A couple of weeks ago I discovered (after almost everybody else in the United States) that a total solar eclipse was going to cross the continent on August 21, 9 days from now.
After clearing our calendars and hemming and hawing for awhile we finally decided to try and make it to a region where we could be in the path of totality — a place where day literally turns to night.
At first I thought we would head to Smoky Mountain National Park but they were selling tickets to the best viewing area which have been sold out for ages. Instead I mapped the 6-and-a-half-hour route and made an AirBnB reservation for the night before within a additional two hour drive to the eclipse area.
Next on the to-do list was to get some solar eclipse glasses so we would be able to view the sun as it is covered by the moon.
Unfortunately all local brick-and-mortar stores, Lowes, REI, Wal-Mart, Best Buy, were sold out as were their on-line counterparts. The only option left to me was to buy children’s models which I ordered from Amazon.
I’m hoping the glasses will arrive in time for our trip. I’m also going to try to get a pair from our local library which will begin to distribute a limited amount on August 14th.
Are you planning to view the eclipse?