While we were on the receiving end of a good little burst at the very beginning of our night, hours ticked away while the aurora was very much in a recovery stage. When I talked about this with another guide this morning, his conclusion was that 'It will be the gift to Alaska". 

Perfectly said. As the aurora moves west through the night, it's possible Alaska caught a very, very good early morning show. There will be more exciting nights ahead for us, I promise.