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Re: Eclipse
Board: Ryan's a Total Goober
Reply to: #950381 by Sits N Knits
Aug 22, 2017 6:52am
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!

Re: Eclipse
Board: Ryan's a Total Goober
Reply to: #950186 by Yosemite MJD
Aug 23, 2017 8:06am
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!