Solar Eclipse, Oregon
8/20 -- 8/21/2017
|On August 21, 2017, millions of people across the
United States saw nature's most wondrous spectacle — a total eclipse of
the Sun. The path of totality (60-70 miles wide) of the
American Eclipse in 2017 passed through portions of 14 states from
Oregon on the west coast to South Carolina on the east. The
last time the contiguous United States saw a total solar eclipse was
Feb. 26, 1979, when the path of totality only crossed the Pacific
Northwest. The total solar eclipse in 2017 is particularly rare
because it's the first time since June 8, 1918, that the path of
totality exclusively crosses the continental United States. It's also
the first continent-wide eclipse to be visible only from the U.S. since
The next total solar eclipse will be in South America (Chile, Argentina) on July 2, 2019, and the next total solar eclipse visible in the US (Mexico, and from Texas to Maine), will be on April 8, 2024.
We had an early morning flight to Seattle and then drove down to Oregon. Although we were just back home at about 1AM from CMU and had less than 4 hours of rest, we managed to have a smooth travel to our destination: Government Camp in Mt. Hood.
We arrived at Mt. Hood area in the late afternoon. Although it was just right outside the band of total eclipse, all hotel rooms were sold out months before (I have booked my room in last Sept!) and some places in the totality region were charging more than $1000 per night for a simple motel room.
Here is my time-lapsed photo/video for the duration of the solar eclipse (from 9:07AM to 10:21AM).
We stayed for another 20 minutes after the total eclipse to start to drive
back. The traffic was heavy and slow even in some sections on Highway 5
inside Washington State. Although it took us about 7 hours to reach
SEA airport (~ 260 miles, should be ~ 4.5 hours in regular traffic), I think it
was not too bad compared to some of my friends who drove 16 hours from Madras
Oregon back to Shasta in California (fro ~ 350 miles).
This was a short but really unforgettable trip: first total solar eclipse, first trip after empty nest, and end of my crazy 6-consecutive-day of flying travel...
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