Basecamp: Ontario, Oregon.
Leisurely accommodations and "facilities" (totality 1 minute, 30 seconds)
The local micro-climate and morning cloud cover patterns will dictate our "eleventh hour" decision to Go Mobile! ...travel to one of three nearby optimum sites, to gain another 40 seconds of totality:
- Primary site: Lime, Oregon on I-84, there is an exit and some side roads for the old mining ghost town. On the center line. (totality 2 minutes, 10 seconds) Travel time: 40 minutes.
- Secondary site: Mann Creek State Park, Idaho, along Hwy-95. (totality 2 minutes, 10 seconds) on the center line. Travel time: 1 hour.
- Tertiary site: Near Unity, Oregon, on Route 26. (totality 2 minutes, 6 seconds) near the center line. Travel time: 2 hours.
The path of the eclipse in this area cuts through the cusp of a crazy zig-zag line between Pacific Time Zone and Mountain Time Zone, so we are carrying a UTC clock to keep us on schedule. Malheur County is the only county in Oregon that is on Mountain Time Zone. When traveling on I-84, the time zone boundary is just south of Lime Oregon. Beware, some cell sites may automatically set your phone to the wrong time in this area
"Be Mobile! Mobility, Mobility, Mobility!"
-Fred Espenak, talking about his #1 item on
Strategy for Successful 2017 Eclipse Viewing
"It's tempting to pick a particular location and say, "That's where I'm going to watch the eclipse."
"No, that's your starting point."
"Go there, do the scenery, enjoy whatever options there are for that particular locale, but then watch what the weather is doing. Check the weather forecast. Go online to some of these websites and see the weather."
"You've gotta be paying attention. Have internet access from your hotel. See what's going on."
"And be ready to drive, maybe 500 or 700 miles. It'll be worth it though."
-Fred Espenak, NEAT video.
I can pull up by the curb
I can make it on the road
I can stop in any street
Invitin' people that we meet
Keep me movin'
Edited by nmoushon, 22 May 2017 - 07:26 AM.