I've been meaning to put up an entry about our eclipse adventures, but have been busy with work and other projects. Better late than never, i guess!
The eclipse was fantastic! Our youngest daughter begged us to make the 800 mile trek up to the path of totality, and she finally convinced us this was a good idea. By us, I really mean me, since Mike was in the Tetons at The Enclosure during the eclipse. So, I piled both kids in the car, and we picked up Gigi on the way, and powered our way up to central Oregon.
Teslas are a great way to travel, and I thought that going north two days before the eclipse would be fine. Was I wrong! The superchargers were backed up like I have never seen - All the eco friendly folks like me wanted to see the eclipse and Tesla infrastructure isn't in place yet for this sort of load. Still, the waits at the superchargers (4 hours in Corning, !!) were a lot of fun as we got to chat with other greens. I mean, long chats. Four hour chats. Hahaha! Fun! No, it was.
We made it to our destination Sunday morning, and stayed at Crooked River Ranch. We pitched a tent. The eclipse, Monday, was *incredible.* There were fantastic telescopes everywhere, and all of us, everyone, was on the same wavelength, enjoying this amazing celestial dance. I know that sounds hokey, deal with it.
Totality was not completely dark, but Venus came out clear as a bell. Sunset on the horizon. Clear skies. Rivers and cliffs. Nature. Beautiful! The eclipse pictures don't do it justice - we had the wrong kind of camera I guess. But other non-sun pictures are fun. Here's one of me and the girls. Mike is in the Tetons, you'll have to imagine him doing the same thing hundreds of miles east.
And i think my favorite picture is the girls making an eclipse heart with their hands, here. See? It's about 85% total at this point!
So, then we powered back down, to get our older daughter to the airport for her junior year at GWU. 1600 miles in four days - Whew! But awesome. Then back to work - and that's for another blog post on another day.