I first read about the 2017 solar eclipse at some time in the spring or early summer of 2016. At the time, I considered, then rejected, the idea of traveling to a location in Oregon to view the eclipse. I expected the crowds and traffic to be overwhelming, and the cost of lodging would be extravagant. I put it out my mind.
During the summer of 2017, interest in the eclipse increased steadily and enthusiastically. Reports of soaring motel rates were widespread. I was convinced that watching the eclipse from somewhere close to my home would be more reasonable. Until Thursday before the eclipse. Nothing like waiting until the last minute.
I finally, finally, after much vacillation, decided that I had to make the effort. The chances of seeing another eclipse were extremely limited. When would I ever have a chance to see a solar eclipse? Motels near the path of the eclipse were full or outrageously expensive for last minute reservations. Staying some distance from the path of totality seemed to be the only possibility.
Fortunately, I found a room in Kennewick, WA, in the Tri-Cities area of southeast Washington, some two hours from the eclipse path:
The 2017 Solar Eclipse in the US was, for me, a journey, as well as an extraordinary, unique event. In My Eclipse Journey, I present images of that journey from northwest Washington to northeast Oregon, where I viewed the eclipse, and images captured during the eclipse.
I stayed in Pendleton, Oregon, on Saturday and Sunday, and experienced the eclipse on Monday south of Pendleton. Afterwards, I journeyed west along the Columbia to Vancouver, and stayed there for the night.
On Tuesday, I traveled east again, on the north side of the Columbia, the Washington side, for a time, turned north through Yakima, and returned home.
I did not have filters for my camera, so I was unable to photograph the sun directly. Some folks tried, with sad, expensive results.
What you will see in these eclipse photos is the effect of the partial eclipse (98% plus obscuration) on hillsides of a location among the hills of eastern Oregon.
You will also see images of my journey, there and back again. The next three blogs will be about the four days of my journey:
Umatilla Bridge Saturday and Sunday, Days 1 and 2, The trip to Pendleton
Eclipse 2 909 am Monday, Day 3, Beginning of the Eclipse
Smoky Sky Gray River Tuesday, Day 4, Return trip along the Columbia