The plan was to go visit Mike's parents in Pasco, Washington and then go down to Oregon to see the total eclipse. By coincidence, Casey and Dorothy were going to be passing through Washington State in their 1982 VW Vanagon Westfalia, so we had a family reunion in the making.
Mike and Sherry arrived in Pasco on August 17th just a few hours before Casey and Dorothy rolled in. We all spent three days in Pasco working on the van and generally hanging out. Hunter would not arrive until a few days later. Sherry rode down to Oregon with Casey and Dorothy on the 19th (the day before the eclipse) while Mike waited a bit for Hunter to arrive at the Pasco airport. Mike and Hunter then joined the rest of the family in Oregon.
|View from Dick and Judy's house just before sunset|
|Casey and Sherry hanging out on the deck|
|Dick and Judy posing with the Westy|
|Dick and Judy, again with the Westy|
|Dick, Judy, Sherry, Dorothy and Casey and, as always, the Westy|
|Hunter and Judy out to dinner.|
|Sherry's hummingbird action shot in Pasco|
|We drove down from Pasco to "Off the Grid Eclipse, Inc." which is about 3 hours normally|
|Our encampment in Oregon. One Westy, two tents. The car we borrowed from Judy and Dick is out of the frame|
|A few porta-johns, and a lot of flat cut grass.|
|This is the campsite at the time of total eclipse. Looks like a sunset, only all the way around.|
The eclipse went from around 10am until noon. After a nice lunch of Spicy Pork Bibimbap sandwiches (thanks, Casey) we rolled back to Pasco. Unfortunately, there was an accident on the only bridge over the Columbia river and we got totally slammed in traffic. It took closer to 7 hours to get home, compared to the 3 hours to get down to Oregon. We looked at this Cruise America RV for about three hours.