The 2017 Total Solar Eclipse

🌞 🌚 🌎 😎

The Sun, the Moon, and the Earth lined up on August 21st, 2017. We did our best to be lined up too. We traveled to St. Joseph, MO to be along the center-line of the swath of totality that crossed the United States.

The back-dated posts below detail the running log of our preparations and journey that I had incrementally posted to Facebook in the summer of 2017.

There are a few things to note before we start. At first, I did not know if we would be able leave town to see the total eclipse. My wife and I were both looking for work and money was a concern. I might be satisfied with just viewing the partial eclipse from Austin, TX, so at first started getting ready for the partial here in Austin. I wanted to use equipment that I already had, with a minimum of extra expenditure. We also had a probable summer trip to see relatives near Wichita, KS in the back of our minds. Eventually we combined that trip with an extra jaunt to the north to put us on the centerline.

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