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Bruce H 07-22-2017 10:17 AM

Anyone Traveling to See the Eclipse?
Just wondered. I will be in Utah at the Bonneville Salt Flats "Speed Week" the week before. Plan to study the weather forecasts and intercept it somewhere between Idaho and Missouri.

Byron Kinnaman 07-22-2017 10:29 AM

I'll be able to see it from my front yard. No need to join the congestion on the roads.

The Minimalist 07-22-2017 11:08 AM

Originally I was going to camp at Land Between the Lakes, but as we will be on the Oregon coast for the eclipse. Not camping; flying.

Jack L 07-22-2017 11:09 AM

I just returned from Idaho 2 days ago. We visited a relative of mine who lives just 5 miles from the path of totality. Traffic, portable toilets, food supplies and crowd control are all major concerns. The locals are anticipating huge problems and high prices. I'm not sure it's worth the hassle for an event that lasts less than 3 minutes.

Harvey 07-22-2017 11:14 AM

Had planned to be on BLM land in or near Sand Draw, WY but my health has prevented us from traveling. Guess we'll see 80% or so from home if it ain't cloudy. Otherwise it'll just get mostly dark for a little while... :pth

Mike Magee 07-22-2017 11:15 AM

Thinking about it. It's about a 5 hour drive to the (closest intercept) St. Joseph, KS area. I would prefer to camp the night before, but it might be dicey finding a campsite. Places are filling up fast, I heard.

DougOlson 07-22-2017 11:18 AM

I snagged a site at Farewell Bend SRA on the Snake River on Oregon when they opened reservations last November. I heard all OR state park sites were gone in a few minutes.

The Minimalist 07-22-2017 03:25 PM

With the high demand for sites for the 3 minute event, this might be one for the WalMart parking lot.

JBB 07-22-2017 08:02 PM


Originally Posted by Byron Kinnaman (Post 651751)
I'll be able to see it from my front yard. No need to join the congestion on the roads.

Same here! Don't need to go anywhere but see it from our house. :)

Glenn Baglo 07-22-2017 08:39 PM

I'm sure it will be on TV.

jen b 07-22-2017 08:43 PM

I've got a reserved free-of-charge campsite in a friend's farm pasture right outside Columbia SC, an all-day drive from home. Amenities include an extension cord, bathroom access in the house, and some goats to snuggle.

Gilda 07-22-2017 09:22 PM

Harvest Hosts at lists possible places to stay overnight. HH is a club which pairs people who have self-contained RVs (and trailers) with hosts sho are vintners, farmers and other assorted folk. It's very interesting to see how they mapped out places in which to stay in the path of the eclipse.

Kai in Seattle 07-23-2017 10:25 AM

In Oregon, we saw a total solar eclipse in 1977 (or thereabouts). It was a brief event. We had a special viewer, which took some fiddling--practice with yours if you have one (maybe they're more user-friendly now).

Having experienced one, and having been notified by the Oregon State Parks that they've been fully booked and fully standby booked for half a year, with only boondocking and private lands left (but also very full and locals worrying about food, trash, and toileting issues), I'm leaving the space and provisions in the path for those who feel they really need to see this one. We'll catch it online, no doubt.

Not like it's one to a customer, but more like since we've already seen "our" total solar eclipse, we're standing back and letting someone else have a turn.

You're welcome.

the pug girls who don't know from eclipses.

Glenn Baglo 07-23-2017 11:14 AM

Or, you could just close your eyes. :D

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