Seemed Easy Enough

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.

We live about an 8-hour drive north of the path of totality of the Solar Eclipse of 2017.

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.

The route could easily take longer than expected if others get the same idea we have.

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.

Eclipse glasses should cost about $1 each — they’re not fancy.

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.

Children’s solar eclipse glasses.

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.

If you miss this one there’ll be another total eclipse in 2024 from Mexico to Maine.

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?


Author: Jo

Welcome to The Glade, where the second generation of renovations has just begun and the mania about our home, music and other passions fill our days and nights. We’re Charlie and Jo in the music world; Mary Jo and Charles to family; and JoJo and Charlie to each other. We are renovating a midcentury house in a Victorian historic district where we want to live there the rest of our lives. It's a 1946 house located in Maryland. We were married in this house. Thus far (pre-blog) we refinished cabinets, added a window seat (still working on the cushion), rearranged a wall in the guest house due to sink/vanity replacement, planted a vegetable garden, and other quick and not-so-quick fixes. So this latest zeal for construction is the result of my having lived here since 1997 and feeling a need to ready the house for the next chapter and beyond.

5 thoughts on “Seemed Easy Enough”

  1. You know, the eclipse itself only lasts a couple of minutes. I just haven’t been able to get on the bandwagon for 2+ minutes. I’m going to try to be aware and outside that day to see what happens overall but no looking at the sun for me.

  2. Here near Seattle, we’ll see a 93% eclipse, which is good enough for us. Our local grocery store had loads of eclipse glasses, but by now they are selling out, too. (Make sure they’re ISO 12321-compliant–it’ll be printed on the inside.) We’re ready and waiting … and betting that it will be cloudy that day. It clouded up last night just in time to block view of the Perseid meteor shower. I hope you have perfect viewing conditions.

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