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#26 Duxrule

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Posted 18 August 2017 - 12:07 AM

There are actually two festivals going on next to OSP, one with 30,000 and one expecting 50,000.  Add another 1,000 from OSP, plus all of the bush campers, and you pretty much have about 80,000 more people than should ever be in the Ochoco National Forest, especially at this time of year.  I had OSP tickets, but I cancelled after hearing about how many people were coming.  We're going to have a great time at Indy Goes Dark in Independence.



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Posted 18 August 2017 - 12:35 AM

OSP has become "passe"..been there numerous times...will probably never return..too many "white light Nutzi's" screaming about turning off white lights when Luna's lighting the landscape..then shining their white lights while trying to find there way back to the tent....

 

I know about star party "rules", and comply with them, yet there are too many "in charge individuals" @ these types of gatherings that make the astronomy/astro-imaging experience a total downer...



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Posted 18 August 2017 - 08:26 AM

Traffic just East of Prineville is light and normal this morning (6:15 AM). The ODOT site still shows an icon for delays but they must have just left it there from yesterday because it is wrong.  I expect it to start picking up by late morning and my son will be coming down from Portland mid-day. I will let folks know later what he and I are seeing.

 

Very light smoke here but nothing that would be a problem for the eclipse if it was today.


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Posted 18 August 2017 - 08:53 AM

There are actually two festivals going on next to OSP, one with 30,000 and one expecting 50,000.  

 

 

That is incorrect. There is only the one festival, with 30,000 (Symbiosis), unless you are talking about Madras, but that is hardly "next to" OSP since it is close to two hours away.

 

There is also a smaller one, with 2-3000 folks on a ranch North of Prineville but that too is not "next to" OSP, being an hour distant.

 

Neither the Madras or the one North of Prineville would have had any effect on yesterday's traffic jam - different highways entirely.


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Posted 18 August 2017 - 11:10 AM

OSP has become "passe"..been there numerous times...will probably never return..too many "white light Nutzi's" screaming about turning off white lights when Luna's lighting the landscape..then shining their white lights while trying to find there way back to the tent....

I know about star party "rules", and comply with them, yet there are too many "in charge individuals" @ these types of gatherings that make the astronomy/astro-imaging experience a total downer...

Star Parties are fine for the introduction to astronomy (that's where I got "hooked"), yet when they get over run with socialist rules & cry baby wanna be demands...it basically ruins the premise of the original expected experience.


More than likely you've encountered Authoritarian types, not Socialists, which are at the peace and love hippie venues. :)

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Posted 18 August 2017 - 11:54 AM

Another traffic update for 26 just East of Prineville. Still light traffic at 10:15 AM Friday.

 

The only significant slowdowns being reported at this hour are near Sisters and Santiam Pass due to smoke from fires.

 

As far as the OT white light star party thing, I can understand their position. They either enforce it or they don't, and if they don't, they get heat from

the folks that are serious visual types. Part of going to a good dark sky star party, IMHO. Of course, I am dark in my backyard and image there so turn on

a light whenever I want one and turn it off as required. No longer an issue for me.


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Posted 18 August 2017 - 12:39 PM

 

There are actually two festivals going on next to OSP, one with 30,000 and one expecting 50,000.  

 

 

That is incorrect. There is only the one festival, with 30,000 (Symbiosis), unless you are talking about Madras, but that is hardly "next to" OSP since it is close to two hours away.

 

There is also a smaller one, with 2-3000 folks on a ranch North of Prineville but that too is not "next to" OSP, being an hour distant.

 

Neither the Madras or the one North of Prineville would have had any effect on yesterday's traffic jam - different highways entirely.

 

I guess your didn't hear about the Oregon Eclipse Festival on Big Summit Prairie.  50K are expected at this event, which IS right next to OSP.

 

http://oregoneclipse2017.com/



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Posted 18 August 2017 - 12:44 PM

Thank you for your smoke and traffic updates!

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Posted 18 August 2017 - 12:49 PM

I guess your didn't hear about the Oregon Eclipse Festival on Big Summit Prairie.  50K are expected at this event, which IS right next to OSP.

 

 

 

 

http://oregoneclipse2017.com/

 

That is the same as Symbiosis, they are the organizers and they are only permitted for 30,000. It is on a 50,000 acre ranch, the only 50,000 involved. Never believe Google Maps - it shows festivals by two different names in two different places - they are the same thing and the one marked OregonEclipse2017 is shown where there is nothing happening. The proper location is the one called Symbiosis on Google maps and is near the private lake. Note that if you go to the website highlighted by either Google map location it takes you to the same event website.

 

http://www.bendbulle...in-crook-county

 

Believe what you want, there is ONLY ONE near OSP. I live here, It has been in the news for months.


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Posted 18 August 2017 - 01:09 PM

Thank you for your smoke and traffic updates!

No problem. I am just sitting here at the PC waiting for my imaging system to complete a temp comp focus stability test on the sun as preparation.

 

We are starting to get a plume overhead, probably from the Rebel fire near Sisters. This sort of thing is a total crapshoot and all about the wind.

 

TRAFFIC UPDATE: Now 9:25 PM 8/18 and slightly more than normal traffic but nothing that would slow you down much.

 

SMOKE UPDATE: We  now (3:15 PM 8/18) have an eclipse-destroyer smoke plume directly overhead. You can almost (but not quite) look at the sun w/o a filter. It appears to be slowly drifting South so probably will soon uncover the sun again. Of course, this smoke stuff is about as random as things get and can change very fast with the wind so this means little for the actual eclipse although it remains a threat. This appears to be from what is called the Milli fire, which has grown a lot and shows no sign of control soon:

 

https://inciweb.nwcg.../incident/5517/

 

I will keep updating traffic.


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Posted 18 August 2017 - 06:29 PM

To see the smoke plume in central Oregon, run your computer mouse over the "1-Hr Average Surface Smoke" and "1-Hr Average Vertical Smoke Integration" time bars on the website http://airquality.we...acnorthwest.php .  There is a dark smoke plume pointing SSE.



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Posted 18 August 2017 - 11:58 PM

To see the smoke plume in central Oregon, run your computer mouse over the "1-Hr Average Surface Smoke" and "1-Hr Average Vertical Smoke Integration" time bars on the website http://airquality.we...acnorthwest.php .  There is a dark smoke plume pointing SSE.

Good Site! Thanks



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Posted 19 August 2017 - 12:14 AM

Mckenzie Pass road has been closed, from W to E, & E to W, as well as numerous trails from Elk Lake to the Jefferson wilderness, including the PCT...those  in between on that trail are effectively trapped for now, as well as those inside the Sister wilderness.....

 

They ought to "hunker down" & just stay put...will probably have one of the best Apoceclipse experiences of anyone....

 

kinda wish I was with them.....



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Posted 19 August 2017 - 10:24 AM

TRAFFIC UPDATE: Now 12:42 PM 8/19 (Saturday) and only slightly increased traffic -  on 26 East of Prineville. I would expect it to pick up a lot later today.

SMOKE UPDATE: Smoke here has now cleared out (it did so about 11 PM yesterday).


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Posted 19 August 2017 - 10:52 AM

Great to hear. I'm headed to Bend from Northern California today. Thanks for the updates. 

 

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Posted 19 August 2017 - 11:14 AM

Drove to centerline yesterday in Oregon. Traffic is up 1000 percent from when I was here a month ago. Yep, I was the only non-local on the road then.  Saw ten rigs yesterday!  

 

But definetly more more folks around. Local store ran out of ice cream on Tuesday.  We did get the smoke from Sisters yesterday afternoon.



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Posted 19 August 2017 - 11:26 AM

Anyone in central oregon? (John Day general area)

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Posted 19 August 2017 - 11:53 AM

anyone know which is better for going from I5 towards Sisters (we turn off at Camp Sherman before Sisters):

 

route 22 (and last bit on 20)  or route 20 (adds about 14 miles)?

 

Thanks,

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heading out 5am tomorrow



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Posted 19 August 2017 - 12:06 PM

Yesterday afternoon a few gas stations in Coos Bay had run out of gas already.



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Posted 19 August 2017 - 12:43 PM

At Bates state park. No traffic Friday after we turned off 84 I84 at Hepner junction. Actually saw more buffalos ( on a ranch we passed) then cars. Only traffic was two herds of cows crossing the road

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Posted 19 August 2017 - 03:38 PM

anyone know which is better for going from I5 towards Sisters (we turn off at Camp Sherman before Sisters):

 

route 22 (and last bit on 20)  or route 20 (adds about 14 miles)?

 

Thanks,

Myles

heading out 5am tomorrow

 

Not much difference really. Traffic was not bad today, a friend just came thru there. Some slowdown due to smoke and fire. 

 

Since both Portland and Seattle are North, It could be that 20 might have less traffic.



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Posted 19 August 2017 - 07:00 PM

Made it to Bend. Lots of smoke through Northern California and southern Oregon. Huge smoke plume to the west of Bend but luckily blowing south so Bend is fairly clear. Long traffic backup in LaPine on Hwy 97 but Bend is wide open this evening. No problems with the hotel reservation.

 

I have some some nice dinner reservations tonight so it should be pleasant evening.

 

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Posted 19 August 2017 - 08:09 PM

Heavy smoke south of bend all the way to CA. Zero smoke and light traffic bend to madras.

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Posted 19 August 2017 - 08:43 PM

Basically, traffic here has been much lighter than they were saying and still is. Maybe worse tomorrow, I would bet not.



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Posted 19 August 2017 - 10:22 PM

Milli Fire has continued to grow and threatens Sisters. I would check first before using Hwy 20 to get to Central Oregon, it is possible that it could close.

 

http://kval.com/news...lose-highway-20




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