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2017 US Solar Eclipse
« on: May 05, 2017, 05:48:41 PM »
So who's going to watch? Where are you going?

I'm considering taking a 5 hour drive to southern Illinois, and watching in Giant City State Park. There's a lodge and cabins down there but I'm pretty sure the'll be booked by now. So I'm probably going to have to make it a day trip. which shouldn't be too bad.

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Re: 2017 US Solar Eclipse
« Reply #1 on: May 05, 2017, 06:50:44 PM »
I really want to go, but it's a much farther drive for me and I don't think I could drag my wife and kids along.
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Re: 2017 US Solar Eclipse
« Reply #2 on: May 05, 2017, 08:05:40 PM »
I'm planning on coming over, thinking somewhere Nebraska way...  ;D

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Re: 2017 US Solar Eclipse
« Reply #3 on: May 05, 2017, 08:48:01 PM »
We'll be around Crab Orchard Lake, far from the madding crowd.
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Re: 2017 US Solar Eclipse
« Reply #4 on: May 05, 2017, 11:32:44 PM »
Damn, just looked at a map. . . .Too far away to be practical to see
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Re: 2017 US Solar Eclipse
« Reply #5 on: May 06, 2017, 04:16:38 AM »
Damn, just looked at a map. . . .Too far away to be practical to see

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Re: 2017 US Solar Eclipse
« Reply #6 on: May 06, 2017, 07:58:31 AM »
Damn, just looked at a map. . . .Too far away to be practical to see

I'm thinking of travelling ~4,500 miles (as the crow flies), so, how far is too far??  ;)

admittedly, it is going to be my main holiday of the year...

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« Reply #7 on: May 06, 2017, 12:26:23 PM »
Damn, just looked at a map. . . .Too far away to be practical to see

I'm thinking of travelling ~4,500 miles (as the crow flies), so, how far is too far??  ;)

admittedly, it is going to be my main holiday of the year...
Be sure to visit the floating catfish restaurant on the Ohio River.

And the St. Louis Zoo. Given that the hotels are already booked up in Carbondale you might want to stay the night in St. Louis.

It's easy to find, just look for the arch:

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Re: 2017 US Solar Eclipse
« Reply #8 on: May 06, 2017, 01:38:29 PM »
You can try staying in Mt Vernon or Mattoon. This will get you about 2-3 hours away from C'dale. I'm going to play it by ear. If it looks to be overcast in C`dale I will look farther west. Otherwise if the weather is going to be clear then I will make the drive from Chicago to southern Illinois. It's a 120 eclipse time so I'm going to leave very early in the morning and then drive back the same day. I'm hoping the traffic isn't to bad.
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Re: 2017 US Solar Eclipse
« Reply #9 on: May 06, 2017, 03:09:13 PM »
I haven't thought of a contingency plan if the weather is bad. but if you're driving from Chicago I feel like I shouldn't have an excuse not to do my drive.

We need to have a meet-up, Noisy do you really think that Crab Orchard Lake won't have the crowds? do they have like a picnic area or something?  I just picked Giant city because I've been there in the past, my brother went to SIU.
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Re: 2017 US Solar Eclipse
« Reply #10 on: May 06, 2017, 09:58:09 PM »
I haven't thought of a contingency plan if the weather is bad. but if you're driving from Chicago I feel like I shouldn't have an excuse not to do my drive.

We need to have a meet-up, Noisy do you really think that Crab Orchard Lake won't have the crowds? do they have like a picnic area or something?  I just picked Giant city because I've been there in the past, my brother went to SIU.
I'm going to day-trip down there to see what's what with the locales. I'll report back. The thing about the Lake is there's no central focus spot, so you can spread out, at least as Google Earth shows it. Mark One eyeball will be applied.
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Re: 2017 US Solar Eclipse
« Reply #11 on: May 06, 2017, 11:51:28 PM »
It goes right over my parents' house in Dallas, OR, so I'll be making the hour-long drive there to see it.
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Re: 2017 US Solar Eclipse
« Reply #12 on: May 07, 2017, 09:38:37 AM »
Derp.
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Re: 2017 US Solar Eclipse
« Reply #13 on: May 08, 2017, 05:19:48 AM »
I'm going on a road trip with my (72 year old) father. We're going to see the eclipse from Wyoming. It was already hard to find a hotel in the path of totality there, but we found a good motel an hour's drive from Riverton. It's the third time I travel to see an eclipse and hopefully the first time there are no clouds in front of it. Previous attempts: Cornwall in 1999 (rain) and Kruger Park in South Africa in 2002 (clouds). I went through Weather Underground several times this time to make sure I'm at a spot where on August 21st cloud cover is unlikely. Wish me luck   8) (smiley with eclipse glasses).

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Re: 2017 US Solar Eclipse
« Reply #14 on: May 09, 2017, 11:59:09 AM »
If it looks to be overcast in C`dale I will look farther west.

Looking at it again, yeah, going south-west into MO actually cuts about 45 min of drive time. Looking for places around Jefferson City.
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