fbhjr: (Experience)
The eclipse was everything I'd hoped for.
Clear skies, good view, magical experience all around.
Very different from the many partial eclipse I've seen or anything I've seen in photos or video.
I'll get photos up eventually.

The trip home,...
Traffic wasn't too bad.
I left 7 hours to go 150 miles (250km) all highway.
Traffic just after the eclipse was high and only moving about half that speed, but we got to the airport in plenty of time.

Then, the airline main computer for the west coast died. No one could file flight plans needed by law to take off.
It impacted the whole west coast from LA to Alaska.
And, in a spectacular bit of planning, the back up forms to do the plan by hand were on the same server...

They didn't know how long it would take. And, had no way to even guess.
The folks on the ground were fantastic. They broke into the supply of snacks and drinks for us as we waited.
About 4 hours later, we took off.
I had left 5 hours in the plan.

Now, we're waiting in Seattle for the next flight to Boston.
The flight ahead of ours hasn't left yet and should have an hour ago.
Not a good sign.

But, no other connections. This is direct. So, even if it runs late, we won't miss anything.

Glad I left lots of extra time and took the whole day off!
fbhjr: (Experience)
This morning we got up at 5:30 local time. (A comfortable 8:30 our normal time that we're still more or less on.)
We were on the road just after 6.

For all the reasons of hotels, cars and chaos already mention, we gave up on seeing the eclipse in Idaho. I'm a bit sad as I've never been to Idaho and wanted to see it. But, we're still flying out of there, so not too bad.

We've settled on Baker City Oregon for where to watch it. 1 minute 36 seconds of total eclipse. Not the best, but not too bad either.
Google said it was about 5 1/2 hours from Seattle to here. We did it in 6, but stopped for gas and lunch, so not too bad.
There was hardly any traffic. So, the whole "traffic apocalypse" thing isn't happening here.

We got here just after noon, and walked around for a bit. They were having an eclipse festival. We stopped there and a the local historical museum next to it.

Then, we came back to the hotel. No where near as nice a room as I'd normally get for the money, but in the path.

We'll go off for dinner soon and then wait for the eclipse.

I'm a bit worrried it was getting cloudy, but the weather says clear tomorrow. Hope it's right!
fbhjr: (Dance)
We made it to Seattle. We had problems with the plane, hotel and rental car.
Those are stories for some other time...

Today we met up with our friends Mike & Dave. They moved out here 10 years ago, and this is the first time we've seen them in person since then.

We had a very nice visit with them, even if most of it was sitting around talking and then going for various meals near where they live.
It was really nice to see them again after so many years.

Tomorrow, towards the dark...

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