Mission: To experience the Solar Eclipse under the path of totality
JC and I were on a mission to experience the great Total Eclipse of 2017…
We rested briefly at a Radisson hotel by the airport, before making an overnight trek (via a rental car) to Rexburg, Idaho ,where we would have the perfect viewing point, directly under the path of totality!
In order to avoid the crazy traffic that was being (accurately) predicted for the day of the eclipse, we started the three hour drive from Salt Lake City to Rexburg, at about one in the morning.
When we got to Rexburg, which is mostly back roads with long stretches of farmland, we joined a large caravan of folks who were camped out in the fields and along the sides of the road. We slept in the car, parked on the side of a long back road, until about sunrise when a man on a quad tapped on our window.
He let us know that if we wanted to, we could pay him 20 bucks to camp in his field.
Apparently, he had predicted the influx of spectators and even set up porta potties for campers to use. It looked like a scene out of Coachella, with all of the campers and tents set up in the middle of nowhere.
Or, he said, we could essentially just keep doing what were doing, which was sleeping in the car, for a few more hours. Since we didn’t bring a tent, we chose the latter.
He was super friendly though and continued to tell us about some of the cool experiences that Rexburg has to offer, like Yellowstone Bear World, an animal sanctuary located not too far from where we were parked.
We thanked him for the helpful advice, managed to fall asleep for a bit longer, and then made our way over to the Bear Park to check it out… you can read about that experience in my last post: Yellowstone Bear World
After watching the Solar Eclipse, we immediately got back in the car and began our drive back to Salt Lake City, where we would catch a flight back to Vegas.
Along the way, we passed quite a few cattle fields, horses, lots of sunflowers, and some really fascinating structures.
Although we generally listen to EDM stations like #Chill, we were feeling nostalgic and hung out on the #GratefulDead station on Sirius for awhile. It was pretty cool because the station was doing an eclipse theme, which fit the mood perfectly!
Apparantely, we could’ve chartered a helicopter…