I first heard about this maybe a year or so ago, but did nothing about it. With young kids, plans are often last minute. Last month, we decided we could finally commit, so we scrambled for a hotel room or campsite. Naturally, they were all booked up, at least online. There were a few vacancies provided by first-time AirBNBers wanting to take full advantage of price gouging. We found places in Portland, so we secured those first, but later on a whim, I decide to phone around at various hotels inside totality. Surprisingly, it took less than five calls to find a hotel that still had rooms at reasonable rates; they were reserved for non-internet customers.
|From Oklahoma - there was certainly an eventful excitement in the air|
|An hour before totality, people would park next to open fields with picnic blankets|
|We chose to watch from a park, where eclipse festivities brought locals and tourists out in the hundreds.|
|And the moment we were waiting for - totality! A star appeared just left of the sun, which unfortunately wasn't capturable with the camera settings I used|
And here's the exuberance of a crowd immersed in the shadow of the moon.
|Getting to totality was fine...getting out was a 7 hour trip, normally only 4 hours.|