Although I've been getting excited about the 8/21/17 eclipse for eight years, ever since the July 22, 2009 total eclipse I viewed in China, I've yet to meet anyone with half my enthusiasm about it. I must say, on a forum with a lot of scientific and mathematically gifted people, I'm a little disappointed. I started to feel that nobody in this country really cared except me. Most people who I explain what is special about a total eclipse say, "What's the big deal? I've seen lots of them when I was in school. We all wore special glasses to see it." I then tried to explain the difference between a total eclipse and a partial eclipse but eyes would glaze over faster than when I speak to women about anything. Well, maybe not that fast.
With that attitude, I took my sweet time booking a hotel room. What a mistake! Every hotel room within 100 miles of Rexberg Idaho, where I planned to view it, it booked solid. It seems the softest spot in a very hard market is on Air B&B. You can camp out in people's yards for $200, get a single room in a house for $400. However, I have my eye on this one -- a four bedroom house in Brock Idadho
for $957 including all taxes and fees. Brock is about 20 miles south of the optimal viewing point so it will shave only seconds from the totality time, compared to the optimal center line.
I've been saying since the inception of this site I'd like to have a WoV event to view the eclipse. I think this may be the time to put up or shut up. I'm looking for three or more people to pitch in on sharing that house. I plan to bring a telescope for the viewing and we can have a solid day of fellowship anticipating the big show.
Who is with me? Unless I get enough interest, I think I'll pay $200 to pitch a tent on somebody's lawn or stay somewhere in northern Utah, which you still can. I am looking for at least three solid people who will put up $250 for their own bedroom. What do you say?
For those of you back east, planning to see it more locally, my advice is BOOK NOW. It is only going to get worse later. More information
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