While I'm taking a break for relaxation and recreation, I've invited some of my fellow writers and bloggers to fill in with guest posts. This week's is from my friend, neighbor and fellow Artworks Second Monday Writers member, Sally Kane. Recently, she and her husband Mark traveled to Kentucky to view the total solar eclipse. Here are Sally's thoughts about the experience.
A Total Eclipse Pilgrimage
Noon. I joined Mark on our shady, makeshift ground cover. We ate a snack and gulped down water. I tested out my safety glasses. The sun was a complete, round, orange ball. I ducked back in the shade. Twelve fifteen. A tiny Pac-Man bite showed in the top right section of the sphere. Someone shouted, "It’s starting!" Over the next half hour, we kept checking. The Pac-Man effect increased and the air began cooling, even though the sun cast shadows. By twelve-forty or so, standing in the sun no longer felt intolerable.
By one p.m., the sun appeared as a slivered, orange crescent. One-fifteen. Like sentries on cue, several hundred people wrapped their eyes in safety glasses, bent their heads back, and stared skyward.
So nice to read. I had hoped to fly down from Maine, but two days before the event the weather forecasts for South Carolina called for clouds. I cancelled, sadly. Truly, an event. Hoping I will be alive for the next one nearer us.
What a lovely account. Wonderful that you got to experience it. Unfortunately Terre Haute was cloudy that day although it did get eerily dark.
Great to see you. Peggy
Thank you, Peggy. I enjoyed our 'cousin rest stop with you' too.
Nice read, Sally! I wasn't interested in a eclipse-watching trip either, until it happened and I wished I'd done it. The upside is I've got lots of time to plan for the next one.
Wonderful description of your experience. I feel as if I was in the field with you. It was a magical event. Being with our yoga pals and other friends on pontoon boats in the Muskegon River was quite extraordinary. Having my feet in the water, grounded in the sand, helped me feel a supreme connection to Our Mother Earth. Thanks for sharing your trip with us.
I was thinking of all my 'yoga sisters' out on that pond. Perfect spot to catch the MI experience.
Nicely written Sally Jo. Thank you for sharing your experience with us. It was lovely on Croton Pond, but i am a bit sorry i did not travel to see totality.. maybe near Detroit next time.
I had fun writing this and felt grateful we could experience it.
Hope you make the next one.
Oh, Sally, what a delightful post on this amazing natural occurrence. I can feel through your words how much this experience meant to you. We had a glimpse of the sun through mostly clouds. I'd nearly forgotten about it until I was working on the laptop and I had trouble seeing the keyboard because I needed a light. That was my aha moment! I ran out in the yard to at least get the "feeling" of the moment. So happy that you had such a wonderful opportunity to share this with your hubby.
Thank you, Janet. Writing it offered me to go to a deeper place. It was fun to do.
Thanks for sharring this
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Nan Sanders Pokerwinski, a former journalist, writes memoir and personal essays, makes collages and likes to play outside. She lives in West Michigan with her husband, Ray.
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