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Trivial Psychic:
It got dark in the middle of the afternoon today.  Did anyone catch that?

I made plans weeks ago to take a day off and drive my kids to Eagle Pass so we could see the eclipse from within the path of totality.  Then starting late last week, the weather forecasts for the entire path of totality through the southern US states started to go rain cloud-shaped.  Day before, I finally told my kids that we wouldn't be able to see it from anywhere we could drive to and get back from in one day.  We were bummed and went to the aquarium instead.

Then, end of day, I see an article from Eagle Pass with photos showing that the clouds parted there long enough for the eclipse to show through.

I haven't stopped screaming yet, and my family hasn't stopped laughing either.  [rageface.gif]

Scourge of Ages:

--- Quote from: Trivial Psychic on April 08, 2024, 10:11:52 pm ---It got dark in the middle of the afternoon today.  Did anyone catch that?

--- End quote ---

I *did* notice the sun doing something funky, but couldn't see what and now my eyes hurt  :D

Trivial Psychic:
I've been wanting to see this eclipse since I first heard of it about 2 years ago.  I booked 4 days off work in case I needed to go further afield to see it.  I live in Ottawa, outside totality, so my initial idea was to go down to Niagara Falls, long enough that a full day's worth of travel would be required just to get there, but considered Kingston as a closer alternative if the weather would co-operate.  Unfortunately, neither destination seemed viable, but then the option of going into southern Quebec looked more viable, including an option of getting into the very CENTER of totality.  In the end, the place where we set up, was less than a kilometer from the center of totality.

The only thing I regret, is not bringing a warmer coat and gloves.  I was shivering during the height of it, and the light breeze didn't help.

A once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, and it was beyond fantastic.  I even managed to hook up with my brother who was coming from another town, and we were able to travel in tandem and watch from the same spot.

That sounds like an awesome trip, and I am quivering with jealousy! Ah, if only I’d ignored the stupid weather report!


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