D Vautier 12/2017
The Great Eclipse Odyssey
I believe that our three day trip to the eclipse was somewhat like the odyssey full of monsters, Cyclopes, and moving mountains. But it was in fact an experience well remembered for more than one reason. It was an event I have been planning for over a year and was well worth every second.
Our site choice was Lime, OR. just south of Baker
All went well on our first day’s drive on Sunday to Kennewick, but WSDOT, (washdot), (Washington department of transportation) got into lots of trouble because they had not planned for increased westbound traffic on I-90. They did get it all straight by Monday and Tuesday.
On Sept 21st we left at 4 a.m. for the 200 mile drive to Lime. It went without a single slowdown but we decided to stop at the Weatherby Rest Stop along I-84 about 25 miles south of Baker Or., which gave us about 5 seconds less totality than Lime. We got there 2 hours before eclipse. The skies were totally clear and the day was perfect. The place was packed and everybody was having lots of fun. There were unicycles and bagpipes. The lines for the restrooms stretched out for a good 45 minutes.
The eclipse was absolutely heavenly.
We started back north when I suddenly realized I had lost my wallet so we turned around. My heart sank because I had walked all over that rest area and had no idea but to retrace all my steps. But I did have a hunch. Because of the long restroom lines I had snuck into the bushes to relieve my bladder so the first thing I did was took there. I found my wallet lying on the ground in front of me. What an incredibly lucky break.
We started north again and were immediately caught
in two long backups, about an hour each.
There had been no prior warning about these slowdowns.
Worse yet there was no need for these lane closures.
The work could have been easily put off for a day.
It seems like Oregon
just did not like
Our next big obstacle came soon after.
Flashing lights told us that the
We wound up sitting on hwy 730 for an hour with a
thousand cars behind us and a thousand cars in front and the
He next day driving back to Seattle was uneventful.