Tuesday, August 22, 2017

38 Years Later: Full Solar Eclipse

The last full solar eclipse visible from the United States was 38 years ago.

38 years!!!

Most of us don't remember anything, and many of us weren't even born. This latest eclipse, then, was a major event. The path of totality was rather thin, and there were many rumors that traffic to reach the path would be terrible. Here are some of the statements I heard:

  • "Oh, a five hour drive? Ha! Make that fifteen. The traffic is going to be insane!"
  • "I don't envy you that road congestion."
  • "Oh, you should've left Tuesday, if you're going. There's already a 30 mile slowdown."
  • "Eh. I'll just stay right here and see the partial eclipse. Who needs to go through all that trouble?"
This small path ran along the US as shown below, in this photo from Eclipse2017.org:

I can definitely see why so many people were dissuaded from trying to find a point along the path. That's a tiny band, and the sweet spot was located along that itty-bitty blue line along the center of it. Well, these two green boots were made for opportunities like this!

We went to Lincoln City, Oregon on August 21st, and stayed overnight at the Chinook Wind Casino resort. It's a great place along the beach, which means spectacular viewing.


Lincoln City was also the first place in the United States that got to see totality. Score!!!

Image via lincolncityeclipse.com
I actually did expect a bit of a slowdown getting there, so you can imagine my shock when there was no abnormal traffic to speak of.


It was a nice, peaceful, uneventful drive. Aside from a few businesses advertising eclipse glasses, you wouldn't know anything out of the ordinary was happening at all.

Of course, the next morning was different. I woke up to a parking lot full of vehicles, including two news vans.

Now, the wait from the point at which the eclipse began (roughly 9:04 am) until the eclipse reached totality (roughly 10:16 am) was a bit long.

So what did people actually do to pass the time?

Well, many just... sat there... waiting. This was a bit too much sitting for someone like me that needs to keep moving, so I ran around, looking to see just how many people were there, what they were doing, how they were feeling, etc.

Some people chose a spot on the beach, which seems like a good idea, but... beaches along the Pacific Northwest have a tendency to be covered in fog.
The fog was really working at becoming a rainbow!
While this fog does look beautiful at times, it's still not the greatest for eclipse viewing. The moisture gets on your glasses, and it's... chilly! I was up at the parking lot with the majority of people.

And it's a good thing I was!

Had I been anywhere else, I may have missed what was undeniably a sight worth seeing. In order to pass the time while waiting for totality, one group of people danced! It definitely broke the monotony of all those... sitting... people.

These dancers really livened the mood, making an extraordinary event even more amazing!

And the view of the sun throughout the process? Completely worth every moment.

Here's what I saw at about halfway through the event.
And this is what it looked like just a few minutes before totality.

And what did we see during those two minutes of total eclipse? 

I did mention it was foggy, right? 
At this point, the eclipse glasses were worthless. With the sun completely covered, the glasses couldn't even track the thin outline. The photo above was taken without a lens, so the camera faced the full impact of light bouncing off of the fog.

Even so...

The world darkened, The casino's outdoor lights turned on, and the crowd cheered. Hearts were racing, and everyone seemed to join together in a single, indescribable joy.

Did you make it to the path of totality? Tell us about it in the comments below. And while you're at it... head to the Green Boots Facebook page and post your pics for everyone to enjoy!

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Green Boots Changeover: On Schedule!

I wanted to give everyone one huge, wonderful, and happy-making update on the progress of switching over Even Green Boots Leave Trails to its new, revived form. 

Everything is on Schedule!!!

You've probably noticed the name switch: Two Green Boots. While the name Even Green Boots Leave Trails definitely fits this blog, it's a wee bit long (ok... really long), and therefore hard to remember. Furthermore, trying to type that name into an address bar can be a great exercise in patience. Two Green Boots, however, flows much more easily, and is less likely to inflict an extreme case of Typo Terror.


The name has been changed, a new logo has been created (Two green boot... prints!), DIY and article ideas are being researched, broken links are being mended, I'm in the process of making this theme responsive on mobile devices, and everything is on schedule...

...even though I'm in the process of moving into a new home, again!

Like I said previously, I've really missed you guys. I look forward to once again seeing your comments and reading your emails. You mean quite a bit to me, and some of you even helped inspire blog posts that I never would have written otherwise. 

You rock!

So now it's your turn, since this blog was created with you in mind. Send me an email, or reply in the comments below to give your opinion on what should be done. 
  • What environmental issues are most important to you, right now? 
  • What items do you want to re-purpose? 
  • What home remedies are you interested in, but unsure of? 
  • What visual properties of this website need a design change?

What changes do you want to see happen with Two Green Boots?