Many will remember in 2017 when the total solar eclipse was the talk of the summer for those living in or traveling to Oregon. And for good reason, as the “path of totality” went right through the center of the state. It was a once in a lifetime opportunity to view in Oregon (although total solar eclipses occur somewhere on Earth every 18 months on average, they recur at any given place only once every 360 to 410 years). Likewise, another incredible celestial event is on the horizon, this time an annular solar eclipse, which is also a once in a generation event.
An annular solar eclipse occurs when the moon passes in front of the sun, but unlike a total solar eclipse where the moon completely covers the sun, an annular eclipse occurs when the moon appears slightly smaller than the sun leaving a small ring of the sun visible to viewers often referred to as the “ring of fire”. Jim Todd, director of space education at OMSI in Portland says “The experience is awe-inspiring, beautiful, amazing, and right here in our own backyard.”
Much of Klamath County is in the path of totality, providing spectators with the perfect vantage points to view this unique phenomenon. Here are some tips and tricks for planning your trip: (still link the “planning your trip”)
Klamath County is home to roughly 70,000 people and the eclipse is expected to draw in anywhere between an additional 20,000-60,000 people which means there is likely to be a lot of congestion on roadways, wait times for restaurants and services, and in general just a lot of newcomers to the area so patience will be required and will make your trip more enjoyable!
Some of the areas that may be prime viewing spots will be private property. Please be respectful and respect all posted signs.
It’s likely that with so many people in the county services that we depend on could take longer than usual. It is a good idea to be prepared and come stocked with essentials. A full tank of gas, potable water and non-perishable snacks, fully charged devices and/or extra batteries, and cash in case of bandwidth struggles and credit card terminals are taking longer than usual.
ENJOY THE MOMENT
For many this will be a once in a lifetime event. Slow down, be prepared and enjoy the moment!