Time to spend the rest of the day wandering around taking pictures. Not exactly sure where I’ll go yet, so I’ll start at N.E. 33rd and Broadway.
The weekend of the Great American Eclipse starts off at one of my favorite places in Portland, Salty’s On The Columbia. The Sunday Brunch here is $48, but worth it. Great views of the Columbia and Portland International Airport. However, without a car, there is about a one kilometer walk from the bus stop on N.E. 33rd St., line 70. A map here shows the location of the stop and Salty’s. Every time I come here I take pictures and sometimes it seems that I’m snapping up photos of the same things. But no two photos are exactly alike, and in the two years since I’ve been here, there are new things to photograph.
There are a lot of seafood selections on the buffet, the best are the Dungeness crab clusters my favorite. Very rare to find then on the buffets in Las Vegas. However, there are non seafood selections as well.
In just over four months, a total solar eclipse will take place August 21, 2017 at 10:17 AM PDT in central Salem, OR. The path of totality will stretch across the continental United States, from Lincoln City, OR to Charlesown, SC. In Oregon, the path of totality will be in the grey area on the above map. The blue line indicates the the path of greatest totality. The duration here will be about 1 minute and 58 seconds. This is the best place to view the eclipse is on the red line in the center. The further from this line, the shorter the duration. Travel outside the red lines and only a partial eclipse will be visible, although there will be a few minutes of twilight close to the boundaries.
After leaving Oregon the path of totality will continue through the central US ans into the southeast US before leaving the US mainland in South Carolina. This will be the first total eclipse visible in the United States since 1991 and the first visible from the 48 contiguous states since 1979.
Traveling to the path of the eclipse
If you hadn’t made reservations already, do so as soon. Rooms are filling up fast and are sold out in many places along the path. Also, many hotels are raising their rates at this time in anticipation of this event. A search of the Motel 6 site revealed that rooms are already sold out in Salem, OR the nights from Aug. 20 – 22, although rooms are still available in Portland, although the eclipse won’t be total there. However, rooms are still available in Nashville, TN at reasonable another city on the path of totality.
Flights to cities along the path within a few days before the eclipse are also likely to to soon be booked as well as flights from these cities a few days after. So make your plans soon.
Viewing the eclipse
Although the best show will be the path of totality, the entire continental United States as well as most of North America will experience a partial eclipse. To view the partial eclipse safely, eye protection, such as a set of approved eclipse glasses would be necessary. This is a must if you can’t make it to the path of totality and plan to view the eclipse. Never attempt to look at the sun without eye protection, even for a second! Even if the eclipse is almost total, but not quite, you still need eye protection. Looking at any portion if the sun’s disk can cause serious or permanent eye damage. Also, eye protection is recommended viewing the total ecipse as well. Better safe than sorry. Eclipse glasses are inexpensive and can be purchased at online at Amazon.com.
Don’t forget about your camera
Just as you must have eye protection to view the eclipse safely, you should also have some protection for your camera.
During my trip to Ohio, I deiced to sneak on over to Indianapolis for a few hours to snap up some pictures of downtown. So much to see here. The Circle Center Mall was great, got a lot of pictures here. Then went over to Monument Circle. From here you can get a glimpse of the statehouse as well as many other downtown buildings. The day was quite wet though, as a storm rolled through just as I got back to the mall. Had to catch the bus back to Columbus, it was still raining very hard. But the storm started to to let up after it seemed like it would never end. Made it back to the terminal just in time to catch the bus, although got a little wet making the two block journey from the mall to the bus station.
Leaving for Cincinnati from Downtown Columbus on the Megabus. The Megabus features double-decker buses and I got a front window seat, although I had to pay an extra five dollars for this seat.