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Saturday, August 19, 2017

West Coast Eclipse Adventure - Day 3 on the Oregon Coast

With a long day ahead of us, we were up (relatively) early, prepared a hearty breakfast of bacon & eggs in the yurt, said our fond farewells to our "Otter Space" BNB hosts - Peter, Joe, Wendy & crew...

...and set off for the Northern California County of Oregon.

We were only a few miles down the road in Klamath when we we were distracted by the Yurok Tribe Salmon Festival and again ran into Peter & Joe.

 Joe had a booth selling his hand crafted obsidian knives, and I could not resist. After enjoying a bit of the local culture,  tri-tips and venison stew...

... we were again on the road. Transcript of actual road dialog::
Rachel: "J - what was the name of the tribe in Klamath?" 
Jonah: "Yurok, mom." 
Rachel: "Well I think you rock too Jonah...  but what was the name ...."
But I digress. The media was filled with warnings about expected traffic nightmares as millions of Californians stampeded North into the hinterlands of Oregon to view the eclipse.
"Could we really see 1,000,000 people coming to Oregon for the solar eclipse? It’s starting to look that way as Oregon is already experiencing a serious eclipse-related traffic jam. A narrow stretch U.S. Highway 26 had a line of 20 to 30 miles of nightmare traffic on Thursday for a single eclipse event, and Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) spokesperson Dave Thompson recently told TIME magazine."
We did experience traffic along the coastal route, but due to road construction from slides and accidents. We found no eclipse "traffic nightmares" on our route.

Lots of slides along the way

...and occasional accident delays.
It was a long but pleasant drive and too brief an opportunity to be introduced to the beautiful Oregon coast.  Some pics along the way...

Dinner of Oregon oysters and goulash at the only Seafood / German fusion restaurant on the coast. 

The trip over the mountains inland took lees time than we expected. Arrived in Philomath around 9:00.  We are in the path of totality. Now all we need is clear skies.

Friday, August 18, 2017

West Coast Eclipse Adventure - Day 2 on the California Coast

Klamath River at Dusk
The second leg of our West Coast eclipse adventure started with a walk along the Mendocino bluffs, breakfast in the Mendocino Hotel, and enjoying the view from the hotel balcony.

Then it was time to hit the road.

The next destination - a yurt outside of Orick, California. Some pics along the way...

Once we got to Orick we had another hour or so driving back roads to find the "Otter Space" and the yurt on the Klamath that is our lodging for the night.

Our Yurt...
The yurt is clearly based on Time Lord Tardis technology as the inside is much larger than the outside.  So far, so good...

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Eclipse Adventure Begins

Photo by Sigrid - July 11, 1991
In July 1991 Sigrid and I embarked on one of our first great travel adventures together with a trip to Costa Rica. We rented a car in San Jose, drove to the Monteverde cloud forest for a weeklong stay, and then on to the El Ocatel Hotel for another week on the Pacific Coast.

There we were certified as scuba divers by Mario Vargas on our final checkout dive, and dove the Costa Rica coast with bull sharks.

Then and there - on July 11, we hung out by the hotel and watched our first total eclipse of the sun on the bluff overlooking the Gulf De Papagayos.


Yesterday Harlan, Rachel and Jonah arrived from LA on their West Coast college tour and enjoyed a dinner in North Beach.

Today we continue the road trip North with intent of getting in the way of the total eclipse on August 21 in Oregon, where we hope to share the experience with a plethora of relations.

For our first eclipse in Costa Rica, we worried about clouds obscuring the celestial event. We did see clouds as the eclipse began, but they cleared out in time for totality and the picture at the top of the page.

Oregon has a reputation for clouds and fog. We're hoping for the best.

First leg - Mendocino:

First Leg
We had a bit of a late start, but finally hit the road:

Road Trip
Dinner at Trink's in Gualala

First night at the Mendocino Hotel

May the eclipse be with us. Stay tuned...