Fortunately our dirt road idea paid off. The further we went the fewer people we saw pulled over to the side of the road and we found our perfect spot way out on the Wyoming high plains. Far from any town. Far from the crowds we knew were in Jackson Hole, Lander, Casper, and anywhere else that might have a hotel and a gas station.
The eclipse shadow approached us from the northwest but the crazy thing was how much light there was to the south and east! The temperature easily dropped 10 to 12 degrees. We stared up into the sky with our solar glasses covering our eyes and watched the thinnest sliver of sunlight disappear. The instant the moon blocked the sun everything went black since the glasses are so dark. But the second we took the glasses off and realized what we were seeing – it was a shock of spectacular!
Looking at the corona, seeing the sphere of light, knowing the sun should be blinding us but witnessing the total eclipse in its place was stunning. Where do you look to take it all in? Look around you to take in light you’ve never seen before? Look up at the sun and the moon and the corona that you’ve never seen before? Take a picture to record it the best you can? Sit still and only look up?
Once the eclipse was over and comprehension slowly came around we realized how special an event this was. Perhaps it will be a once in a lifetime event for me. Maybe. I understand how people become total eclipse chasers. The few minutes you have to take it all in is not enough. For now I can only dream of it for more of it.
About half way home we realized it would have been crazy not to make the effort to see it.