Last August I knew nothing about Eclipses. I wouldn’t have been able to tell you how an eclipse occurred, why it was such a spectacle or that Eclipse Chasers even existed. But here I am a year on, waiting in anticipation for the 21 August 2017 Great American Total Solar Eclipse.
This March I experienced my first Total Solar Eclipse in the Faroe Islands. ‘Experienced’ being the key word, as I didn’t see the eclipse, we were unfortunately clouded out and this is considered by many to be a disaster. However, I tell a different story as I felt the temperature drop, I watched the birds nest back in the trees and I saw the area around me plummet into darkness. I experienced something incredible, something that made me stand still in awe of the magnitude of the event that was encompassing me.
I soon went from not truly grasping the reason behind this ‘hobby’ to appreciating what it means to be an Eclipse Chaser. Along with feeling the glory of totality, you have a great sense of international community joined by one magnificent event. You are provided with an opportunity to travel to destinations all over the world, sometimes unusual, exotic and remote, experiencing the cultures and traditions of the country which is lucky enough to have the route of totality across it.
Today marks two years until the Great American Eclipse that will take place on 21 August 2017 and I will be viewing from Jackson Hole, Wyoming, with the spectacular Grand Teton ranges as my setting. This destination has been described by many as the one of the most dramatic location to view the eclipse in the United States and one that is predicted to bring in crowds of viewers.
Viewing this eclipse in beautiful Wyoming, means I will get to visit an iconic destination, one which has been on my bucket list for years. While there, I will explore the wonders of Yellowstone National Park, feeling the spray from explosive geysers, I’ll taste the classic American cuisine and if I gain enough courage I may even take part in the abundance of adrenaline based activities available such as Snake River Rafting. Or I may take it easy, breathing in the fresh mountainous air, taking a few hikes in the surrounding areas, learning more about the fruitful wildlife and hopefully spotting a bear or two!
This will be my second Total Solar Eclipse and I am so excited that this Astronomical event is providing me with such an awesome opportunity to travel to a life-long dream destination, to be adventurous, immersing myself in a different culture and being surrounded by people sharing the same excitement and anticipation in viewing such an amazing natural phenomena
I’m starting to see the uncontrolled appeal of being an Eclipse Chaser - you get the whole package!