We got to see the total solar eclipse on the 21st. It was quite an experience!
We left our home around 9:30 am, wanting to miss the anticipated traffic as we drove to where the eclipse would be total (we weren’t quite in the path of totality). We didn’t actually have a plan for where exactly we would watch the eclipse, but in God’s providence, it worked out pretty well. Some friends of ours had invited us to come up to their friends’ farm to watch the eclipse, though we didn’t immediately take them up on their offer. While we were driving through town, we drove past some other friends. Mom called them up and asked where they were headed. Like us, they were just planning to head to the Cuba area.
Well, we ended up going to our friends’ friends’ place, with our friends, and their friends. When we got there, there was even more people 🙂 Our hosts were very gracious, and we were so thankful that God provided such a nice place to watch the eclipse – it was much, much better than going to some city park.
We enjoyed a picnic lunch on the lawn as the eclipse was just starting. You couldn’t tell that anything was happening unless you looked at the sun with your eclipse-glasses. As the moon covered more and more of the sun, the lighting gradually became very odd. But without looking through eclipse-glasses, you couldn’t really tell that the moon was going in front of the sun. It was amazing how much light even just a sliver of sun gives. And the difference between a partial and total solar eclipse is, truly, the difference between day and night.
As the moon covered the very last sliver of sun, it got dark very fast. When the eclipse was total, it was dark as night. And you could definitely tell, without eclipse-glasses, that the moon was in front of the sun. It was awe-inspiring!
“When I look at your heavens, the work of your fingers,
the moon and the stars, which you have set in place,
what is man that you are mindful of him,
and the son of man that you care for him?”
Wow! How great is our God!
This is minutes after totality, when just a sliver of sun is not covered by the moon.
We took route 66 on our way back home, as there was lots of traffic on the interstate.
To top off the day, our friends invited us to this lake. It was really nice – no one else was there, and the water was almost warm! We enjoyed an evening of swimming, boating, and tubing, then pizza at their house.