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Old 08-21-2016, 08:44 PM   #21
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It's on my calendar. My go to location will be Casper Wyoming. The eclipse there will be 146 seconds of total darkness starting at 11:43am on 8/21/17. http://www.eclipsecasper.com/

Plan to crash on DB's couch or at least pitch a tent in his backyard. (he doesn't know this yet.)
I'm looking seriously at Casper as well. Almost no rooms left in town already, for those of us without family in the area.
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If you've seen one eclipse, then you've seen them all. Haven't y'all seen these things before?
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If you've seen one eclipse, then you've seen them all. Haven't y'all seen these things before?
I have seen 2 or 3 near totals. I don;t know what the official percentage was though. I do remember it getting dark-ish, the temp dropping like a rock, and birds got real quiet. But of course, those were not **TOTAL**.

Since the total-zone is only an hour or so away if I am still around by then Yes I do want to see one. I've seen some people get almost killed before too but never actually killed right in front of me
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We have Son1's wedding at a Yosemite Lodge the weekend before; we'll see if we make it back home that quick--Gallatin TN is expected to have 2 2/3 minutes of totality and just 1/2 hour away. Thinking about maybe going out on a (likely-still-working) friend's boat to watch it from the lake.
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This is not for budget-minded folks, but there are many ways to pay to have it all done for you. And with this one, the professor is outstanding!

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I was planning a trip up to MO to see this until I discovered there would be another total eclipse in 2024: NASA - Total Solar Eclipse of 2024 Apr 08

Since the 2024 eclipse will pass over my house, I think I'll wait and plan on sitting on my deck to watch the event.
+1 .... this one is much closer to home. Total eclipse for about 2 minutes around 7:30 pm.

No total eclipse here for the 2017 eclipse, just a partial eclipse.
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I'm looking seriously at Casper as well. Almost no rooms left in town already, for those of us without family in the area.
Have you checked other towns like Douglas and Wheatland, and then drive an hour or so to Casper?
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I'll be 77 at the time, which is just a little above average - and I've always been above average...just a little.
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There was a partial solar eclipse at sunset a few years ago. I was sailing and had an almost unobstructed view of the horizon towards sunset over land. I had forgotten that there was supposed to be the eclipse and thought, "Wow, that big water tower has partially blocked the sunset. Looks cool."
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This thread gave me a flashback to 1970 and grammar school, we made pinhole projectors to view a major partial eclipse for a science project. Good memory.
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There are lots of places in the southeast to see it. Seems like if you really wanted to do it right, you'd have weather contingency plans. Start with the average cloud cover along the route for that time of year, pick a few spots, and the day before, pick your location. Do any of those eclipse sites have weather data?
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I just booked a hotel in Charleston as a backup.
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There are lots of places in the southeast to see it. Seems like if you really wanted to do it right, you'd have weather contingency plans. Start with the average cloud cover along the route for that time of year, pick a few spots, and the day before, pick your location. Do any of those eclipse sites have weather data?
As a matter of fact, there's a site devoted to the subject.

Prospects for the southeast are the worst along the track, although statistically it clears up as you get near the SC coast. But as you say, one must keep a weather eye out in the days leading up to the event and be ready to adjust accordingly.

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Total Solar Eclipse: Oregon | CAA

Wow. We will drive about 6 minutes south of home to the totality line. Maybe park in a little hilltop cemetery about 100 yards south of the line. Probably will have breakfast, lunch and dinner, likely will have wine or mixed drinks. Granted, it's not Sunriver and I'm not Professor Whosiwhatsis, but $2900/each? Think of the money we're saving!

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I live about 6.5 miles from the Garden of the Gods in southern Illinois. We are having an eclipse party. It's a great excuse to get the kids and other family together.
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Y'all come on down to Charleston, I got plenty of tent space in the yard!
Sengsational, you are overdue for some tent time--no cushy RV this time!
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Another useful link (hope I'm not duplicating earlier information)

NASA - Total Solar Eclipse of 2017 Aug 21

I suspect DW and I will be out in the Airstream somewhere to participate. Don't know yet if we'll be somewhere in the southeast (perhaps Charleston) or somewhere in the center of the country. The center of the country may give us more options if we find ourselves needing a "plan B" -desiring better (less cloudy) weather conditions.
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I booked a week at a 3-bedroom cottage lake-side at Land-Between-The-Lakes (we live in KY) to accommodate my DH & I, our daughter, her husband, their 3-yr-old, the 2 step-grandsons (assuming they are available. One is in college and the other just enlisted in the marines) and my grown but unmarried son. We will be right in the path of 100% totality and we are praying for a clear day. Our daughter and her husband also have a ski boat and kayaks (and possibly jet ski) so we should be set for a fun and interesting week.
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