You will receive a 3"x3" photography flipbook of the Aug 21st, 2017 Total Solar Eclipse viewing from Salem, OR. On the reverse side will be another photography flipbook of the January 31st, 2018 lunar eclipse from Los Angeles, CA.
August 21st, 2017: The day of the Great American Solar Eclipse. Hundreds of thousands of people were expected to descend upon Salem, Oregon to experience totality -- and I was determined to be one of them.
Skies were expected to be clear, so I bought my plane tickets in advance. I took off from LAX at midnight, and landed in Portland
3am. I rented a comfy Ford Focus and drove an hour to Salem. Traffic was good. I stopped at a gas station to pick up some water and orange Gatorade.
4am. I was about to reach my planned viewing destination, but was blocked off by a park ranger.
"Sorry, we're all filled up," she said. "You're gonna have to try some other parks."
She listed off a few possible open locations, but I had my doubts. Great. Time to explore Salem for an East facing open sky. That shouldn't be too hard right?
I drove around some more, and used Google Maps to eventually settle on a nice private residential area hillside with some houses scattered around. I parked along some intersecting roads, got out of my car, and went straight for the grassy hillside to empty out some liquids.
5am. I looked at the clear night sky, and noticed the Milky Way setting to the West. Living in Los Angeles, a clear starry night sky is something I missed dearly. I could've napped... or I could take some pictures. I came all the way to Salem to take pictures of the sky and document my experience. This was not the time to sleep.
I let my camera run some timelapses of the setting Milky Way
6am. By now the stars were gone, and I was thinking about sleeping. I hadn't slept all night and was definitely feeling fatigued. But... the sun was about to rise. So I turned my camera to the East, and watched the sunrise.
6:50am I knew the start of the eclipse was set for 9am. That gave me 2 hours to take a zzzzzz....
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