On Monday, August 21, 2017, my son and I traveled to Clayton, Georgia to Boy Scout Camp Rainey Mountain to participate in their special event, held to witness the total solar eclipse! We met up with other boy scouts from my son’s troop, and enjoyed viewing the eclipse with about 1,000 people who were there for the event.
It was an absolutely wonderful and amazing experience to be in a zone of totality to view the eclipse, even if rain clouds came through during the last 20 minutes before totality.
Thankfully, we did get to see totality for a few seconds when there was a part in the rain clouds, during totality. The halo around the sun appeared to be lavender in color, through the clouds. It was really neat!
And, when we experienced totality, the sky became really dark, like it was night time. Of course, the rain clouds had already caused it to become dark, though the total eclipse made it significantly dark.
Though we were on the road, driving, for a total of 8.75 hours, plus stopping to eat dinner for 45 minutes, it was well, well worth it to take the day and see the total solar eclipse!
I saw a partial solar eclipse when I was younger, but this was like no eclipse I’ve ever seen before. Again, it was really amazing to see totality and was well-worth the trip. I would do it again if I could, and am so happy that we had the opportunity to go and enjoy seeing the solar eclipse in totality!