes!*

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  30. I just added Alaska to my bucket list. I want to take a little boat trip into the Bering Sea. Great choice.

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    1. Hm, you know what? I've never started an actual bucket list. I might have to think about that...

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  31. Before this post I never thought a seal could scare me more than a bear. Beware going near that love. Alaska sounds like an adventurous choice. Also seems quite beautiful.

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    1. She looks pretty vicious, doesn't she? I love her teeth, but I have to admit those little spots (on her tongue, too) make her look rather cute. Okay, I have no idea if she's a girl, but she looks like a girl to me ;-)

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  32. This was a delightful post! Very warm and fun. My husband desperately wants to go to Alaska (he wants to move there). While I don't wish to live there permanently, I'd love to visit. I'm a night person, so I sometimes wonder if I'd get more done if I lived somewhere that had a period of darkness like Alaska. But I'd get much better photographs in the daylight.

    The Warrior Muse

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    1. I don't know if I can do Alaska permanently. Okay, let me rephrase, I'm sure I could do if I had to, but I wouldn't ventured a permanent Alaskan life by choice.

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  33. Great choice at an awesome and beautiful place... but only in summer. Not too keen on cold and snow, it's cold enough here in Austria, at least at the moment ;)

    Great post!

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    1. It's not snowing in NYC yet, but it never gets as cold as in Alaska in the winter. I can't even imagine that much snow...

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  34. ive only seen alaska in movies but it always looks spectacular (in summer!)
    id love to go one day... maybe a cruise from vancouver up the coast!

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    1. A cruise sounds good right about now...

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  35. Oh, it looks amazing! My kind of place!

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    1. I can't get enough of those sites!

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  36. We went to Alaska in July. It is amazing. Denali is spectacular. I hope you get there soon. Congrats on winning :)

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    1. I am so jealous. One day, one day!

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  37. Greetings from Homer, Alaska. It's cold and dark here right now.

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    1. We got a bit of snow, today. Nothing worth mentioning to your Alaska-dwelling self.

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