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What will your experience be?
I'm in the path of totality.
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I'm not, but am planning on going somewhere that is.
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I'm not in the path of totality and will be staying home.
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PostPosted: 08/05/17 6:16 pm    ::: Solar Eclipse 2017 is Coming!!!!! Reply Reply with quote

Sorry, this was supposed to be in Area 51. Guess I shouldn't post so soon after a nap. Smile

I think that where I am is something like 80-85%.

I took two days off work to go somewhere.

2024 will be much easier for me as it will be less than an hour to get somewhere it is totality. I'll need to go a little further to get some significant time in totality though. That's probably what I'll do. I have relatives that are in the path of totality in Indiana, Ohio and Texas. Might be time for a visit! (I've taken two days off for that one too. Boss thought I was nuts.)

Here's a map where you can find out what percent of totality you'll be in for 2017.

https://eclipse2017.nasa.gov/sites/default/files/interactive_map/index.html


Here's a map where you can find out what percent of totality you'll be in for 2024.

https://eclipse.gsfc.nasa.gov/SEgoogle/SEgoogle2001/SE2024Apr08Tgoogle.html



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Took a personal day and I will view it in Missouri at a winery. Staying Sunday in Illinois, where I originally was going to go to view it. I am still giving myself the option to go to Nebraska or North Carolina in case the weather does not cooperate.



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Took a personal day and I will view it in Missouri at a winery. Staying Sunday in Illinois, where I originally was going to go to view it. I am still giving myself the option to go to Nebraska or North Carolina in case the weather does not cooperate.



The economic impact of this is going to be huge!!!!!

I'm spending Sunday night in Louisville. The plan is to go south on Monday. If the weather sucks I figured that I could go either east or west from Louisville without too much trouble.

It's crazy though. There isn't a single hotel room in Nashville. Gonna be tons of unhappy people if it's rainy/cloudy and their all stuck in traffic trying to get out of town!



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PostPosted: 08/07/17 10:01 am    ::: Reply Reply with quote

I *could* drive the 6 hours to Tennessee and view it at my daughter's house along with the 6 kids (5 teenagers) but I think I'll stay put and watch the partial version here in Virginia. I have seen two total eclipses, one as a child in Wisconsin, the other on the day of my daughter's kindergarten graduation in Tennessee. They are eerie and amazing.



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When I made my room reservation in January, it was the last one in a 300 miles area. I originally was planning to go to Carbondale Illinois, but it had all the earmarks of a giant cluster and I did not want to do that. So I will stay in a room off I 57 near St. Louis, then drive into Missouri first thing in the morning.



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PostPosted: 08/08/17 8:02 am    ::: Reply Reply with quote

Not doing anything special for this year, but, knock on wood, I'll be at ground zero, in NH, for 2024's.



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When I made my room reservation in January, it was the last one in a 300 miles area. I originally was planning to go to Carbondale Illinois, but it had all the earmarks of a giant cluster and I did not want to do that. So I will stay in a room off I 57 near St. Louis, then drive into Missouri first thing in the morning.



That's what I'm thinking I'll do from Louisville.

I may not have my solar eclipse glasses though. The company sent me an email that they shipped them, but I haven't received them. Tracking label has been created, but they are still showing that they are at the seller. Contacted them and they told me that I needed to contact the shipper. Shipper says that they never received them. Have another email in to the seller, can't get through on the phone, says the mailbox is full. Probably bunches of other people that didn't get their glasses!!!! Sad

Fortunately ordered another pair the other day, but they are coming from eBay and I kind of leery about the quality of them.



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PostPosted: 08/08/17 9:33 am    ::: Reply Reply with quote

I got my glasses at Lowe's ($1.98 ) and a lot of places like that have them here where I am. The ones I got are made by American Paper Optics and are on the approved list of manufacturers.

Of course I'm not in 100% zone, in fact with low clouds (very common where I am in the morning) it may not happen (or rather, not be able to be seen), even if the smoke from the B.C. fires are not being blown our way.

But I do have my glasses, pretty easy to find still up here.

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PostPosted: 08/08/17 9:57 am    ::: Reply Reply with quote

If you're Amazon Prime, you can get free 2 day delivery of a five pack of Lunt glasses from Amazon for $14.99.

That would seem a lot more reliable than gambling on eBay.

B&H Photo also says they have the Lunt glasses in stock for shipment today. I have used that company in the past without incident.

The Lunt glasses and B&H are on NASA's lists.
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B&H is a possibility though.


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PostPosted: 08/08/17 11:37 am    ::: Reply Reply with quote

Actually, since this thread got me thinking about it, I just went ahead and ordered a 5 pack of Lunt glasses from B&H for $12.95. I was planning on ordering something else already anyhow, so that got me just over $50, which meant free expedited shipping. No sales tax.

Supposed to arrive tomorrow. I'll try to remember to post something when they actually arrive.


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PostPosted: 08/08/17 11:38 am    ::: Reply Reply with quote

Lots of stores here have the glasses at the checkout lane for less than $5 - typically $2.

We're outside the full zone, but should get a good partial if the morning fog lifts by then. I think one of the powerful things about the solar eclipse is how fast it moves. Swoosh, here comes the dark. Swoosh here comes the light. My sister is going in a motorhome full of people to see it. She says that way even if they get stuck in traffic, they have their own food and bathroom so no worries. I have no worries either - I'm staying home. Cool

There are some lovely pix of the moon eclipse yesterday in Asia up on the net.



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I expect I'll probably stay home (81% here), but I'm still considering driving to my sister's place in Raleigh (93%) or all the way to Greenville, SC (100%).

20 hour round trip seems like a lot for a 2 minute total eclipse. Haven't gotten myself excited enough about it to make that seem worth the effort.

Plus they're expecting a million visitors in South Carolina. That trip could easily turn into a nightmare.

And with my luck it will probably be cloudy and rain all afternoon anyhow.


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PostPosted: 08/08/17 2:28 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

Not going anywhere. Will see about 70% where I am.

This reminds me of one of my most memorable outdoor experiences. In the early '60's, I hiked all alone up the western slope of Mt. Katahdin in northern Maine, over the peak, and down the eastern slope on day when an almost total eclipse of the sun hit in the afternoon as I was descending.

I had no gear other than a canteen of water and a sandwich, and I sat down for 20-30 minutes of greatest darkness. I recall running down much of the trail after the eclipse peaked so I could meet my father's car near the appointed time at the eastern base. I was a very good track athlete in those days, indestructible and fearless.

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PostPosted: 08/08/17 6:18 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

That must have been sweet.



This is the official NOAA 8 to 14 day forecast (which updates daily):
http://www.cpc.ncep.noaa.gov/products/predictions/814day/

Here's a first nationwide forecast for Aug 21, and it says Confidence Very Low twice.
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/capital-weather-gang/wp/2017/08/07/an-early-total-solar-eclipse-weather-forecast-as-of-aug-7-2017/?utm_term=.2c9e0bfaa80c


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I got my glasses at Lowe's ($1.98 ) and a lot of places like that have them here where I am. The ones I got are made by American Paper Optics and are on the approved list of manufacturers.

Of course I'm not in 100% zone, in fact with low clouds (very common where I am in the morning) it may not happen (or rather, not be able to be seen), even if the smoke fires from B.C. are not being blown our way.

But I do have my glasses, pretty easy to find still up here.

Good luck!


APO is where I ordered mine from. Sad I hope that they aren't planning on selling any in this area in 2024 because I'm going to tell everyone that I know not to order from them.

Their customer service is pretty much non-existent from what I've experienced.

When I first contacted them, I got a fairly crappy email back that I needed to do the checking even though the tracking was showing that FedEx didn't even have the package.

I emailed them and told them that and I haven't heard from them. It's been 27.5 hours now.

I tried calling them 4 times this morning and after several rings, I got the message about the mailbox being full. I tried calling them this afternoon and again a few minutes ago. Now it didn't even ring. It just goes right to the the message that the mailbox was full.

I sent a couple more emails this evening telling them that it doesn't look like it has left their facility.

I can understand that they are swamped. Just communicate with me and let me know why the item that I ordered placed 10 days ago and was shipped 7 days ago isn't here!!!!



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ArtBest23 wrote:
Actually, since this thread got me thinking about it, I just went ahead and ordered a 5 pack of Lunt glasses from B&H for $12.95. I was planning on ordering something else already anyhow, so that got me just over $50, which meant free expedited shipping. No sales tax.

Supposed to arrive tomorrow. I'll try to remember to post something when they actually arrive.


I ordered a 5 pack from B&H. Too bad they only last about 3 years and then need to be replaced.



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ArtBest23 wrote:
I expect I'll probably stay home (81% here), but I'm still considering driving to my sister's place in Raleigh (93%) or all the way to Greenville, SC (100%).

20 hour round trip seems like a lot for a 2 minute total eclipse. Haven't gotten myself excited enough about it to make that seem worth the effort.

Plus they're expecting a million visitors in South Carolina. That trip could easily turn into a nightmare.

And with my luck it will probably be cloudy and rain all afternoon anyhow.


That was my thought too along with the weather.

Then I got to thinking and decided that I can just make it a little vacation and go to some state parks or something. Plus, by not going all the way to the center of totality, I have some flexibility depending on weather.

Of course, that late realization is what is causing some of my troubles now.

Also, what I learn about this one will help me with 2024. (Namely not to order from APO! Smile )



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ArtBest23 wrote:
If you're Amazon Prime, you can get free 2 day delivery of a five pack of Lunt glasses from Amazon for $14.99.


That would seem a lot more reliable than gambling on eBay.


B&H Photo also says they have the Lunt glasses in stock for shipment today. I have used that company in the past without incident.

The Lunt glasses and B&H are on NASA's lists.
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B&H is a possibility though.


Hey, they have a letter of authenticity with them! Laughing



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PostPosted: 08/09/17 6:45 am    ::: Reply Reply with quote

I ordered viewing glasses just for fun, but part of the package deal with the winery viewing party is a pair of glasses along with lunch and a serving of wine in a commemorative glass!

Just hope Mark did not oversell his venue!



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ArtBest23 wrote:
Actually, since this thread got me thinking about it, I just went ahead and ordered a 5 pack of Lunt glasses from B&H for $12.95. I was planning on ordering something else already anyhow, so that got me just over $50, which meant free expedited shipping. No sales tax.

Supposed to arrive tomorrow. I'll try to remember to post something when they actually arrive.


Well, as promised, the five pack arrived in perfect condition this afternoon via UPS, just a day after they were ordered.


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This was the response I received today to my email from last night.

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we are going to reship just in case as it says it was delivered in our records


I'm not sure if I should be happy or offended. Confused


I'm not sure how their records can show it was delivered when FedEx is not even showing it as being picked up yet.



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ArtBest23 wrote:
Actually, since this thread got me thinking about it, I just went ahead and ordered a 5 pack of Lunt glasses from B&H for $12.95. I was planning on ordering something else already anyhow, so that got me just over $50, which meant free expedited shipping. No sales tax.

Supposed to arrive tomorrow. I'll try to remember to post something when they actually arrive.


Well, as promised, the five pack arrived in perfect condition this afternoon via UPS, just a day after they were ordered.


Great! I don't think mine have shipped yet, but I just did regular shipping.



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PostPosted: 08/10/17 6:47 am    ::: Reply Reply with quote

Krispy Kreme is getting in on the fun.

http://www.theindychannel.com/news/eclipse/krispy-kreme-creates-special-eclipse-doughnut



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Your PSA for the day.

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If you've already purchased a pair of specs, AAS has a tip for testing them out.

When you put them on, "you shouldn't be able to see anything...except the sun itself," the organizations says. "If you can see lights of more ordinary brightness through your eclipse glasses or handheld viewer, and you're not sure the product came from a reputable vendor, it's no good," AAS said in a statement.




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The group also warns against using some eclipse-viewing home remedies -- such as sunglasses or wearing a welding mask.

The group recommends only using a welding mask if you're certain of its "shade number," an indication of how dark the mask's tint is. To view the eclipse, you'll need something at a 12, 13 or 14. A shade number of 13 is ideal, AAS says, but those are hard to come by.



http://fox59.com/2017/08/10/alarming-reports-of-unsafe-eclipse-glasses-sold-online-have-officials-warning-public/



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This was the response I received today to my email from last night.

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we are going to reship just in case as it says it was delivered in our records


I'm not sure if I should be happy or offended. Confused


I'm not sure how their records can show it was delivered when FedEx is not even showing it as being picked up yet.


Today I get a notification from APO that FedEx couldn't deliver the glasses and that I needed to contact FedEx to arrange for delivery.

I call FedEx and they still don't have any record of having a package for me.

I'm feeling more and more that someone at APO is trying to blame FedEx for something that was APO's fault.



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Your PSA for the day.

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If you've already purchased a pair of specs, AAS has a tip for testing them out.

When you put them on, "you shouldn't be able to see anything...except the sun itself," the organizations says. "If you can see lights of more ordinary brightness through your eclipse glasses or handheld viewer, and you're not sure the product came from a reputable vendor, it's no good," AAS said in a statement.




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The group also warns against using some eclipse-viewing home remedies -- such as sunglasses or wearing a welding mask.

The group recommends only using a welding mask if you're certain of its "shade number," an indication of how dark the mask's tint is. To view the eclipse, you'll need something at a 12, 13 or 14. A shade number of 13 is ideal, AAS says, but those are hard to come by.



http://fox59.com/2017/08/10/alarming-reports-of-unsafe-eclipse-glasses-sold-online-have-officials-warning-public/


The linked article says: "The last time a total solar eclipse was visible from the continental U.S. was about 40 years ago, on February 26, 1979."

That's hard to believe, because I so vividly remember the same fear frenzy about everyone frying their eyes. Warnings about sunglasses. Warnings about staring at the sun. Frequent articles and TV demonstrations about how to build a mirrored light box to indirectly watch the eclipse.

As far as I recall, no one fried their eyes. Hominids have been looking at eclipses for at least 15 million years without American Astronomical Society approved sunglasses.

Can people glance at the full sun for a second or two and then glance again a while later? Of course, we all do it. A fortiori, we can do the same glancing thing with an eclipsing sun. Sans shades.
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Can people glance at the full sun for a second or two and then glance again a while later? Of course, we all do it. A fortiori, we can do the same glancing thing with an eclipsing sun. Sans shades.


I agree in general, but for people who want to stare at it for the full 40 seconds or so, yeah, the special glasses are needed. I do know someone who ruined their eyes staring at the sun. They didn't go blind, but have permanent retina damage.



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Fill a flat pail with a black bottom, with water. A big skillet will work too. Look at the eclipse reflection. Worked for 5000 years. Or go to a lake / swimming hole.


NOAA 6 to 10 day forecast is up
http://www.cpc.ncep.noaa.gov/products/predictions/610day/index.php

updated 10 day semi-traditional map via Washington Post, confidence low
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/capital-weather-gang/wp/2017/08/11/total-solar-eclipse-weather-forecast-as-of-aug-11/?utm_term=.6b3e657eb21e


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Looks like the money spot for both is along the Indiana/Missouri border, a little north of where it intersects with Kentucky.

I will definitely never be traveling there.


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Everything you may have wanted to know.


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What will I see during a total solar eclipse?

During a total solar eclipse, the disk of the moon blocks out the last sliver of light from the sun, and the sun's outer atmosphere, the corona, becomes visible. The corona isn't an indistinct haze; skywatchers report seeing great jets and ribbons of light, twisting and curling out into the sky.



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What will happen during the total eclipse?

Plants and animals act as though night is falling, as flowers close up and birds return to roost. The temperature can drop 10 degrees or more.


I had been wondering how much it might drop. That will be weird.

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Will traffic be bad on Aug. 21?

Yes, it could be one of the worst traffic days in U.S. history, some NASA representatives predict. Although about 12 million people live within the narrow band of totality, about 200 million reside within a day's drive of it. The agency has estimated that the population inside the path of totality may double on the day of the eclipse.





https://www.usatoday.com/story/tech/science/2017/07/11/solar-eclipse-2017-heres-everything-you-need-know/464345001/



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I'm THRILLED to report that I received my eclipse glasses today.

I received the pair that I ordered from APO 13 days ago AND the 5 pairs that I ordered from B&H 3 days ago. Now I have a total of 7 pairs. Rolling Eyes Laughing

I also got some filters fashioned for my cameras. I made 4 and I want to make a 5th one. Just in case. Wink

I'm going to be so bummed if it rains or is cloudy!!!!!!



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Now I have a total of 7 pairs.


You're good for centuries of eclipses!

Amazon is recalling and issuing refunds for many of the eclipse glasses.

I'm skipping the eclipse to have a new top put on my 95 Mustang convertible, which is leaking badly. That's okay, and I don't need any pictures of the eclipse, because I've already seen what they always look like:

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Now I have a total of 7 pairs.


You're good for centuries of eclipses!

Amazon is recalling and issuing refunds for many of the eclipse glasses.





Unfortunately I've read that they are only good for about 3 years. Sad

And although none of mine came from Amazon, the 5 pairs from B&H came are Lunt.

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A second eclipse glasses seller based in Tucson, Ariz., Lunt Solar System, said their products are also verified but under a recall anyway.



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Not going anywhere. Will see about 70% where I am.

This reminds me of one of my most memorable outdoor experiences. In the early '60's,
I hiked all alone up the western slope of Mt. Katahdin in northern Maine, over the peak, and down the eastern slope on day when an almost total eclipse of the sun hit in the afternoon as I was descending.

I had no gear other than a canteen of water and a sandwich, and I sat down for 20-30 minutes of greatest darkness. I recall running down much of the trail after the eclipse peaked so I could meet my father's car near the appointed time at the eastern base. I was a very good track athlete in those days, indestructible and fearless.

O tempora! O mores!



Cool. I remember that one, so researched the date- Sat. July 20, 1963, making me 7. My general memory is being in the family car, driving through the Naugatuck Valley, and my father pulling over so we could check it out. Trying to get sibling verification.



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GlennMacGrady wrote:
Not going anywhere. Will see about 70% where I am.

This reminds me of one of my most memorable outdoor experiences. In the early '60's,
I hiked all alone up the western slope of Mt. Katahdin in northern Maine, over the peak, and down the eastern slope on day when an almost total eclipse of the sun hit in the afternoon as I was descending.

I had no gear other than a canteen of water and a sandwich, and I sat down for 20-30 minutes of greatest darkness. I recall running down much of the trail after the eclipse peaked so I could meet my father's car near the appointed time at the eastern base. I was a very good track athlete in those days, indestructible and fearless.

O tempora! O mores!



Cool. I remember that one, so researched the date- Sat. July 20, 1963, making me 7. My general memory is being in the family car, driving through the Naugatuck Valley, and my father pulling over so we could check it out. Trying to get sibling verification.


That date is consistent with my memory of that summer, partly in Maine and mostly in Lake George, NY. Maine was the only state in the totality path. I must have gotten almost 99% on Katahdin. It was eerie.


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PostPosted: 08/18/17 3:21 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

GlennMacGrady wrote:
Maine was the only state in the totality path


I think Alaska was a state in 1963



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PostPosted: 08/18/17 4:06 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

3-day out Rain map
http://www.wpc.ncep.noaa.gov/qpf/99qwbg.gif

Lots of info 1 page up from that, "Sky Cover" is wonky navigating watch the date, weird buttons and linking.
https://www.weather.gov/forecastmaps


Good luck everybody.


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PostPosted: 08/19/17 2:58 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

I decided to post this from my thread on the WNBA page:

"Meanwhile, as the saying goes, when the going gets tough (and man, have things been tough for me lately), the tough get going. So go I shall. Up to Idaho tomorrow to see the eclipse. 15 hours of driving for 2 minutes of blissful darkness and a lifetime of memories (well maybe 15-20 years of memories, as I'm already in my 60's). Still, there are really very few truly once-in-a-lifetime experiences, and even if it is just a matter of the moon blocking out the sun for a moment, I think of how people must have thought a thousand years ago when they didn't know it was going to happen. It is truly an amazing happenstance."


I will be driving up from Carson City tomorrow and staying outside of Boise tomorrow. (hotel $350). Then a 50 mile drive north to the wilderness for a perfect view. Some friends think I'm crazy, but I still remember where I was for the partial eclipse in 1963. My music for the event includes Bonnie Tyler, "Total Eclipse of the Heart" and Cat Stevens, "Moon Shadow". If it was longer I would even throw in The Walker Bros, :The Sun Ain't Gonna Shine Anymore" (Any other suggestions?)

I'm not a big nature buff, but the true majesty of nature you see when you look at the mountains or the oceans or the grand canyon can help to make your issues more manageable, and the forces involved in a solar eclipse are several magnitudes greater. If that doesn't put an individuals problems in perspective, I don't know what can.


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