Watching the Eclipse

In Weiser, ID. as the eclipse was happening. Took about 90 minutes to go through the whole transition. I probably spent more time looking at how people around us on Pioneer Elementary School play field were reacting to the event. Fun morning.

 

Safe travels

from The Mothership

docked in Seattle!

Advertisements

Twilight in Idaho

The night before the eclipse there were some clouds hanging about. The sky turned this color, sort of a prelude to the celestial magic that was to occur the following morning.

Note: It took me about a dozen attempts to capture the actual color of the sky/clouds. My daughter is my witness as she was standing next to me asking: ‘Did you get it”? The pressure was on as the light was fading, to find the right camera setting.

Safe travels

fromThe Mothership

Docked in Seattle!

Weiser, ID. Festivities

Our camping neighbors for a couple of days on the playground of Pioneer Elementary School, serious astronomers. The biggest house ( that we saw) in Weiser and a bit of the Eclipse Festivities. The population of the town is @ 4,000. The weekend of the Eclipse Festival it easily doubled, which made for an interesting exit from town!

Making our way to Weiser, ID.

Leaving Benton City and the Klipsun Cottage. Views along the road, some spectacular and some sad. One place that we have now driven through twice without stopping is Lime, OR. in Baker County, OR. The geology of the area is fascinating. The abandoned cement plant looks like a great place to explore and take photos. It is officially a Ghost Town. If you check the link above and subsequent link to the page that lists those towns of Oregon, you’ll find details.

As manufacturing and mining raw materials has gone from our country to ‘developing’ countries, the small towns that housed the employees of those companies have been deserted, leaving a ghostly presence. We saw a lot of that in 2016 when we drove back to Peoria, ILL and then made our way back to the SW via I-40 and old Route 66. I think, until you get out there and drive the country, you don’t really see the full impact of political and economic decisions made by corporate America in the past 50 years. It’s not a subject you will see on the evening news or even news magazine-like shows on TV. It’s not an uplifting story, what happens to workers who move to these remote places to find employment, only to have the company chase the raw materials or cheaper labor to other countries; it’s a race to the bottom and our fellow citizens are just a  disposal resource to Politicians and the corporations that line their pockets. Working in tandem for decades that have methodically stripped this country of its ability to support itself with the materials/ skill and even infrastructure ( to some extent) to be self sustaining as a nation. Drive around the country for a month or two, get off of the Interstate Highway System and see what is really out there, beyond the strip malls of fast food and convenient gas stations.

We all live in bubbles and our perceptions are formed through the lens of those bubbles/personal experience. If you can, step out of your bubble. Dare to venture beyond the asphalt arteries that crisscross this country. You’ll find out something about America first hand, something that may alter your perception of life in America.

Both times we have driven right by/through Lime, OR. I have felt a nagging thought in my head: I really need to stop and get a good feel for this town and what took place here. I’m just as guilty of racing from one perceived destination to another and not taking the time to explore. The times I have pulled off of the Interstate system and gone on the secondary and tertiary roads I’ve been rewarded to such a rich history of the people of this country.

Didn’t sit down to write an essay or screed, but it appears something inside needed getting out.

Travel safe and be adventurous, the two aren’t mutually exclusive!

From the Mothership

docked in Seattle!

Eclipse 2017: Weiser, ID

Location: Pioneer Elementary School, Weiser, ID.

Voyage: From Seattle, WA. to Weiser, ID and the return route through central Oregon.

I’m posting the destination first as these are some images taken on a Samsung Point and shoot camera. All of the DSLR images I have, nearly 300 or so, are still on the chip and will need lots of time to edit. So, rather than wait days for me to go through that process, I thought I would post a few images from our location on Eclipse day.

Above is a photo of my wife, with the Mothership behind her, also an image of more of my family members; daughter, son in law, and granddaughter. The third image is of our camping neighbor and their very serious telescopes with cameras and all sorts of crazy stuff. Apparently this couple are astronomers and have been photographing eclipses all over the world. Their last name is Fletcher, so maybe a search would turn up their webpage? They were going to post photos from this eclipse, as I understood. They were really wonderful people who let anyone view the skies through their telescopes. Very generous with their time and knowledge. After the eclipse they were heading to Glacier National Park for more astronomical photography. In the community of Astronomers/Photographers they are very well known.

The timing of these photos was during the transit of the moon crossing the path of the sun. Took about an hour and a half, but was amazing to sit through: the light didn’t really dim until the last 2%, but the temperature gradually went down over the course of the eclipse. The temps that morning were in the 80’s, rising to 94 by afternoon, so the drop was very noticeable. During the two minutes of full eclipse it became fairly dark– you could see Venus and stars- but not totally due to the corona, which was amazing in itself.

As the eclipse approached totality everyone on the campsite started clapping and cheering; it was really an amazing  and unique experience: This play field filled with motorhomes of all sorts, people cheering and clapping.

All for now. I’ll post photos of the journey as I can edit them.

Safe travels

from the Mothership

docked back in Seattle!