Day 57 – The Almost-total Eclipse

Today is the solar eclipse and we have overnighted in Boulder with plans to get up to Casper, Wyoming, for the total eclipse.

We’re on the road by 4:30 a.m. By 5:30, we’ve only gone 30-something miles and the traffic is not only intense, people are doing crazy things like using the access road to get a few cars ahead. It’s only supposed to take 4 hours to get to Casper but at this rate, we’re going to miss the eclipse. It’s just not worth it.

Without saying a word, Walt exits the interstate and heads toward Loveland. We find a coffee shop that opens at 5:30 and have some caffeine before heading back to Denver.

We had been planning to head to Walt’s sister and brother-in-law’s house tonight anyway, so we’re just going to show up 10 or 12 hours early and watch the partial eclipse in their back yard.

While we don’t get to see the full eclipse (it’s about 90 percent in Denver), we have a relaxing, totally enjoyable day.

We enjoy a fabulous dinner, including vegetables from Lisa’s garden (I’m envious), which has provided green beans, arugula, and grape tomatoes.

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We staged this photo during the eclipse. I did not drive anywhere while blinded by eclipse glasses. Thanks to Dave and Lisa for the idea and the photo

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