Great American Eclipse 2017
The August 21, 2017 total solar eclipse is being dubbed the Great American Eclipse. That’s because it is the first total solar eclipse to have a path across the continental United States since 1918! In 1979 there was a total solar eclipse that went across parts of Oregon and Washington, but this coming eclipse is definitely a once in a lifetime event!
The Great American Eclipse will cut a path starting from Oregon and crossing the whole continent to Maryland. It is the biggest total solar eclipse that the nation has ever seen, and it will be the most watched event ever.
About 12 million people live in the path of totality (the path the moon’s shadow takes across the country) and another 28 million live within just 60 miles of the path. According to NASA predictions, there could be upwards of 100 million people traveling to that path, causing massive traffic jams, food shortages, and mayhem and havoc not seen since Y2k! Similar to Y2K, however, it’s all predictions, and no one can really say how busy it will be.
What we do know is that campsites and hotel rooms are all booked up across the country, and all sorts of farms, festival grounds, even church parking lots are renting out spaces to RVs and car campers.
This truly is going to be something like we’ve never seen before – I can’t wait! Our family is traveling from Vancouver, Canada down to our relative’s farm just south of Salem, Oregon, and right in the path of totality. We will be leaving a few days early to avoid any of the traffic jams. What are your 2017 Great American Eclipse plans?