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    Cool Eclipse - totally worth it!



    Me and my family just came back from our first total eclipse. Was one and half minute show worth all the trouble and money? - absolutely! .

    I could not managed to book anything in the path of totality. So, we flew on Sunday to Portland and stayed in Tigard overnight. For a couple of weeks before the trip I had jitters warring about British Colombia fires; millions of tourists which according to the media should have crushed telephone service, local roadways, and send all Oregon to total chaos; and clouds, tons of clouds. Waitress at the local restaurant did not help either: "you will never make it in time. You should leave now (7 pm on Sunday) or all spots will be taken". At the end we decided to stick to our original plan: leave hotel at 6 am for 40 miles trip south to Salem. If at 6 am there will be mad house on freeway - it is not worth it.

    Luckily there was no mad house. Normal traffic on freeway and business as usual at Salem. At 7 am we arrived to an empty parking lot of Target store, relieved but also a bit disappointed. After morning coffee and some school shopping at Target we were ready! Still no tourists elbowing for a viewing spot... Beside a nice family from California parked next to us and a few observers here and there, the parking lot was largely empty.

    The weather could not be nicer. On Sunday I was scarred by high clouds, but on Monday we waked up to the clear skies. We had a nice relaxing time observing moon onset with solar glasses

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    and than finally the moment! For our first total eclipse I decided to go low tech, not even binoculars, but was a bit apprehensive. No worries! Totality was magnificent even with naked eye. Corona was massive. In fact I was surprised how large it appears to the naked eye, with intricate structure and long streamers. Here is a phone capture, which does not do the justice, but I did not want more sophisticated technology to take away from the moment.

    eclipse2.jpg

    It was also fun to compare our personal experience to the reading. I was a bit skeptical, but it did get noticeably cooler. However, despite what I read we did not get the "night experience". It was more like twilight, with dark blue sky, and just a few bright stars visible. No crickets or other night life sounds coming around.

    A few flitting moments and Baily's beads appeared on the other side of moon's disk. Glasses back on and the magic is over.
    Some other observers jumped to their cars and left. We stayed and savored Moon sliding off the sun for another hour.

    When we left around noon all roads leading to Portland were already jammed. 60 miles drive to Portland airport took us about 6 hours, just enough time to catch our flight back to San Diego. Even though we crawled all the way in, it was like your typical day in Los Angeles, but the traffic was more civilized. Due to GPS desire to save us a minute or two we took some back roads and enjoyed Oregon forests and grasslands, Columbia river and Portland skyline at pretty much walking pace. We even met some local folks at pit stops in little towns.

    It was our first visit to Oregon and we fell in love with it. Occasion could not be better. We already started planing our trip for April 8, 2024.

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    Great report!! I wish you could have joined us here in Kentucky but maybe we can hook up in 2024. I will have to do a little traveling for that one though. But since you will too, perhaps it can be to the same destination.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ozman13 View Post
    Great report!! I wish you could have joined us here in Kentucky but maybe we can hook up in 2024. I will have to do a little traveling for that one though. But since you will too, perhaps it can be to the same destination.
    Thanks Oz! Count me in. What state are you thinking?
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    Well Indiana is closest to me. But I've got invitations from Richard in Texas and Ram in New York, both were at my house this time and both live along the path. I would like to do both, but obviously can't. Both are SUPER guys that I really enjoyed hosting and would like to see again. But Ram brought his family and my wife really likes his wife and daughters. It's good to have choices, but like I said, both are great guys. Only time will tell right now I guess, but we have less than seven years to decide.
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    Yes, and I'm happy to extend the invitation to anyone who wishes to join us. I think a lot will depend on the weather forecast - I wouldn't want (anyone) to miss totality because the weather messed with us and it could snow here in April! But you guys are definitely welcome.

    I'm thinking of going to Peru for 2019 or 2020... but we'll see. 2020 would be better since it's in the summer.

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    Default Re: Eclipse - totally worth it!

    Great report Andrey! I almost missed it as this subforum's threads do not show up in the new posts query!

    I enjoyed your write-up and the pics. Congrats on witnessing totality and for making the trip to Oregon! Well done, my friend!
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    Great report Bigz!
    I am glad you got to experience totality. Great pic with the darkness around you.
    I also love the picture of you and yours.
    It was a great day! :-)
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    Great report, Andrey! Nice to see and hear a "naked eye" perspective

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    Quote Originally Posted by bladekeeper View Post
    Great report Andrey! I almost missed it as this subforum's threads do not show up in the new posts query!

    I enjoyed your write-up and the pics. Congrats on witnessing totality and for making the trip to Oregon! Well done, my friend!
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    Great report Bigz!
    I am glad you got to experience totality. Great pic with the darkness around you.
    I also love the picture of you and yours.
    It was a great day! :-)
    Thanks guys! It was very memorable trip we will be reliving our memories for years.
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    Quote Originally Posted by combat48 View Post
    Great report, Andrey! Nice to see and hear a "naked eye" perspective

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    Thanks Dave! Naked eye was plenty!

 

 
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