Ok, I am very far behind in my blogging. This was several months ago now, but a very memorable weekend. We stayed with some friends in Bend. We left their home the night before to find a spot where we would experience 2 minutes of totality. The Milky Way was spectacular. We slept in our car (if you could call it sleep). The blare of headlights flashed past all night long! We had a little tent/potty outside and plenty of food. We had an extra jug of gas and lots of water. We were prepared expecting that we could get stuck in traffic for a long time. (The hype was much worse than it actually was).
We had our glasses, my camera, and experienced the whole thing with our 3 kids.
I have to say, neither words nor photographs can adequately describe what it was like. I didn’t expect it to be like THAT. The stages of the eclipse were amazing, but the moment of totality, there is a shift. Everything became so cool and dusky-dark, but it FELT electrical… Like the hairs on my arms stood out–powerful. For two thrilling minutes; everything felt like it was “charged”.. I don’t know how else to describe the feeling of totality. Peaceful, magical; and electrical.
The drive home was a lot of fun too; we went through a ghost town and past the wind turbines. We drove home through the gorge just a short time before the fires were to engulf it.