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2017-08-21 10:25:08 PM  
Nope. I slept through it.
 
2017-08-21 10:44:00 PM  
It was worth it. Will be pre-planning for next eclipse and it's going to be tough to decide between Mexico (they can hold a festival like no one else) and Maine or New Hampshire (where I was born) or Newfoundland (never been there, it's random, and will be less crowded. Except for moose and polar bears of course.).
 
2017-08-21 11:39:34 PM  
It absolutely was worth it. You wouldn't think that it would be that interesting, but the moment the last sliver of sunlight disappeared, it went dark, and I was not prepared for it.

It was probably the most amazing natural spectacle I've ever seen in person. If you have the chance, travel to the place the longest totality and witness it for yourself.

We were in Antelope, OR where the totality was for two solid minutes.

Goddamn, that was eerie and awe-inspiring.
 
2017-08-22 12:09:03 AM  
I went east from Nashville instead of north. The only traffic problem for me was a really bad accident on the two lane road going back to I-40 after the eclipse that took over an hour to get through.
 
2017-08-22 12:20:39 AM  
It was.
 
2017-08-22 12:22:26 AM  
Puppies got to congregate
 
2017-08-22 12:24:50 AM  
Completely worth it. There was no serious traffic into Madras, OR until Sunday. The shortages of food, gas, cell service, water, oxygen, and protons all failed to materialize. Yeah, it took two extra hours to drive home. But I got to see a goddamned Solar Eclipse with two minutes of totality!!!!
 
2017-08-22 12:25:27 AM  
Was that today?
 
2017-08-22 12:26:01 AM  
97% totality where I was and I didn't have to sit in hours' worth of traffic like some of my friends did. One friend moved 20 miles in 4 hours trying to get back. It was pretty damn cool though.
 
2017-08-22 12:27:58 AM  
I've been kicking myself all day for not making a simple drive to experience totality. 95% was so lame. I really thought it would be much darker. Oh well. Lesson learned. Next time I'll definitely make the trip.
 
2017-08-22 12:28:53 AM  
I made it home from the office in record time tonight. I-405 has been murder lately so thanks for the brief respite.
 
2017-08-22 12:29:06 AM  
Boss let me change my schedule so I was off today and my house was in the path of totality.

Totality worth it.
 
2017-08-22 12:29:59 AM  
OR DOT said to avoid US 101 entirely. Well I didn't. Traffic was light all the way to Port Orford down to the CA border. I think most people were up in the hills somewhere above the marine layer of fog. Closer to home in Humboldt 299 to the central valley was pretty choked up however.

2045 I won't have to go anywhere as another total eclipse will be going right over the north coast of CA with up to 6 minutes of totality and a 160 wide shadow. I'll be 75, so I hope I'm still around to enjoy it. Or even see it.
 
2017-08-22 12:30:49 AM  

anuran: Completely worth it. There was no serious traffic into Madras, OR until Sunday. The shortages of food, gas, cell service, water, oxygen, and protons all failed to materialize. Yeah, it took two extra hours to drive home. But I got to see a goddamned Solar Eclipse with two minutes of totality!!!!


I was glad to be familiar with that area well enough to escape everything except Sun River's roundabout nightmare.

Worst traffic I experienced was in John Day (and that was only 20 minutes after totality) and on 97 south of Bend (and I cut across to the Cascad Lakes Highway once I escaped aforementioned maze).

I did enjoy how so many people camped under the trees where I wound up, and thus missed one of the better night skies in the US.
 
2017-08-22 12:33:10 AM  
I dogsat for my friend who flew down for totality, and I made a pinhole viewer, so I feel ok about my contribution.

/she's real cuddly, worth it
 
2017-08-22 12:33:26 AM  
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yeah, seeing as I live in the path of totality...
 
2017-08-22 12:34:40 AM  

fusillade762: Nope. I slept through it.


Me too, but I've seen everybody's pictures so it was like I was there.
 
2017-08-22 12:34:45 AM  

pxlboy: It absolutely was worth it. You wouldn't think that it would be that interesting, but the moment the last sliver of sunlight disappeared, it went dark, and I was not prepared for it.

It was probably the most amazing natural spectacle I've ever seen in person. If you have the chance, travel to the place the longest totality and witness it for yourself.

We were in Antelope, OR where the totality was for two solid minutes.

Goddamn, that was eerie and awe-inspiring.


Rajneeshee?
 
2017-08-22 12:36:03 AM  
Absolutely it was.

9.5 hours from Casper to Denver.  Still worth it.
 
2017-08-22 12:36:04 AM  
Just got home to Ohio a bit ago from our viewing spot in Russellville, KY. What should have been about a 6 hour trip took over 8. The horror!

Northbound I-71 between Louisville and Florence (Y'all) looked like either Louisville was being evacuated or the Ohioan refugees were being allowed to return home.

Nevertheless, 2:25 OF TOTALITY WAS WORTH IT!

/thank you Kentucky for your hospitality!
 
2017-08-22 12:36:56 AM  
Was too cloudy where I am. I watched online.

The feeds from NASA and others had cooler pictures than what I would have seen at the bottom of a cereal box anyway.
 
2017-08-22 12:40:18 AM  
Thoroughly enjoyed our 70 percent here in socal mountains. Telescope projector project failed cause sun too big for the scope. Got some neat pix from the 6' pinhole projector and it was a lot of fun to share with anyone who wanted a look. Tomoro the projector goes back to the dumpster from which it came...
 
2017-08-22 12:40:31 AM  

pxlboy: It absolutely was worth it. You wouldn't think that it would be that interesting, but the moment the last sliver of sunlight disappeared, it went dark, and I was not prepared for it.

It was probably the most amazing natural spectacle I've ever seen in person. If you have the chance, travel to the place the longest totality and witness it for yourself.

We were in Antelope, OR where the totality was for two solid minutes.

Goddamn, that was eerie and awe-inspiring.


this
 
2017-08-22 12:43:01 AM  
Ermahgerd! It was spectacular!

We just got home in fact, after inching our way back to Washington State. I hate traffic with the fury of a thousand suns, but a sight like that made the pavement pebble counting return trip worth it.
 
2017-08-22 12:43:19 AM  
Any rajneeshis left up there in rajneeshpuram,whoops, antelope?
 
2017-08-22 12:45:18 AM  

themindiswatching: I went east from Nashville instead of north. The only traffic problem for me was a really bad accident on the two lane road going back to I-40 after the eclipse that took over an hour to get through.


I went up 24 west to Clarksville. No traffic issues either way. 2 minutes of awesome.

/not unlike my sex life.
 
2017-08-22 12:45:42 AM  

skiinstructor: Any rajneeshis left up there in rajneeshpuram,whoops, antelope?


It's a Young Life camp or resort or something, IIRC.

I drove through Antelope yesterday around 4pm. None I could see....
 
2017-08-22 12:46:44 AM  
I was counting on total darkness for hubcap steeling. I was told there would be darkness.
 
2017-08-22 12:47:11 AM  

frostus: fusillade762: Nope. I slept through it.

Me too, but I've seen everybody's pictures so it was like I was there.


Well, as edgy as you two think you are, you missed a wonderful and rare natural event. It's really not something to reject in favor of rebelling in ignorance of the world around you.
 
2017-08-22 12:48:08 AM  
I only had to drive about 20 miles to be in the zone of totality. The interstates around St. Louis were pretty crowded but unless you paid attention to all of the out-of-state plates, you could've just mistaken it for rush hour.
 
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2017-08-22 12:48:11 AM  
The folks coming to the Kansas City area got to enjoy rain and cloud cover.
 
2017-08-22 12:48:13 AM  
Oh good I missed a motor home catching fire on the interstate.

And all the people are still crowding 97 between Bend and Chemult... Holy shiat.
 
2017-08-22 12:48:49 AM  
Instead of try to drive 800 miles to totality, I did my cancer-ridden father's yard. His current problem probably isn't cancer, but opiod constipation. He's in the hospital tonight because he tore a fissure while I mowed his lawm. Dammit opiates.
 
2017-08-22 12:49:44 AM  
Here are some traffic cams in Oregon. Look at US97.
 
2017-08-22 12:52:36 AM  
Took 2 hours to get from CLT to Newberry, SC, and 3 hours to get back.  Traffic on the way back was very noticeable, but manageable.  If you've ever driven on the DC beltway on a day ending in the letter Y, you've had worse.

Was it worth it?  Yes.
 
2017-08-22 12:52:38 AM  

anuran: Completely worth it. There was no serious traffic into Madras, OR until Sunday. The shortages of food, gas, cell service, water, oxygen, and protons all failed to materialize. Yeah, it took two extra hours to drive home. But I got to see a goddamned Solar Eclipse with two minutes of totality!!!!


All of this above.

But we're not leaving the campground until tomorrow.
 
2017-08-22 12:55:15 AM  
At my mom's house, since they had totality.  Didn't have to leave the entire weekend, and even got to hang out with my nephews that I haven't seen since Christmas.  So yup, worth it in every way :)
 
2017-08-22 12:57:28 AM  

bborchar: At my mom's house, since they had totality.  Didn't have to leave the entire weekend, and even got to hang out with my nephews that I haven't seen since Christmas.  So yup, worth it in every way :)


Also we had about 2 minutes, 40 seconds.  My son (5) looked up and said "cool, black sun" and went back to playing while all the adults were staring up.
 
2017-08-22 12:57:54 AM  

fanbladesaresharp: OR DOT said to avoid US 101 entirely. Well I didn't. Traffic was light all the way to Port Orford down to the CA border. I think most people were up in the hills somewhere above the marine layer of fog. Closer to home in Humboldt 299 to the central valley was pretty choked up however.

2045 I won't have to go anywhere as another total eclipse will be going right over the north coast of CA with up to 6 minutes of totality and a 160 wide shadow. I'll be 75, so I hope I'm still around to enjoy it. Or even see it.


I drove for most of the trip, but I don't recall which highway we took. There was traffic going through Madras, but free and clear until about 75 miles to Tacoma when there was this godforsaken bullsh*t traffic off and on all the way to f*cking JBLM.

I'm glad we made it out of Oregon quickly, but we went east and avoided the madness on the west side of the state.
 
2017-08-22 01:00:08 AM  
It was.  Our 4 hour trip back home took 8 hours.  Would have taken much longer but we finally found a place to get off and take back roads all the way back home.
 
2017-08-22 01:01:32 AM  
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2017-08-22 01:02:33 AM  
As a mutt of scottish, french canadian, and kiwi descent, I poked my head out thed door at 2:42, said 'wots all this then' and took the rare oppertunity to walk among the other daywalkers without bursting into flames.

/still got a sunburn, I probably don't understand how ecplipses work.
//and that's how i LIKE IT
///three wolves howling at the moon or something.
 
2017-08-22 01:02:40 AM  

Bonzo_1116: anuran: Completely worth it. There was no serious traffic into Madras, OR until Sunday. The shortages of food, gas, cell service, water, oxygen, and protons all failed to materialize. Yeah, it took two extra hours to drive home. But I got to see a goddamned Solar Eclipse with two minutes of totality!!!!

All of this above.

But we're not leaving the campground until tomorrow.


I wish I could have camped an extra day.

I wish I'd camped at Hat Point on Saturday, actually. Saddle Creek Campground... Look it up.
 
2017-08-22 01:05:55 AM  
Didn't see traffic until after the eclipse. Lesson learned!
 
2017-08-22 01:11:19 AM  
Typical 8 hour drive from Weiser ID back to Skagit took 11 (stayed wth friends) Thanks Oregon DOT for some dopey construction zones, detour via Walla Walla etc. Totality worth it. That black hole sun!
 
2017-08-22 01:13:28 AM  
It was fun driving by the places asking anywhere from $20 to $500 for tent sites yesterday. Especially the ones within 30 minutes of US Forest Service land, where dispersed camping is free.
 
2017-08-22 01:15:12 AM  

KumquatMay: Typical 8 hour drive from Weiser ID back to Skagit took 11 (stayed wth friends) Thanks Oregon DOT for some dopey construction zones, detour via Walla Walla etc. Totality worth it. That black hole sun!


ODOT had I84 detoured in The Dalles, too?

They were paving OR58 southeast of Eugene on Thursday, but it was open by the time I drove through tonight.
 
2017-08-22 01:18:11 AM  
I had to run to the grocery store here in Columbia SC tonight and I was worried northbound interstate traffic would be a horror show at 8:30 PM.  It wasn't.  It seems most people visiting our city got out ASAP after the event.  Smart!
 
2017-08-22 01:21:06 AM  
It was absolutely worth it. We have a finite amount of time on this planet. Our lives are fragile things, and we can be swept into the grave in an instant. It's important to appreciate the little things in life. Like when I decided to take a stroll around my neighborhood today.

Even though I live in Ohio, a partial eclipse was enough of an experience for me that I thoroughly gave no farks about the traffic. I got to see people connect together in ways I don't see very often. People willing to give complete strangers a look through their eclipse glasses, the neighborhood sandwich shop's employees bringing food out onto the patio when it's normally a walk-up venue, so that they could also experience the eerie, ethereal shade cast down upon this planet. Today, I didn't see employees working, I saw human beings connecting. Sharing a brief moment of time that only comes once every several years. For a brief window of maybe an hour, I saw humanity function in a way that makes issues like traffic congestion seem trivial and banal in comparison.

The pale orange glow that illuminated my city reminded me that we are animals, caged to a planet, and for all of our technology and adaptability, there are forces beyond our control, and a solar eclipse is a subtle reminder that we're all but a tiny speck to cosmic forces that could snuff out our life in the blink of an eye.

That to cope with our total helplessness, the futility of defiance against nature, that we forget what we think we are and become a communal species trying to survive a harsh and unforgiving environment. The greatest notion is that we bring that harsh and unforgiving environment on ourselves for our own hubris and selfish notions that maybe we would have thought about twice if we just stopped and recognized that we have a limited amount of time left, and no matter what we do or what we build, we all go to the same place in the end.

The amount of money lost during the eclipse due to traffic, or job productivity, or whatever else is ultimately irrelevant. Was it worth it? You can't quantify that eerie feeling you get when you see the sun's light cast in shade. You can't put a price tag on enjoying a brief moment in your life in the presence of your neighbors who are just as bewildered and awestruck at a natural phenomenon in the sky above. Ultimately, the universe does not care about our traffic congestion or financial problems that arise from a solar eclipse. It simply "is", and it's times like earlier today at 2:30p in Ohio that humanity acknowledges (whether they want to admit it or not) that we simply "are".
 
2017-08-22 01:21:51 AM  
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no driving Sunday noon thru Tuesday noon, padded seat on a deck, conditioned house, stocked cooler, good food?

shiat yes it was worth it.
 
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