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Re: Solar Eclipse - August 21st Anyone planning a vacation for it?
« Reply #50 on: August 11, 2017, 01:17:33 PM »
My sister's house will get totality, but she's going on family vacation to FL.  WTF?

REALLY bad planning.

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Re: Solar Eclipse - August 21st Anyone planning a vacation for it?
« Reply #51 on: August 11, 2017, 01:23:36 PM »
My sister's house will get totality, but she's going on family vacation to FL.  WTF?

REALLY bad planning.

I guess she could rent out her house for a really good price.

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« Reply #52 on: August 11, 2017, 01:42:55 PM »
I'll be on my honeymoon and in Seattle the day of the eclipse. So I'll see 93% I think. We are flying out that night otherwise I would totally drive down to Oregon to see totality.

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« Reply #53 on: August 11, 2017, 03:04:18 PM »
My sister's house will get totality, but she's going on family vacation to FL.  WTF?

REALLY bad planning.

I guess she could rent out her house for a really good price.

I guess she just doesn't care.

I ought to mention how much she could rent it out for.  She's on the outskirts of Nashville, so I'm guessing that makes it extra popular since that's probably the most popular tourist spot in the path of totality. 

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« Reply #54 on: August 12, 2017, 05:47:18 AM »
I'm going to be camped on the AT hiking Standing Indian Mountain loop.

We plan to be very near by. Is it possible that the AT trail and the mountains will be crowded?

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« Reply #55 on: August 12, 2017, 10:47:23 AM »
It sounds awesome, I still remember one in the UK, must have been about 20 years ago.....

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« Reply #56 on: August 12, 2017, 11:07:43 AM »
My library got 1,000 pair of eclipse glasses to distribute. We have taken nothing but abuse because we limited them to one pair per person. Every teacher believed we should give them a class set, every person believed we should give them 6 or 8 for their family. Now that we have run out we are still receiving 15-20 phone calls per hour asking about them, and that number goes up daily. Our city will see only 80% obscuration. I am much less excited than I was a few months ago!

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« Reply #57 on: August 12, 2017, 12:30:38 PM »
I'm going to be camped on the AT hiking Standing Indian Mountain loop.

We plan to be very near by. Is it possible that the AT trail and the mountains will be crowded?

It's going to be crowded.   The Smokies will be the worst.   I'm parking Saturday and hiking in 20 miles to my spot.  The roads will be full.
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Re: Solar Eclipse - August 21st Anyone planning a vacation for it?
« Reply #58 on: August 13, 2017, 05:14:09 AM »
I live in the path of totality. Several friends are coming to visit. This group gets together every summer, but we chose this weekend and my place specifically for the eclipse.


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Re: Solar Eclipse - August 21st Anyone planning a vacation for it?
« Reply #59 on: August 13, 2017, 11:47:38 AM »
I just got my glasses - from the museum (they have free street parking on Sundays).
The libraries will have some for free - but won't give them out until the 21st.

I'm in southern WI.  I will drive south the morning of the 21st.  I'll stop for an early lunch and then find a parking spot when the eclipse starts or the traffic gets on my nerves.  I figure I'll be in south-central iLL, for very near to totality.

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« Reply #60 on: August 14, 2017, 10:33:46 AM »
I'm going to be camped on the AT hiking Standing Indian Mountain loop.

We plan to be very near by. Is it possible that the AT trail and the mountains will be crowded?

It's going to be crowded.   The Smokies will be the worst.   I'm parking Saturday and hiking in 20 miles to my spot.  The roads will be full.

The Smokies are a bad bet for the eclipse.  They're called the Smokies because all the humidity in the South in the summer goes up the mountains and condenses as fog and mist.  I spent a few days hiking there in the summer several years ago and never saw the sun once.  When I drove home, the minute I got out of the mountains it was clear as a bell. 

I'm planning to watch from the edge of the Cumberland Plateau.
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« Reply #61 on: August 14, 2017, 11:12:27 AM »
Am I the only one that would be worried about planning a significant trip for this, to see something that is at its peak for about 2 minutes, when the weather is so unpredictable in the summer? I love science and astronomy very much, and will watch the partial eclipse from where I am, but I don't just don't really get the allure of going significantly out of my way to see totality. If you've got friends to stay with or other things to do, that's cool, but I'd hesitate travelling for hours based on something that could be ruined by something as simple a few big puffy clouds, never mind storms, on an otherwise nice day...

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« Reply #62 on: August 14, 2017, 11:23:31 AM »
Am I the only one that would be worried about planning a significant trip for this, to see something that is at its peak for about 2 minutes, when the weather is so unpredictable in the summer? I love science and astronomy very much, and will watch the partial eclipse from where I am, but I don't just don't really get the allure of going significantly out of my way to see totality. If you've got friends to stay with or other things to do, that's cool, but I'd hesitate travelling for hours based on something that could be ruined by something as simple a few big puffy clouds, never mind storms, on an otherwise nice day...

I'm worried too, which is why I'm deciding where to go a day or two in advance, from the Charlotte NC area.

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« Reply #63 on: August 14, 2017, 11:50:43 AM »
I'm planning to see it. Going to Myrtle beach which is not in totality, but can drive 50 miles south to within totality. So we will take a day trip south for totality, but otherwise enjoy the amenities.
As far as the planning and cost, the only eclipse I've seen was a partial one when I was a kid, and there was a huge amount of excitement for that, and I remember at the time, someone saying that it wouldn't be for like another 50 years before another one. And thinking I would def try to catch it next time. Yes, the weather may spoil it but it is worth the attempt and I'm not spending thousands on a trip to view it.

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« Reply #64 on: August 14, 2017, 01:56:10 PM »
I'm in the 98% totality area. I am leaving work early and pulling my kids out of school. We are having a mini solar eclipse party with some friends in a park near us.

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Re: Solar Eclipse - August 21st Anyone planning a vacation for it?
« Reply #65 on: August 14, 2017, 01:56:34 PM »
Am I the only one that would be worried about planning a significant trip for this, to see something that is at its peak for about 2 minutes, when the weather is so unpredictable in the summer? I love science and astronomy very much, and will watch the partial eclipse from where I am, but I don't just don't really get the allure of going significantly out of my way to see totality. If you've got friends to stay with or other things to do, that's cool, but I'd hesitate travelling for hours based on something that could be ruined by something as simple a few big puffy clouds, never mind storms, on an otherwise nice day...

That's why I decided to make it a hiking + camping trip. If I can't see the eclipse... well, I'll be disappointed, but I won't be driving hours to do *only* that. There are definitely people who seem to be driving hours just to see something that only lasts a few minutes. Not worth it to me.
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« Reply #66 on: August 15, 2017, 10:50:55 AM »
Just a little heads up for anyone interested.  There are still campsites available (20X20 & 20X40) in Madras Oregon at the airport.  They opened up 1,500 spots in April and I just booked one today.  Madras is in the dead center of totality.  I paid about $160 for my 20X40 Spot (we are bringing a tent trailer).  Hope to see some of you there!

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Re: Solar Eclipse - August 21st Anyone planning a vacation for it?
« Reply #67 on: August 15, 2017, 11:37:00 AM »
My house is just out of the totality band, totality at my office for 43 seconds.  I don't really care about it much at all though.

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« Reply #68 on: August 15, 2017, 01:10:52 PM »
Just a little heads up for anyone interested.  There are still campsites available (20X20 & 20X40) in Madras Oregon at the airport.  They opened up 1,500 spots in April and I just booked one today.  Madras is in the dead center of totality.  I paid about $160 for my 20X40 Spot (we are bringing a tent trailer).  Hope to see some of you there!
Purchased Daytripper parking at Madras Airport last night! We'll be driving from Eugene on Sunday and heading out to Vancouver, WA after the eclipse! This will be my first total solar eclipse, but I'm already making plans to be in Texas in Monday 8 April 2024 (DW's sister is in the path). I don't know where the earlier poster got info, but Texas will see maximum eclispe about 1:30 pm. 2024 will have longer totality (3.5 minutes at DW's sister's place, but that's still quite a ways from the centerline), so I'm thinking of this eclipse as a preview.

For the person who thought making an eclipse part of a vacation - Austraila will get a nice long eclipse in 2028 - path goes right through Sydney, but other side of the continent gets the eclipse closer to midday. We'll see if we make plans to go there.

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Re: Solar Eclipse - August 21st Anyone planning a vacation for it?
« Reply #69 on: August 15, 2017, 01:12:07 PM »
My son is driving to Missouri for the festivities.  I remember seeing a total eclipse as a kid during the early 1980s.  I looked at it through a welder's helmet.

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« Reply #70 on: August 15, 2017, 01:19:43 PM »
Where I live we will get 58% coverage I think, should still be pretty cool. I'd love to see a full eclipse but I don't think I'd go too far out of my way for it, and this year it wasn't really possible by the time I found out about it. I did see the lunar eclipse last time that happened here, that was neat too.

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« Reply #71 on: August 15, 2017, 01:35:33 PM »
I remember seeing a total eclipse as a kid during the early 1980s.  I looked at it through a welder's helmet.
Perhaps 26 Feb 1979?

At the time I think welder's glass was thought to be dark enough, but generaly that's not considered safe today.

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« Reply #72 on: August 15, 2017, 07:44:38 PM »
I plan to see the totality somewhere remote in Idaho on my way to Canada, since I'll be nearby anyhow.  Should be a unique experience!
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« Reply #73 on: August 16, 2017, 03:21:44 PM »
In my area (in the totality zone), they're scaring the hell out of people about the impending doom of traffic. They might as well call it carmageddon....saying it's going to take 6 hours to get somewhere that normally takes 20 minutes.

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« Reply #74 on: August 16, 2017, 03:40:00 PM »
FYI that if you have some spare eclipse glasses (because you bullied your local library into providing them) you can sell them on Ebay for a solid profit.

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« Reply #75 on: August 16, 2017, 04:13:02 PM »
In my area (in the totality zone), they're scaring the hell out of people about the impending doom of traffic. They might as well call it carmageddon....saying it's going to take 6 hours to get somewhere that normally takes 20 minutes.

They said the same thing to us in NW Washington leading up to the Vancouver olympics... hardly noticed.

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« Reply #76 on: August 16, 2017, 04:20:46 PM »
In my area (in the totality zone), they're scaring the hell out of people about the impending doom of traffic. They might as well call it carmageddon....saying it's going to take 6 hours to get somewhere that normally takes 20 minutes.

They said the same thing to us in NW Washington leading up to the Vancouver olympics... hardly noticed.

Good. That's what I'm hoping.