We had the very fortunate experience of living nearby the path of totality during the Solar Eclipse on August 21st, 2017. I know this isn’t an experience that you can travel to and visit again, but since lots of readers may not have lived close to the path of totality, I thought it would be fun to give you a glimpse at what it was like to experience it. Plus, it’s a great way for me to go back and remember it as well!
The path of totality in the St. Louis area had a very narrow path. Up where we live in Florissant, we still would only have had a partial eclipse. The school where I would later be a long term sub was in totality, but opted to take a field trip to a school further south where they would have about 30 seconds longer. We had thought about joining them, but didn’t know if they would have enough solar eclipse glasses to go around. We had tried to find our own pair to bring along, but everywhere we went they were sold out! The wonderful thing was that the seminary was just inside the path of totality and was going to have a party leading up to it and would provide solar eclipse glasses they had ordered ahead of time free of charge, so that’s where we wound up.
When we arrived, the first thing we did was pick up our super cool looking glasses and check out how the sun looked at that moment. Already a small sliver was disappearing from sight.
While we waited for the total eclipse to occur, we were provided with a nice lunch of brats and hot dogs. Of course we also had some fun eclipse themed food such as Sun Chips and an option of Moon Pies, Starbursts, and Milky Ways for dessert. It was fun to sit at the table and see the sky get darker and darker. Even those infamous St. Louis cicadas started humming as if it was late in the evening.
The eclipse itself was short lived as we were on the very edge of the path of totality, but it was very neat to catch a glimpse of the crescent shaped shadows we had been told to watch for as we decided to head back for home.
Overall it was a neat experience, even if it didn’t last long. It is fun to be able to say that I was truly in the path of totality for the eclipse.
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