THE SUDDEN VILLAGE • August 21, 2017

 

ECLIPSE CAMP 2017
61 intrepid totality hunters ventured to a secluded pristine lake on the Wyoming continental divide near Union Pass, south west of Dubois. “Lake of the Woods” would be the 3-day off-the-grid no-services respite for the mostly total eclipse virgins from Germany, Russia, England, Canada and all over the USA. And for me total #12!
Griffin Huber drone

Griffin Huber drone

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The difference between 95% and 100% totality in eclipses is......10000%!!!

First solar eclipse to sweep coast to coast since 1918!!!

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There it was as hunted by Mark Read our Google Earth explorer who discovered a year earlier this candidate for our eclipse camps from the dozens of lakes and hilltop options across Wyoming right on centerline.  

There it was as hunted by Mark Read our Google Earth explorer who discovered a year earlier this candidate for our eclipse camps from the dozens of lakes and hilltop options across Wyoming right on centerline.  

The month before my old friend pilot Art Hoag got the keys to this "experimental" two-seater to cruise up to recon this good looking option, especially checking out the condition of the road back to the lake. Forest rangers were telling me no RV's would make it.

The month before my old friend pilot Art Hoag got the keys to this "experimental" two-seater to cruise up to recon this good looking option, especially checking out the condition of the road back to the lake. Forest rangers were telling me no RV's would make it.

Jutting rocks and long dips could prove belly rippers for our low hanging fancy RV's!!! Would the undercarriage make it to the lake?

Jutting rocks and long dips could prove belly rippers for our low hanging fancy RV's!!! Would the undercarriage make it to the lake?

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A detail of impressive WE CAN DO THIS crew lead by Jeff Orlowski nuanced the RV's a mile to lakeside camp in 90 minutes!  

A detail of impressive WE CAN DO THIS crew lead by Jeff Orlowski nuanced the RV's a mile to lakeside camp in 90 minutes!  

The courageous RV pilots John & Mark lead by Commodore Swanson gingerly ease back to eclipse lake!!  

Karen Adair

Karen Adair

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Way over there across the lake is eclipse camp!!     Karen Adair

Way over there across the lake is eclipse camp!!     Karen Adair

Crickets

Crickets

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Mama Orlowski leading chinese birthday song to Nona & Michael

Karen Adair stunning long exposure of insane Milky Way at our 9000 ft camp. A verrrry faint meteor can be seen crossing center.  

Karen Adair stunning long exposure of insane Milky Way at our 9000 ft camp. A verrrry faint meteor can be seen crossing center.  

Science educator, magician Eddie Goldstein spellbinds and teaches!!!

Science educator, magician Eddie Goldstein spellbinds and teaches!!!

Paleontologist and TED star Ken Lacovara gives insight to how humans got their lucky break to exist!!  

Paleontologist and TED star Ken Lacovara gives insight to how humans got their lucky break to exist!!  

Eddie Goldstein slumped over shaking his head. "What's wrong Eddie?" "There are 11 shirtless boys out there....AND MY DAUGHTER!!!"

Eddie Goldstein slumped over shaking his head. "What's wrong Eddie?" "There are 11 shirtless boys out there....AND MY DAUGHTER!!!"

Tina Aisner Porter precedes the grand celestial event with a yoga session!!!  

Tina Aisner Porter precedes the grand celestial event with a yoga session!!!  

Blue Angels pilot and motivator John Foley tells stories before totality.

Blue Angels pilot and motivator John Foley tells stories before totality.

Jack & Jackie Harbaugh have the distinction of having both their sons compete against each other as coaches in the Super Bowl!  

Jack & Jackie Harbaugh have the distinction of having both their sons compete against each other as coaches in the Super Bowl!  

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The briefing from MDA on eclipse eve.

The briefing from MDA on eclipse eve.

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jack morris snap

Just as the moon slipped into place my nephew Joey Torrison run up & someone captured this moment.  You can SEE the eclipse not only in his glasses but in my eye.

Just as the moon slipped into place my nephew Joey Torrison run up & someone captured this moment.  You can SEE the eclipse not only in his glasses but in my eye.

Rob Osbourne's brilliant work!!

Rob Osbourne's brilliant work!!

My cousin Jed Morris had never seen a total before.  He shot these brilliant totally pro shots in the St. Louis area and built this composite. I bow to him.  In all my years I've not seen anything quite as striking.  JedsPics.com 

My cousin Jed Morris had never seen a total before.  He shot these brilliant totally pro shots in the St. Louis area and built this composite. I bow to him.  In all my years I've not seen anything quite as striking.  JedsPics.com 

A Commodore's final DUTY...so to speak.  

A Commodore's final DUTY...so to speak.