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Re: Eclipse Chasers 2017
« Reply #50 on: June 30, 2017, 05:42:48 PM »
Oh, follow up point for why Oregon is freaking out about so many people. Pointed out by my friend who works in forestry. Wildfires. Some of our biggest wildfires are manmade, generally run away campfires. Tourism, especially to camping spots? Especially people who don't normally camp? Worrisome. Especially since we had a wet spring, and now a very hot summer, which means- a large biomass of small ground covers grew, and then dried out. For the valley, and the high cascades that still have some moisture, it isn't too grim, but eastern oregon is ripe for a rough wild fire season.

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I think the population centers theory is right, coupled with two things: 1, I5 is the only way in and out of the majority of Oregon from N/S. Even if you want to go east, you generally have to take I5 then cut over once you're in the state proper. 2, there aren't many of us and we aren't set up for that much tourism. Especially the areas in the path, tend to be small towns (except Salem, and it's definitely not a tourism hub, LOL). ...snip....

For the era of Google Maps,  US-395 is a great way to get to central Oregon from the south and avoid the I-5 madness.  A pretty drive from California. 
There is not the vast populations north on US-395 (Tri-Cities- my spot, Spokane), but someone from Seattle/Vancouver BC could drive I-90, I-84, US-395 and also avoid some of the same issues.

Why Central Oregon?  a) more likely better weather, b) more space.

Which dovetails nicely with this point- anyone who comes to Eastern Oregon will be camping (there's like 9 hotel rooms in the entire half of the state ;) lol), so PLEASE be smart about fires! Dead out, 5 gals water, what whole thing =)

Was camping in central Oregon some years ago, at a state campground. We found we we arrived that our fire pit still had live coals in it. We started them right up to cook supper, then, feeling morally superior, doused and stirred and doused and stirred until we were sure they were out. At three or so that morning we woke up, looked over, and saw a cheerful fire burning in the pit. It had rekindled itself. We watched the Perseids for a while, then doused again and stirred and doused some more. The next morning we were still able to rekindle the fire from live coals. It had gone into the ground. We spend quite some time with it before we left.  So yes, five gallons, sometimes more.

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Re: Eclipse Chasers 2017
« Reply #51 on: June 30, 2017, 07:00:14 PM »
I'm looking forward to the eclipse.  I'll be joining friends who are part of an astronomy club so expect to be able to get oggle via someone else's equipment.

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Re: Eclipse Chasers 2017
« Reply #52 on: June 30, 2017, 07:13:49 PM »
We planned an eclipse party with friends several years ago when surfing an eclipse predictor website. We're traveling 5 hours to get a shot at totality if weather permits.  My wife just finished an astrophysics masters course and is seriously stoked.

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« Reply #53 on: June 30, 2017, 08:57:34 PM »
Oh, follow up point for why Oregon is freaking out about so many people. Pointed out by my friend who works in forestry. Wildfires. Some of our biggest wildfires are manmade, generally run away campfires. Tourism, especially to camping spots? Especially people who don't normally camp? Worrisome. Especially since we had a wet spring, and now a very hot summer, which means- a large biomass of small ground covers grew, and then dried out. For the valley, and the high cascades that still have some moisture, it isn't too grim, but eastern oregon is ripe for a rough wild fire season.

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I think the population centers theory is right, coupled with two things: 1, I5 is the only way in and out of the majority of Oregon from N/S. Even if you want to go east, you generally have to take I5 then cut over once you're in the state proper. 2, there aren't many of us and we aren't set up for that much tourism. Especially the areas in the path, tend to be small towns (except Salem, and it's definitely not a tourism hub, LOL). ...snip....

For the era of Google Maps,  US-395 is a great way to get to central Oregon from the south and avoid the I-5 madness.  A pretty drive from California. 
There is not the vast populations north on US-395 (Tri-Cities- my spot, Spokane), but someone from Seattle/Vancouver BC could drive I-90, I-84, US-395 and also avoid some of the same issues.

Why Central Oregon?  a) more likely better weather, b) more space.

Which dovetails nicely with this point- anyone who comes to Eastern Oregon will be camping (there's like 9 hotel rooms in the entire half of the state ;) lol), so PLEASE be smart about fires! Dead out, 5 gals water, what whole thing =)

Was camping in central Oregon some years ago, at a state campground. We found we we arrived that our fire pit still had live coals in it. We started them right up to cook supper, then, feeling morally superior, doused and stirred and doused and stirred until we were sure they were out. At three or so that morning we woke up, looked over, and saw a cheerful fire burning in the pit. It had rekindled itself. We watched the Perseids for a while, then doused again and stirred and doused some more. The next morning we were still able to rekindle the fire from live coals. It had gone into the ground. We spend quite some time with it before we left.  So yes, five gallons, sometimes more.

Some of our hard woods are just SO bad about that. Particularly something like Ironwood. We had an ironwood log in a burn pile smoke slowly for literally over a month at my parent's place when I was a teen. Insanely dense wood just does NOT go out when the fire gets deep inside it.

(Looking it up... apparently Ironwood doesn't refer to a specific tree, it's a colloquialism to a lot of places. So no idea on species there!)
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Re: Eclipse Chasers 2017
« Reply #54 on: July 06, 2017, 07:52:26 PM »
Heading to Charleston to see it - about a 6 hour drive. Spend the weekend and see a bit of the city, see the eclipse, and drive home. Hopefully my uncle from the Netherlands will join us. He is quite a fan, apparently, of eclipses, and will fly in a day or so in advance and join us in Charleston and head out Monday afternoon as well.

Booked my room a while back - I don't think there is much left in the city.

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Re: Eclipse Chasers 2017
« Reply #55 on: July 06, 2017, 07:58:01 PM »
We will be observing from a park Near Highlands NC.   Looking forward to it!

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Re: Eclipse Chasers 2017
« Reply #56 on: July 06, 2017, 08:07:21 PM »
The Moore Foundation is giving away millions of sunglasses to 4,800 libraries around the country. I inquired today at my local branch and they said they would start handing them out in August. YMMV.

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Re: Eclipse Chasers 2017
« Reply #57 on: July 06, 2017, 10:18:39 PM »
Observing from somewhere Salem outskirts- likely an Oregon vineyard - am I wishful thinking???  Probably all sold out or $$$?
Maybe I will just go to a neighborhood area bluff and bring my own wine and pretzels.

Anyone want to join me for a MMM mid-Willamette Valley eclipse meet-up? 
I arrived late to the party, but am a quick study.

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« Reply #58 on: July 16, 2017, 06:10:46 PM »
I'm in western Colorado and we have already been studying maps of some remote locations in central Wyoming to see the eclipse from. We have a 4x4 truck to drive some offroad areas. We are going to camp for a few days on this trip.

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Re: Eclipse Chasers 2017
« Reply #59 on: July 16, 2017, 10:25:17 PM »
I live in New England but have plans to be in Monmouth, Oregon, for the eclipse. Arriving Sunday night and spending the night with friends. I agree the traffic Monday morning is likely to be a nightmare. Especially since Portland is not in the path of totality, but is "only" an hour away from Salem, which is in the path. I bet lots of people are going to try to make that drive the morning of, which will probably result in gridlock. Hotel rooms in the path have been sold out for months, if not years.
OoOooOoOh that Monmouth, OR looks pretty good. Are you familiar with the town? What do you reckon my chances of scoring a parking spot are?

I have some friends who have been planning their trip to Monmouth for this eclipse for over a year.  They literally made their Airbnb booking over a year ago!

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Re: Eclipse Chasers 2017
« Reply #60 on: July 17, 2017, 11:12:26 AM »
We'll be driving up to St. Joseph, MO. The airport there is hosting an event. Fingers crossed for clear skies, but I bet it's going to be a scorcher.

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Re: Eclipse Chasers 2017
« Reply #61 on: July 17, 2017, 07:53:54 PM »
we'll be driving to Oregon from Seattle.  we booked a hotel (back in February) for the night before and Eugene was the closest we could get to our target of Madras.  i'm thinking we'll need to skip the hotel and get into position somewhere in the state overnight, depending on which roads are passable.  i'm concerned I-5 will be a parking lot and there will be lines for gas.

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Re: Eclipse Chasers 2017
« Reply #62 on: July 18, 2017, 07:06:57 AM »
we'll be driving to Oregon from Seattle.  we booked a hotel (back in February) for the night before and Eugene was the closest we could get to our target of Madras.  i'm thinking we'll need to skip the hotel and get into position somewhere in the state overnight, depending on which roads are passable.  i'm concerned I-5 will be a parking lot and there will be lines for gas.

Oh god I didn't even THINK about the gas. Since we can't pump our own, lines for gas are longer as a rule, and hours are more limited. =\ So many of our back highways are just 1 lane each direction with no shoulder/center that it would take just one person running out of gas to muck it up for hours.
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Re: Eclipse Chasers 2017
« Reply #63 on: July 18, 2017, 11:22:38 AM »
I'm planning on driving from near Philadelphia to somewhere in Kentucky in the vicinity of Paducah right now. Looking at a 13 hour drive each way. Hoping some of my friends can go but I suspect it may be just me.

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« Reply #64 on: July 18, 2017, 12:07:26 PM »
We are also headed near Paducah, KY with final viewing location TBD.  We have some family near Cincinnati, so it's a short trip from there.  Hopefully they will join us. 

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Re: Eclipse Chasers 2017
« Reply #65 on: July 18, 2017, 12:58:27 PM »
Just booked my flight! I already had a business trip to Atlanta planned for the prior week, and my parents' home in Greensville, SC is right in the path of totally. So, I get some work done, a family vacation, and a wonder of the universe--not too shabby!

Question for those on the board: anybody going to be viewing with my small kids?  My son is 4 and I'm really looking forward to sharing this with him. Obviously, emphasizing the glasses is a must.  Aside from the Smarter Every Day video in the OP, any other good eclipse videos aimed at kids?

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Re: Eclipse Chasers 2017
« Reply #66 on: July 18, 2017, 01:13:35 PM »
I live just north of Nashville, which is right in the path.  They are closing school that day, and I decided to take a vacation day so I can watch it with the kids.  FIL has bought a bunch of glasses.

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Re: Eclipse Chasers 2017
« Reply #67 on: July 19, 2017, 06:05:06 PM »
I am taking the day off work and driving up to Glendo State Park (WY) from Denver.  (PM me if anyone is interested in sharing a ride - plan to leave early AM and drive back after lunch).  -Ap

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« Reply #68 on: July 19, 2017, 08:01:59 PM »
I am going to central Oregon!  Have some camp space available if anyone wants to join ($500 divided by up to 16 people).

Wrote up some tips on my blog...

https://thehotflashpacker.com/total-eclipse-2017/


Edited 7/24:  I think we're full, but PM me if you want to check for sure.
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Re: Eclipse Chasers 2017
« Reply #69 on: July 19, 2017, 08:07:23 PM »
I will be in Jackson, WY for the eclipse.

Plans are to go east or west in case Jackson has overcast skies.

I am using this opportunity to also see Grand Tetons and Yellowstone ;-)

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Re: Eclipse Chasers 2017
« Reply #70 on: July 19, 2017, 09:36:50 PM »
I am going to central Oregon!  Have some camp space available if anyone wants to join ($500 divided by up to 16 people).

Wrote up some tips on my blog...

https://thehotflashpacker.com/total-eclipse-2017/
I want to join you PM sent.

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« Reply #71 on: July 21, 2017, 05:53:45 AM »
We're driving to Nashville to see it. We're going to drive up Friday and spend the weekend visiting Mammoth Cave.

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« Reply #72 on: July 21, 2017, 07:17:40 AM »
I'll be driving to western KY to view! Fairly short drive for me, maybe 3 hours with normal traffic. I grew up in SE Michigan and saw a partial eclipse there in the 90's, if I remember it was very close to a total eclipse, but not quite.
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Re: Eclipse Chasers 2017
« Reply #73 on: July 21, 2017, 08:13:26 AM »
Well, poo.  SO got laid off last month (boo), and just got a job offer yesterday (yay) with a non-negotiable start date of August 21 (aw shit).  :(  Not sure I can/want to make that 9 hour drive (each way) myself, then go even further if clouds are rolling in.  Take some pictures for me, guys..!

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Re: Eclipse Chasers 2017
« Reply #74 on: July 21, 2017, 08:33:17 AM »
I was originally planning on going to Kentucky but I was looking at the path and realized going to SC would cut off over 200 miles each way.

Anyone know of a site that can help you find the closest point to your location?

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« Reply #75 on: July 21, 2017, 09:12:34 AM »
My family has been planning a 1300 mile (one-way) road trip to see the eclipse.  We have family in Idaho in the path of the total eclipse that we haven't visited since 2011.

We're showing up a few days ahead of time and may just end up holing up in their house and playing board games because it sounds like a shit ton of folks will be in town for the same reason.

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« Reply #76 on: July 21, 2017, 10:38:57 AM »
I was originally planning on going to Kentucky but I was looking at the path and realized going to SC would cut off over 200 miles each way.

Anyone know of a site that can help you find the closest point to your location?


google 2017 eclipse interactive map... several people have modified google maps to do this.


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Re: Eclipse Chasers 2017
« Reply #77 on: July 21, 2017, 01:48:50 PM »
Exactly one month from today!!!

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Re: Eclipse Chasers 2017
« Reply #78 on: July 22, 2017, 01:11:49 AM »
I was originally planning on going to Kentucky but I was looking at the path and realized going to SC would cut off over 200 miles each way.

Anyone know of a site that can help you find the closest point to your location?


google 2017 eclipse interactive map... several people have modified google maps to do this.
Also some very good maps here with turnout projections of people driving to see the eclipse.

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« Reply #79 on: July 22, 2017, 09:20:44 AM »
I was originally planning on going to Kentucky but I was looking at the path and realized going to SC would cut off over 200 miles each way.

Anyone know of a site that can help you find the closest point to your location?


google 2017 eclipse interactive map... several people have modified google maps to do this.
Also some very good maps here with turnout projections of people driving to see the eclipse.

Those are extremely awesome. I'm a map geek, and those made my day. Thanks for posting!