We've been planning to get in range of the total eclipse for several months now. We narrowed to the Lake Marion area of South Carolina, since it's directly south of where we live, only a few hours away, and has lots of road space in and out (except this bridge right here which they shut down for fear of it collapsing). We just arrived here at our staging hotel in Florence SC, with the plan to drive down the rest of the way first thing in the morning.
I must say, I look pretty hawt in my eclipse glasses.
And they really do actually work - it's completely black unless you're staring right at the sun, where you can see just the disc. perfect for watching until the totality, when we get to take them off, and for about 2.5 minutes, stand in the shadow of the moon while the sun's corona blazes around it. I'm told it's a thrill like dropping in a parachute, and it's best experienced in a crowd - a good thing, because record numbers of people are expected everywhere within the totality zone.
But my family is just nerdy enough that it was a complete no-brainer deciding to make this a trip. A thing you need special glasses for? For which you have to research and map plans for sleeping and staging and then make backup plans to accommodate for variables in weather and traffic? That is an astronomical event the likes of which we will never see again in our lifetimes? Sign.Us.Up. This is one of those things that I would regret not making an effort to go see for myself.
I'll never be a sports fan enough to visit arenas more than a handful of times, I expect, and I've never loved any band with a following large enough to go to a concert in one. But I'm actually eager to go outside and stand in 90+ degree heat with hundreds or thousands of other watchers - strangers all - so I can see the sun for just a few prize moments dip entirely out of view in the middle of the day. I can't wait for tomorrow!