The excitement of the eclipse began at our home in September of 2016 as friends and relatives began to make camping reservations to view it here on our farm with us. That was the first we had heard of this great event.
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Preparing for the Solar Eclipse
As the months went by the Lost River Valley began to prepare for this awesome event. All available areas for camping and lodging began to fill up with tourists making reservations. People from all over the world made plans to view this spectacular site from right here in our beautiful valley.
We were lucky enough to be in the path of totality and could watch the eclipse from our yard. We began with our final preparations the week before. We made sure we had all the food supplies we needed, propane tanks full for the BBQ, briquettes for the dutch ovens and lets not forget all the food. The lawn was mowed perfectly ready for trailers, tents, and lawn chairs. Then came the preparation of all the food I could get ready in advance and the house was ready for house guests. There was an excitement in the air.
Spectator began to arrive
In the valley cars, trailers and campers started to trickle in picking up in numbers towards the end of the week. Our guests started to arrive on Friday and we had a full house and yard by Sunday night. I wondered what the weather would be, hopefully, it wouldn’t be cloudy.
Finally, the big day arrived. We ate breakfast at 9:00 so everything could be cleaned up and we would be ready for this spectacular event. We all waited with great anticipation.
August 21st is finally here
Some of our guests made different ways for us to view the eclipse. Each one added a little extra to this event. We were a little worried about our 2-year-old grand-daughter using eclipse glasses to view the eclipse. One of our guests had made a board that she could watch it all safely and someone else gave her a glow stick. She was so thrilled when it glowed.
Finally, the moon began to creep across the sun. My husband kept track of the temperature. It was amazing how fast it dropped, 13 degrees, to a chilly 58 degrees It was jacket weather. The sky was a beautiful blue totally clear. It was the perfect day!
As the moon moved across the sun and it began to get dark a slight cool breeze began to blow. We watched the animals to see what they would do. The goats bedded down and the chickens began to move into the chicken coop
We all watched the event naming the things that would happen at different points. It was awesome, an event I would not have wanted to miss, I would love to see it all again.
We waited for the rooster to crow when we saw the diamond appear. Apparently, his rest was too short. About 10 minutes after the moon started to move farther across the sun, Arnold the rooster started to crow. (Now If I could only get him to sleep past 5:30 am.)
The moon continued to move across the sun and sadly the eclipse was over. Time to get out the croquet set, let the games begin!
Needless to say, this was a great weekend. Even if the eclipse would not have been totally awesome, it still would have been a fun weekend. There is nothing better than spending time with family and friends! Looking for another excuse to get together again!
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