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Old 08-31-2017, 06:37 PM   #15
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We made a week-long trip of it. We started looking for a site in western Kentucky about six weeks ahead and quickly found we were too late. We figured we book outside the path and drive to a parking lot for the eclipse. Marie's persistence paid off when she found a small, new RV park near Eddyville, Ky about 2 miles off centerline and about half way between Greatest Eclipse and Greatest Duration, with a few sites available. They opened at the end of May and weren't well know. They are adjacent to Venture River Water Park, so Sunday we paid the $10 daily senior rate and floated around their lazy river all day. (Did I mention, retirement is clearly the best job I've ever had?) Monday we ducked in and out of the (Air Conditioned) Airstream and used our NASA $9 glasses until totality. I have to agree with nyvestysly, it was a great experience. The emotions in the RV park ran from kids crying, to more than a few "OMGs", to cheers and applause. We're in for April 2024! We may even book a little further in advance...

We capped it off with a couple of additional days in the Land Between the Lakes.

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Old 08-31-2017, 06:44 PM   #16
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We took our 19 foot SOB (the Trade Wind is currently missing all of its interior, one axle, and at least 12 feet of floor) from Calgary to the Sugarloaf campground in Cascade Lake State park (Idaho). Caught 100 seconds of totality and it was awesome. I took a 4 inch F/10 telescope and got some nice pictures of the eclipse as well as some good night sky shots.

My brother and his family met us down there and he also brought a bunch of gear. He followed the exposure recipe that got him every two percent of the partial eclipse and the diamond-ring as well as totality shots, but possibly the hardest one was a long exposure to get the reflected earth-shine on the moon. Way cool.

We're definitely looking at our options for 2024... should have the TW done by then

One thing that I did is to "borrow" two of the four 100W solar panels from the TW project for our current box, and man that helped out with our electricity situation. Sugarloaf is no-services, but the panels had our battery recharged by 11 AM every day.

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Old 08-31-2017, 07:46 PM   #17
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We decided to go to a local SC airport ( ) that threw together an eclipse party at the last minute. It was a three day affair, and they encourage campers since the place is immense. Without electricity it was too hot to camp so we took our "other shiny polished vehicle" (see pic).

I agree with the other posters that 100% Totality is worth the trip, it was truly a moving experience and we are already planning for the next one!
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Old 08-31-2017, 08:51 PM   #18
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Camped for 5 days just outside Hopkinsville KY. Reserved a parking spot at the Hopkinsville High School. Had a great place for shade and about 10 steps out into the full view of the Eclipse. One of the most exciting events for me.
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Old 09-01-2017, 11:25 AM   #19
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Tsunami, those are some wonderful pictures of totality! Thanks for posting. Joe
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Old 09-01-2017, 12:11 PM   #20
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You are welcome. Glad you enjoyed them.
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Old 09-01-2017, 12:38 PM   #21
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I took my welding helmet to work for the 90% viewing.
Many of the members in the KY WBCCI unit traveled to the Airstream campground in Crossville, Tennessee. Tennessee Cumberland Plateau Campground.
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Old 09-01-2017, 12:57 PM   #22
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My 2 younger brothers and I went to Ashland City, TN, Lock A Corps of Engineers CG. We got the last spot but it turned out to be very nice; paved pad with asphalt drive and right under 2 big trees for afternoon shade. It was on the Cumberland river so we even got in some fishing, very little catching.

Here's a low-def video of the totality (4 minutes for the entire video)

Below is a snapshot of the sun coming through the trees just before totality
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Old 09-01-2017, 02:11 PM   #23
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I stayed home and viewed using eclipse glasses I got a couple months ago. We had 84% coverage. It was interesting.
But my friends in South Carolina made an eclipse party out of it. One guy made a viewing plate using a lens on a card and tripod to another card with the image. The lens made the image much larger. Then they shot time lapse video of totality and how dark it got at their home. The Cicadas started chirping. They made projection shadows with their fingers making a tiny "O" and looking at the crescent image on the ground. Fun for young and old.
Next time, I'll make it.
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Old 09-03-2017, 10:49 AM   #24
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We were in the totality Zone just Inland from the coast of Oregon. Watched the eclipse with solar glasses. At full eclipse I could see a planet but my eyes could not adjust quickly enough to see stars. The quickly darkening event feels much like you are going to faint, which leaves some people feeling ill. I looked directly at the full eclipse, which look like a dark hole in a small cloud. Awesome experience that must be on everyone's bucket list.

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Old 09-03-2017, 11:00 AM   #25
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Drove from Coeur d'Alene to Donnelly ID. Took at least twice as long due to eclipse traffic. I have seen partial and annular eclipses before but the total eclipse was really magical. The campsite I stayed in was regular price, but there was one campground charging $1500 for 3 days, and full. Leaving the area also took at least twice as long due to traffic. No regrets.
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Old 09-12-2017, 01:10 PM   #26
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We went to Mt. Angel OR to Burnside Bob's (Dave and Sue) along with Unifreck (Ed and Jan). 100 seconds of totality and it was totally awesome. The 2024 one will go through Ohio. Jackson Center should put on an eclipse party. I would go.
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Old 09-18-2017, 08:02 PM   #27
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Was in Casper WY. FLY FISHING. Great day
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Old 09-18-2017, 08:39 PM   #28
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We were just inside the totality zone at home in St Louis, with 20 sec. blackout. But friends near Carbondale IL invited us to come down and park on their land so we could get 2:39 of totality. We rolled in the day before. Imagine our surprise when we pulled the trailer up next to the shed and he told us his uncle installed a 30 amp plug for his 5th wheel when he visits!

We laid white poster board on the ground under the trees to watch the dappled sunlight scatter crescents. The bonus was seeing huge crescents projected all over the house too.

It seemed like a bit of overkill, but we’re SOOOO glad we went. Simply spectacular! The eclipse, plus the 30 seconds immediately before and after were not to be missed!

Traffic on the way home was heavy but moved steady. We only had to slow down a couple times.

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