Anybody else going to see the eclipse?

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Anybody else going to see the eclipse?

Postby zippetydude » Sun Jul 30, 2017 3:49 pm

I've been looking forward to this for years, and at last it comes...August 21st! It's not real far (as in Oregon) and it's due to have just over 2 minutes of totality. I can't wait. Is anyone else going up to see it? I'll be flying to Oakland and then driving up to Madras (or, if that's too crowded, I have back-up plans for going farther east). This is going to be such an amazing thing, I hope some of you other outdoor enthusiasts will have a chance to go see it!

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Re: Anybody else going to see the eclipse?

Postby Myth » Sun Jul 30, 2017 5:55 pm

Me! I am! Just got back from a scouting trip for good locations.

Learned all about the current Mormon cricket plague in Idaho/east Oregon ... ick.
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Re: Anybody else going to see the eclipse?

Postby zippetydude » Sun Jul 30, 2017 8:17 pm

In the (corrupted) words of Admiral David Farragut: "Damn the hordes of mosquitoes (which rhymes with torpedoes - more or less...and thereby implicates their fellow insect cousins the crickets by some wild stretch of my imagination) full speed ahead!"

That is perhaps the worst abuse of poetic license I have ever even considered, much less followed through with! That being said, I really hope you make it. I chose Madras because it is fairly far inland (reliable clear skies) and yet it is the obvious choice of those heading north, meaning I can always head northeast towards Mitchell and probably find miles and miles of open parking. Still, I would prefer to celebrate with thousands of other like minded souls, so I am hoping for Madras. Where are your thoughts leading you at this time?

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Re: Anybody else going to see the eclipse?

Postby Myth » Sun Jul 30, 2017 9:21 pm

My big fear is also overcast skies, which is why we're headed inland as well ... we will be monitoring the forecast closely as the day approaches! We've set aside Fri-Tues for this venture - driving up all the way from central California in a Wrangler, which will help us get to remote spots in a pinch, if the infernal flapping from the soft top doesn't drive us crazy first :lol:

Madras seems to be a good choice - and was one of the first places we've looked at. But fear of overcast skies kept pushing us east ... we thought about Malheur National Forest and surrounds, but we settled even further east, close to the Idaho border. Ontario, OR was a nice little town and there is a lot of possibility to check it all out around there. I can't wait! But I'm going to try to avoid crowds because I want to take a few photographs, and crowds forgetting to turn off the flash on their cameras would be a problem. I'm hoping to take a few pictures to share with my mother, who witnessed an eclipse on the family farm back in my home country when she was very young, and whose stories of that experience stuck with me through life until now, finally, I have an opportunity to experience what she experienced. If it wasn't for wanting to share this experience with my mom I would just relax and watch it with whoever is around!

This is a rare opportunity for me to experience this. The only other total eclipse in the US that will be within my expected lifetime on the mainland is the 2024 one. I may try for that one too.

( I'll post a picture of those crickets later ... I'm not easily grossed out by bugs but that was the worst bug-related thing I've experienced to date. Oy. )
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Re: Anybody else going to see the eclipse?

Postby RichardK » Mon Jul 31, 2017 4:49 am

NASA has a road map that you can zoom in on to help find observing spots here:

https://eclipse2017.nasa.gov/sites/defa ... index.html

Cloud cover charts are here:

http://www.eclipse2017.org/2017/weather/2017_clouds.htm

My brother's house in Tennessee is on the center line. We will watch from his yard.
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Re: Anybody else going to see the eclipse?

Postby drndr » Mon Jul 31, 2017 9:13 am

I have been planning to go for a year. I have a cousin who lives near Madras in a private community on Lake Billy Chinook. He cancelled our trip/family reunion due to fears of too many people. The community doesn't think they can handle all the eclipse seekers who will be coming from the coast for better visability. Fire danger from campers, lack of services, small roads, etc.

I'm thinking now maybe going straight up the 15 freeway to the area around Idaho Falls. Maybe the 15 could handle the traffic better. But now I wont have a free place to stay. And the rest of my gang is now on the fence. They aren't campers.

But I want to see this thing!!!

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