Any plans for next April's total solar eclipse?

M1 Abrams

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Hi there,

I was just curious -- are any of you considering attending the total solar eclipse taking place next April 8? It is definitely on my radar, but I don't know if it will actually happen (my attendance, not the eclipse; the odds for the latter are quite high.) :) The drumbeat for some time has been that early preparations are critical. Like clockwork, there is another story about it this morning on the CNN website:

https://www.cnn.com/travel/solar-eclipse-2024-trip-planning-scn/index.html

As I will be 87 when the next total solar eclipse occurs in the United States in 2045, I'm definitely considering this my last realistic chance to attend one. Being a small farmer with limited funds, though, I will not be flying my Learjet to Nova Scotia. (Yes, Nova Scotia is in the path of totality this time too, lucky devils.) I'm not willing to throw huge amounts of money to cover various scenarios. If it happens at all for me, it will probably be a matter of looking at weather forecasts a few days before the event, picking a target area (hopefully one of a handful that yours truly would have previously researched) and making a dash for it.
 

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True that, enormiss! If I had to commit to a location now, it would probably be some lonely corner of Texas in the path of totality -- somewhere with a relatively higher chance of clear skies as well as, hopefully, far less than a million people in the vicinity.
 

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Once again, Boyd, I am in your debt! Thank you very much! So it looks as if nobody here did the long-range, high cost options in 2017 or is planning to do that this time around. That's good to know. The modest pre-planning/late skedaddle to the path of totality model went three for three in 2017. May it work out as well next April.

It was a pleasure to read the reports of MikeBickerson, PineClark, and especially yours, manumuskin! I'm with you about the pictures -- if I'm lucky enough to get to attend, I will not waste time taking pictures, but savor every precious second of totality. There will be plenty of pictures and videos available after the event.

I know that the trip there and back will be daunting (some other, earthier words come to mind), but if I don't get to this one, it will never happen. (A correction to my initial post: There is a total solar eclipse in 2044 that sneaks into northern Montana and the Dakotas. I'll only be 86 for that one.)
 
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I'd be happy (very happy!) to bypass the Lone Star State, but if that looks to be the best shot, would lean that way. If the skies look as if they will be clear in Erie, would be happy to only visit one other state, even if it costs 45 seconds or so of totality.

If things don't look good for the East or Midwest a few days before the 8th, I might try to use a "Southern strategy" of visiting very good friends who live in northern Mississippi, then deciding on the final target.
 

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we drove out to madras oregon for the 2017 eclipse, which was quite the experience.

I think texas will be the best shot in the US, but wow that is a drive. We have friends who are flying to the pacific coast in mexico, but that is out of our league right now
 

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Hi there,

I was just curious -- are any of you considering attending the total solar eclipse taking place next April 8? It is definitely on my radar, but I don't know if it will actually happen (my attendance, not the eclipse; the odds for the latter are quite high.) :) The drumbeat for some time has been that early preparations are critical. Like clockwork, there is another story about it this morning on the CNN website:

https://www.cnn.com/travel/solar-eclipse-2024-trip-planning-scn/index.html

As I will be 87 when the next total solar eclipse occurs in the United States in 2045, I'm definitely considering this my last realistic chance to attend one. Being a small farmer with limited funds, though, I will not be flying my Learjet to Nova Scotia. (Yes, Nova Scotia is in the path of totality this time too, lucky devils.) I'm not willing to throw huge amounts of money to cover various scenarios. If it happens at all for me, it will probably be a matter of looking at weather forecasts a few days before the event, picking a target area (hopefully one of a handful that yours truly would have previously researched) and making a dash for it.

We will be attending the total solar eclipse next year. It will be occurring dead center over the location we vacation at in Vermont every year. However, since my relatives cabin we stay in will have antifreeze in the pipes during April, Jessica made reservations at a motel last month. Even though I am sure we could have stayed with my relatives at their main home slightly south and still in the area of totality, we have decided to just ask them if they would be interested in our company during the event.

Vermont is expecting anywhere from 50,000 to 200,000 people so we read up on what we need to do in the event there are clouds over our location and serious traffic. Keep your gas tank full with plenty of food as well. In any event, it still will be in totality for over 3 minutes so no matter what the weather it will be dark.

We have to keep in mind the problems they had on Route 91 in Vermont during the farewell "Phish" concert a while back when traffic was so bad the road was closed down and people abandoned their vehicles and walked. However, people at that time were heading to one specific location and this eclipse is crossing the county in multiple states so not everyone will be descending on our location.

The recommendation we have read is to come early and leave late so we made sure we have a place to stay until the following morning.
 
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I"m heading out to Evansville Indiana for it.My grandson starts college in Evansville this year and we will pick him up and probably watch it along the Wabash some where.Watched the one seven years ago in Tennessee
 
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