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Board: Ryan's a Total Goober
Reply to: #950186 by Yosemite MJD
Aug 16, 2017 5:12pm
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did you know you are an umbraphile? Nothing to be ashamed of, of course.....

Yes, and I'm not ashamed.

-- Ryan, who was checking out the eclipse path live and in person just today! =)
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Board: Ryan's a Total Goober
Reply to: #950186 by Yosemite MJD
Aug 18, 2017 2:20pm
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I think quite a few of us are afflicted by this same subject!
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Reply to: #950187 by Green Tortuga
Aug 19, 2017 10:26am
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My husband was able to get the day off on Monday. And he suddenly decides yesterday that he wants to take a road trip to see totality. We live in FL. Believe it or not, I was able to find a hotel room just outside of Greenville, SC. We'll be leaving at about 4:00 am Monday morning.
The eclipse bug has bitten my husband!

Sits N Knits
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Reply to: #950300 by Sits N Knits
Aug 19, 2017 5:03pm
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The eclipse bug has bitten my husband!

There are 10 kinds of people in the world: those who know binary and those who don't.

Oh, wait... wrong joke....

There are 2 kinds of people in the world: Those who are bitten by the eclipse bug before seeing totality, and those who are bitten by the eclipse bug after seeing totality. ;o)

-- Ryan
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Reply to: #950300 by Sits N Knits
Aug 20, 2017 5:57am
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Take me with you!
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Reply to: #950319 by DebBee
Aug 20, 2017 8:21am
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We're leaving at 4:00 am. :-)
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Reply to: #950322 by Sits N Knits
Aug 20, 2017 11:50am
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Don't tempt me.
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Reply to: #950322 by Sits N Knits
Aug 20, 2017 4:51pm
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You'll have to tell us all about the trip, especially about the traffic. I live in the P.O.T., so I don't have to travel. I just can't imagine what the nearby towns will be like with all the people supposedly flocking in to see the eclipse. I can't wait!

Safe travels!
Thanks for the Eclipse glasses Ryan!!!
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Aug 21, 2017 12:17pm
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We got clouded out shortly before the peak here in east central Minnesota, but I was able to watch quite a bit of the first half, and managed a couple peeks through the clouds right at the peak. Then it rained.

Anyway, thanks, Ryan, for making the glasses available at a reasonable price for us. Totally worth it. Big hugs to you!

-AG
Re: Thanks for the Eclipse glasses Ryan!!!
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Reply to: #950355 by ArtGekko
Aug 21, 2017 2:07pm
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Glad you had a good time. We ended up watching it from Lusk, WY, and had perfect weather for totality! Still stuck in Lusk, though. Holy Moses--the traffic jams are epic! Glad to sit it out. (For now.)
Re: Thanks for the Eclipse glasses Ryan!!!
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Reply to: #950355 by ArtGekko
Aug 21, 2017 5:17pm
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Totally agree - the glasses worked great! Thank you.
Re: Thanks for the Eclipse glasses Ryan!!!
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Reply to: #950355 by ArtGekko
Aug 21, 2017 6:05pm
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Totally awesome, Ryan! We had perfect conditions in Independence, OR! The Diamond Ring and the corona and the bizarre twilight all around were spectacular! Thanks again!

Yosemite MJD
(back home)
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Reply to: #950310 by Green Tortuga
Aug 22, 2017 3:35am
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Ryan,
You were absolutely right about seeing totality. It was one of the most amazing experiences of my life. My husband was completely floored. I expect we'll try to see the next one too.
And a shout out to Pugs and Bee for hosting the best viewing party in all of SC.

Sits N Knits
Re: Thanks for the Eclipse glasses Ryan!!!
Board: Ryan's a Total Goober
Reply to: #950357 by Green Tortuga
Aug 22, 2017 5:19am
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I am so glad you had good weather! We had a great sky, just VERY muggy. But at least we had plenty of shade to wait it. There were wisps of clouds, but in didn't matter. 20 minutes later, a storm cloud rolled over. Phew!

About ONE minute before totality, someone from the park staff was chain sawing about 100M away!! Seriously, WTH??!! So we all yelled in unison "PLEASE STOP SAWING" and he did.
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Reply to: #950381 by Sits N Knits
Aug 22, 2017 5:30am
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Feeling bit envious of those who experienced totality. We had 92% coverage, which was still very cool (and I am amazed at how bright the sun still is with that much coverage!!)

I am in the path of totality for the 2024 eclipse though!
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Reply to: #950310 by Green Tortuga
Aug 22, 2017 5:37am
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There are 2 kinds of people in the world: Those who are bitten by the eclipse bug before seeing totality, and those who are bitten by the eclipse bug after seeing totality. ;o)

I've definitely joined the latter!! TN eclipse was spectacular!
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Reply to: #950381 by Sits N Knits
Aug 22, 2017 6:52am
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I KNEW I should have tagged along. I'd've been quiet as a mouse in the back seat. You'd never have known I was there, I swear!

I learned some stuff about viewing, though, that I can hopefully use in 2024.

I wrote an email to the folks who are reopening the summer camp I worked at up in Maine many years ago, and suggested that they should offer, "eclipse weekends," so folks could come and stay for the eclipse. They're perfectly positioned for it. It'd be extra income for them, and the stargazing was great out there when I was there, so I'm thinking the sun/moongazing would be, too!

Maybe they could get teachers from the local colleges to come out and do astronomy workshops on Saturday and Sunday, leading up to the eclipse on Monday. It could be really awesome!

DebBee
Re: Thanks for the Eclipse glasses Ryan!!!
Board: Ryan's a Total Goober
Reply to: #950355 by ArtGekko
Aug 22, 2017 5:03pm
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We too had an amazing eclipse experience and enjoyed our AtlasQuest souvenir glasses! We were just north of Columbia, SC and had beautiful blue skies. Husband skipped out of work and we had a great family outing! We stayed on the back roads out of Charlotte, NC and had no traffic whatsoever. Apparently there were also epic backups on all the interstates out of Columbia and between Charlotte and Atlanta. Not sorry we missed that! Can't wait for 2024! Thanks Ryan!
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Reply to: #950186 by Yosemite MJD
Aug 23, 2017 8:06am
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Well, after Monday, I want to be an umbraphile. My husband and I drove over 800 miles to get to South Carolina to see the eclipse. I woke at 4:30am on the 21st to check the latest weather, found out that our site was increasing it's chances of rain, and we got up and drove to places that had better outlooks for the weather at 2:40. At noon some clouds rolled in, we saw the first half of the eclipse with wispy clouds moving across the sun for two hours. It was lovely. At 2:20 the clouds stopped moving and we had clear skies for the next hour. Couldn't have been better. We are hooked and will probably go to Texas in 2024 even though totality will be within three hours of our CT home. The weather in April is not good, so I want better odds for clear skies and open expanse for my next viewing.
oh, and eclipse people are the most excited, welcoming, and friendly people I've ever met. Even a little nicer then deadheads in the 70's.
thanks for the glasses Ryan. I'm not blind, so they must have been up to code!
New project for Ryan
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Sep 5, 2017 4:26pm
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Re: New project for Ryan
Board: Ryan's a Total Goober
Reply to: #950953 by karmakat
Sep 5, 2017 5:15pm
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Off you go, Ryan. Send pictures!

;-)

Yosemite
(In my armchair, ready)
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Reply to: #950956 by Yosemite MJD
Sep 9, 2017 3:54pm
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I'm too busy. You do it and tell me all about it. =)
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Reply to: #951104 by Green Tortuga
Sep 10, 2017 12:34am
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2/3 of that trail is hiking alongside highways. I think my brother would opt out, too.
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Board: Ryan's a Total Goober
Reply to: #950357 by Green Tortuga
Sep 14, 2017 10:40am
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We were staying in Salt Lake for a family reunion, and went up to Rexburg, ID to see the eclipse. It took the usual 3 1/2 hours on Sunday afternoon to get to Rexburg. Just like Ryan's blog post warned, people started leaving as soon as totality finished. We waited until it was all finished, then had a leisurely lunch, packed up, and spent nearly an hour on the BYU-Idaho campus and in the bookstore (because I started their pre-program, Pathway this week, and will be enrolling there next year as an online student, and wanted to at least have been on campus once before graduating), and then we went and joined the traffic line. It took 10 1/2 hours to get back to our motel in Salt Lake, including a half-hour food stop in Blackfoot.

But our Prius spent most of that time in electric mode, so it took almost no gas on that trip. :)

And the traffic was totality worth it!
Re: Thanks for the Eclipse glasses Ryan!!!
Board: Ryan's a Total Goober
Reply to: #951262 by Romana
Sep 14, 2017 10:43am
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Now looking for friends in Texas who will be in the path of totality in 2024...who won't mind three people willing to sleep on couches and floors for two nights...

Romana
Re: Thanks for the Eclipse glasses Ryan!!!
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Reply to: #951263 by Romana
Sep 14, 2017 6:22pm
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You can camp out in my backyard. ;)
I think though, that i'm going to try to find some place closer to the center of totality, because it looks like it will be closer to four minutes there, as opposed to one minute at my house. Still have plenty of time to plan. :)
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Reply to: #951288 by photopam
Sep 14, 2017 6:34pm
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I just checked the path and I don't even need to leave town ... 100%! There's a school track just around the block where I suspect many will camp out.
The launch of a new website!
Board: Ryan's a Total Goober
Apr 18, 2018 11:26pm
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Yes, I've done it again! I created another website! Because... well, I'm not sure exactly how many I have now, but I definitely know I needed another one. *nodding* =)

So, this evening.... I launched the latest and great website: Backcountry-Water.com!

I think it looks great! =)

-- Ryan
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Reply to: #959277 by Green Tortuga
Apr 19, 2018 5:05am
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Needed this Monday when I was teaching different treatment methods. ;)
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Reply to: #959277 by Green Tortuga
Apr 19, 2018 8:22am
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Nice job Ryan!
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