Tanya's Daily Scoop
CURRENTLY TRAVELING IN: RENO, NEVADA
We were heading to Huntington, Oregon - dead center on the belt of the Great American Eclipse. With 2 minutes and 9 seconds of totality.
At first I didn't think it was SUCH a big deal. But since this was kind of a once in a lifetime experience I agreed that we should opt for the best possible position.
The skies were clear and we drove a bit more than an hour from Boise to Huntington. Although there were plenty of vehicles on the road, traffic was light. Once we arrived at the Huntington exit you could see the cars lined up on the side on the road and the population of this small town of 550 increasing with exponential growth.
Hot pink and neon yellow poster boards offering driveways and parking spots for camping and/or just parking (starting at $100) to be able to watch the TOTAL ECLIPSE.
But I wasn't looking for the crowds or a party. I was looking for something with a view and something with quite a few less people!
Then I found it...
Waking up 30 minutes later, we began to set up out tripods and cameras for the event.
Dear Dave had succeeded at my request of purchasing a Solar Filter for my camera while I've been away on this road trip. HOWEVER when I opened the filter I had immediately noticed that the filter was damaged (scratched)!
Neither he nor the salesperson at Samy's Camera had looked over the non-returnable merchandise!!
My heart sunk. I was in shock and overcome with disappointment. I was also rather furious with the camera shop. What was I going to do... There was nothing I could do.
With the little reception that I had, I called the manufacturer and explained the dire situation. To which they were incredibly sympathetic, absolutely offered a refund, but understood that I was not going to be able to take the pictures that I was expecting to be able to take.
Luckily I always carry a second camera (a point and shoot) which is currently a Canon SX620HS.
And to be perfectly honest, Dominic thought even the beginning of the Eclipse was cool. Where Cosette was less than impressed.
And the sun vanished behind the moon.
THIS WAS THE MOST PHENOMENAL thing I have ever witnessed.
Traffic wasn't bad, but there was definitely a steady flow of Eclipse goers all making there way back to the corners of the world from which they came.
Driving through the Oregon high dessert was rather barren and I suppose caused alarm and an urgency to fill up on fuel. The only gas station in town was BUSY, and the lines for the bathroom were 30 minutes long!
I still had plenty of gas and being the impatient person that I am, I chose to NOT wait in line and to continue to drive.
And of course you know that won't be all... I've got BIG plans!
But for now, I've got to hit the road once more and drive 8 more hours. Good news is that I'm pretty sure I'll have wifi and actually be back tomorrow!