Go get under the shadow! We are staying 30 minutes outside the eclipse path and will drive to our chosen spot early Mon. AM. Lodging should be easy to find an hour or so off the path.
There has been a great deal of hoopla and hand-wringing about the millions of folks who will be there in the eclipse path but I have a problem with these predictions. No such crowds ever showed up for a total eclipse in the history of mankind so I doubt very much this one will be all that different. Human behavior tends to be pretty consistent over time and the eclipse that crossed central Europe 18 years ago from Paris to Istanbul, with a similar population in close proximity saw no such crowds or traffic jams. I will plan for the worst but fully expect few to be on the road at 7am near the path of totality. We will take a picnic and find a nice public park to enjoy the show.
Beg to differ! We were caught in an incredible traffic jam in November, 1966 in Peru as much of the city of Lima poured out of it onto the main highway to get to the low-lying Andean hills, a half hour away. Made sense as Lima is on the coast, which is socked in with clouds literally close to 10 months of the year (Humboldt current). Tens of thousands experienced totality in their cars in a traffic jam! We made a U-turn, and returned to the city where, wouldn't you know it, it was crystal clear! We experienced the rest of the eclipse from our rooftop!
Still, an amazing experience!
Moral of the story: Better to expect the worst, plan for it, and be pleasantly surprised than be stuck in traffic for what will be a once in a lifetime event (or, twice). Arrive a day early, leave hours beforehand to the site, etc.
Edited by Roger Corbett, 24 July 2017 - 08:18 AM.