I did not experience the solar eclipse, but I am content with the strange sorta kinda dimness that I thought I was the eclipse. We do not live in the pathway and we hadn’t considered making the seven hour drive to witness the two minutes.
I did experience some type of eclipse in college during the eighties, can’t remember what type. I do remember a group of us signed up for an adventure excursion trip. We jumped into a van and drovehalf a day with no real plan. At the eclipse approached someone in the van yelled, “Pull over here!” We stopped at the top of a hill overlooking a vineyard. Slowly it grew dusk, cars on the ribbon of highway below began turning on headlights, but none stopped driving. A dim shadow quavered through the vineyard momentarily transforming it into an Ansel Adams time lapse print of grey landscape tones. Quite surreal.
This time around, I missed out due to being preoccupied with my mending broken wrist. I did virtually share the wonder of the event through NASA.gov with millions of other non-pathers and was genuinely happy for the crowds. Maybe next time I’ll plan it better. For now I’ll be humming Donovan:
The Perfect Eclipse Tune
How was solar eclipse experience?
I missed it too. Sorry about your wrist! (Love the old Donovan tune, btw.)
Isn’t Donovan perfect for the event? Thanks for the good wishes…
I technically saw the eclipse, but it was so cloudy where I was in Iowa that it was difficult! Still happy that I had the experience, though. I vaguely remember seeing one, although I don’t remember what kind, when I was little – maybe 6 or 7?
In New Jersey, it didn’t get as dark as I hoped it would. It was also kinda cloudy.
I was, however, the hero of the office, for I was the only one in the department to plan ahead and make an eclipse viewer out of a box of Life cereal. So my colleagues and had a good time shirking work, laughing, gossiping, and taking turns staring into a box like a bunch of dorks. It was a good day.
I almost made one of those cereal box viewers but I think the Hubs would have been miffed at me dumping out his shredded wheats to do so. I will plan better for the next one. Specs and box and have the cereal as a ready snack.
there ya go. Plan for the (distant) future!
You aren’t going to be around for the next one?
It was profound for me, and I wasn’t even in the path of totality. A real adventure of a day, actually. I hope to write about it before the next eclipse commences.