2017 Solar Eclipse - 8.21.17

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Postby tourist504 on Mon Jul 03, 2017 4:54 pm

I booked a hotel room last year in downtown Nashville for the upcoming eclipse, and it is officially right around the corner. We are driving there from NOLA on Friday, spending the weekend, and picking out a good spot to watch the event on Monday.

From what I can see we will get appx. 2min10sec of totality from Nashville, but 2min40sec just an hour or so north of Nashville. Anyone have recommendations for place in central Tennessee we can drive to for 30 seconds more of totality?
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Postby shoeless on Mon Jul 03, 2017 5:03 pm

EDIT* Forget this advice. Just saw you'll only get 55s.

Are you looking for a family/learning environment?
I'm not sure about the extra 30 seconds, but Land between the Lakes is an hour and a half northwest. They have a lot going on for the eclipse. https://landbetweenthelakes.us/solar-eclipse-2017/

That'd be the best spot I can think of.
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Postby stuckeyc on Mon Jul 03, 2017 10:29 pm

think i will be taking it in at carhenge in nebraska with the kiddos. kinda cool
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Postby fredo on Mon Jul 03, 2017 10:40 pm

tourist504 wrote:From what I can see we will get appx. 2min10sec of totality from Nashville, but 2min40sec just an hour or so north of Nashville. Anyone have recommendations for place in central Tennessee we can drive to for 30 seconds more of totality?


I think an hour north puts you in Kentucky. And you don't want that. Not during an eclipse you don't.
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Postby sandman77 on Mon Jul 03, 2017 10:45 pm

tourist504 wrote:I booked a hotel room last year in downtown Nashville for the upcoming eclipse, and it is officially right around the corner. We are driving there from NOLA on Friday, spending the weekend, and picking out a good spot to watch the event on Monday.

From what I can see we will get appx. 2min10sec of totality from Nashville, but 2min40sec just an hour or so north of Nashville. Anyone have recommendations for place in central Tennessee we can drive to for 30 seconds more of totality?

Portland TN is the northern most town in central TN. i believe it, Gallatin, & Hendersonville will have some of the longest times.
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Postby agr719 on Wed Jul 05, 2017 9:07 am

I grew up right outside of Gallatin (in Castalian Springs), so my wife and I are planning to head back to my family's farm for this. It's always been the plan, but now we will have a 1 month old baby with us, so hopefully we can still stick to that. Just the fact that it's happening right where I'm from is unbelievable, so I'm really hoping we're able to make it down.
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Postby fredo on Wed Jul 05, 2017 9:52 am

That's very cool. It'd be a story for the kid's lifetime if you did make it.
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Postby tourist504 on Wed Jul 05, 2017 10:25 am

We may just stay in Nashville for it. Maybe find a nice park nearby to picnic in and wait it out. Any recommendations there?
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BlakeAronson wrote:This one is just big enough, but not too overwhelming in size.

jordachep wrote::drool: Can't believe the size. I want this so bad.

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Postby applehead on Wed Jul 05, 2017 12:53 pm

I'll be camping in Wyoming for this. Been looking forward to this for 6 years.
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Postby agr719 on Wed Jul 05, 2017 1:38 pm

Everyone be sure to get your eye protection!

http://www.eclipse2017.org/glasses_order.htm
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Postby tourist504 on Wed Jul 05, 2017 1:46 pm

Mine came in last week, along with a super gaudy poster! Plus we are staying at a hotel just a block or two from Hatch Show Print. Hoping they are putting together something cool for the eclipse.

Also looking for general travel advice/recommendations for our first trip to Nashville. Restaurants and such...
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maden wrote:I would like to see a 16"+ diameter tube.

BlakeAronson wrote:This one is just big enough, but not too overwhelming in size.

jordachep wrote::drool: Can't believe the size. I want this so bad.

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Postby Vorpel on Wed Jul 05, 2017 6:14 pm

agr719 wrote:Everyone be sure to get your eye protection!

http://www.eclipse2017.org/glasses_order.htm


Thanks for the link!
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Postby Vorpel on Wed Jul 05, 2017 6:17 pm

fredo wrote:That's very cool. It'd be a story for the kid's lifetime if you did make it.


I'm 46 and I still remember the total eclipse when I was in grade school.

Can't wait to share this one with my son!
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Postby shoeless on Wed Jul 05, 2017 7:10 pm

Many REIs also have sunglass/viewing kits. They might be online too.
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Postby dryerase on Wed Jul 05, 2017 7:32 pm

I'm heading up to Oregon to hang with some family the few days before and we're planning to watch somewhere North of Bend. I booked my hotel almost a year ago and they were already starting to sell out!
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