On August 21, 2017, much of the United States witnessed a total solar eclipse. We drove from Florida to South Carolina to be in the middle of the cone. It had been over 30 years since the contiguous U.S. last witnessed a total solar eclipse crossing through Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana and North Dakota on February 26, 1979.
Frank & I met two of his best friends at a B&B to witness this phenomenon where we visited for 4 days. One of his friends in the photo above with me is from Virginia and the other friend not shown is from Washington state. It had been a long time since Frank had seen his friend from Washington and it was a delight to finally meet him in person. In the photo, we were looking up to see the process had began while Frank was in the background setting up his tripod.
The interesting part about the whole thing was the birds freaked out! They were scrambling as it was beginning to get dark because they were not ready to roost in the middle of the afternoon. It cooled off about 15 degrees and lasted just over 2 minutes before the sun began to peak on the other side.
More info on this eclipse at wikipedia here.
We are planning to go to south Texas for the next total solar eclipse in April, 2024 which will cross 12 states. This will be the last solar eclipse in the U.S. until 2045 which will cross 10 states.
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