TOLSONA SUNRISE -- One thing that I really look forward to every morning is sunrise. After nineteen straight hours of darkness, that moment when you begin to see those golden-pinkish sun tones rise over the trees in the front yard is a welcome relief. Whether or not it's actually reflected in the temperatures, the rising sun seems to lend a warmth all of its own and it brings with it a certain energy. The critters of the forest feel it, especially the birds who start to come out looking for their morning meals. It's not just the animals that begin to scamper around though it's the people as well, as all chores must be done before the sun sets again some five hours later. That leaves very little time for leisure activities such as photography, hiking, or riding the snowmachine trails. As for the cat, he sees things the other way. He tends to be more nocturnal and enjoys soaking up what little daylight we get stretched out in front of the window on the bed by the woodstove. This is all the direct opposite of what we experience in the summer when you're never in much of a hurry to do anything. Time really slows down then and it's hard to be motivated. You can lay around all day being lazy and still have plenty of daylight left to do jobs, projects, or anything you want. Sunrise is something special to Alaskans. I'm sure the rising sun is a sight to behold no matter where you are in this world, but to folks living offgrid in the northland it means something a little more...for us, it's truly a welcome sight! --in Tolsona, Alaska.