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Eclipse 2017 - August 21st - where will you watch from?

Are you traveling to see it?
4 years ago, June 24th 2017 No: 1 Msg: #201457  
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Are you traveling to see it? Any big plans?

I'm super excited for this eclipse, I get to take my 4 year old daughter to see the event, and due to our location plan to just drive south 40 miles early in the morning. Just have to find a park with plenty of parking somewhere near Salem, OR

Tips, hints, ideas?

Nasa's 2017 Eclipse Site

[Edited: 2017 Jun 24 01:16 - Ali:1 - embed video]
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4 years ago, June 27th 2017 No: 2 Msg: #201493  
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I'm planning to travel to see the eclipse. It will be the culmination of a week long road trip around Oregon. I plan to see it in Madaras.

For the tips and ideas, I found plenty in my research. The most important is the estimate that several million people will likely try to see it. Given the narrow range of totality, this means that every town along the path is, in effect, about to host a major festival with all the traffic headaches that implies. In the worst case scenario, police will turn people away miles from where totality happens. I'm also sure people's experience will vary.

Viewing the eclipse requires special glasses to filter the sun. Anywhere near the path their price will probably approach highway robbery. There are many sites selling them online.

A wonderfully obsessive eclipse watcher analyzed years of weather reports to work out the chance of clear weather along parts of the path: http://eclipsophile.com/americas-eclipse/ Reply to this

4 years ago, July 14th 2017 No: 3 Msg: #201704  
We will be out of the country traveling in Armenia at the time and will not be able to have this experience. We are eager to hear from all of you. Reply to this

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4 years ago, July 14th 2017 No: 5 Msg: #201710  
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I will be in Canada near the USA border on the 21st, so I will enjoy a 90% eclipse. Exciting! Reply to this

4 years ago, July 25th 2017 No: 6 Msg: #201833  
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The best article I've found on potential traffic. The short version is that most traffic planners are expecting the eclipse to have the same effect as a major festival in a small town. Local police will likely have specific advice close to the date.
https://www.space.com/37234-expect-solar-eclipse-traffic-jams.html Reply to this

4 years ago, August 1st 2017 No: 7 Msg: #201950  
Every time we think about missing this incredible event we are sad.

With that sad we will be on an amazing trip and will be having a great time with great people. Reply to this

4 years ago, August 2nd 2017 No: 8 Msg: #201956  
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This one is not the only one. There's another North American eclipse in only 7 years: https://eclipse.gsfc.nasa.gov/SEgoogle/SEgoogle2001/SE2024Apr08Tgoogle.html Reply to this

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4 years ago, August 5th 2017 No: 10 Msg: #201977  
I will be serving as a volunteer park ranger at Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument, Colorado, where we will host a special event. We will be in the 85% coverage area. Reply to this

4 years ago, August 8th 2017 No: 11 Msg: #202014  
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We're going to be staying in Portland, Oregon, and hoping to meet up with family near Albany that morning. All these reports about traffic are getting me nervous. Reply to this

4 years ago, August 9th 2017 No: 12 Msg: #202015  
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They worry me too. I ultimately paid $100 for a camping spot (yes, camping spot) on the center line just to not deal with the traffic. If someone within the path is willing to put you up Sunday night (even camp in their yard or sleep in their driveway) I would take them up on it.

Also, reconfirm all reservations for that weekend, including car rental. Reports of fraud are starting to trickle in.

Here's the latest: http://www.oregonlive.com/eclipse/2017/07/beware_this_oregon_solar_eclip.html Reply to this

4 years ago, August 9th 2017 No: 13 Msg: #202017  
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A real time tracking site for Oregon traffic, with route suggestions. Frightening stuff!
https://www.oregoneclipsetraffic.com/ Reply to this

4 years ago, August 9th 2017 No: 14 Msg: #202025  
We're hoping to get to somewhere between Bowling Green, Kentucky, and Nashville, Tennessee. Maybe a smaller town like White House. Hoping the drive from our campsite isn't too bad. Will be setting off at stupid o'clock in the hope of avoiding the worst of it. Reply to this

4 years ago, August 11th 2017 No: 15 Msg: #202040  
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The most detailed weather forecast I've found. NOAA scientists studied years of weather reports to estimate the odds of cloud cover across the entire eclipse path.
https://www.ncei.noaa.gov/news/ready-set-eclipse Reply to this

4 years ago, August 22nd 2017 No: 16 Msg: #202130  
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So who saw it? It was incredible from Madras. High clouds, but they burned off just in time. The wildfire smoke made for one of the best sunsets I've ever seen the night before too.

PS. Cheesy and predictable, but also totally appropriate:
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4 years ago, August 23rd 2017 No: 17 Msg: #202142  
We got to White House to see it. Amazing experience and everyone in town and people who travelled there who we met were so welcoming to us 2 Brits. Unforgettable! Traffic chaos only going back North but that didn't matter one bit. Reply to this

4 years ago, August 27th 2017 No: 18 Msg: #202169  
Love to see some photos. Reply to this

4 years ago, August 28th 2017 No: 19 Msg: #202186  
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Sadly, my pictures of totality are lousy. My poor camera does not have enough resolution even on the highest zoom. I shot the surrounding horizon instead, which shows dawn in every direction!
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