Are You Traveling to View the Solar Eclipse

17 Aug

On the Porch

Onisha Ellis

 

Wednesday at breakfast with friends, the discussion naturally turned to the August 21, 2017 Solar Eclipse. Our small town in North Carolina is in the path of totality. Two weeks ago before we left to spend some time in Florida, the eclipse conversation centered around who had family coming and where to get protective glasses. It was relaxed and casual conversation.

 

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This week the conversation was completely different as my friends shared the stories they had been hearing about the event and the crowds. I decided it would be good to share some thoughts from a local for those traveling to view the eclipse.

The most surprising thing I learned was that some restaurants would not be opening on Monday citing not enough freezer space to stock up and uncertainty of staff’s ability to get to work.

SUGGESTION ONE: DON’T DEPEND 100% ON PURCHASING MEALS IN RESTAURANTS. BRING SNACKS, PROTEIN BARS, FRUIT ETC. IF YOU ARE SPENDING THE NIGHT, BRING A COOLER WITH MILK, JUICE  AS WELL AS BREAKFAST FOODS LIKE CEREAL OR POP TARTS. DON’T FORGET PAPER PRODUCTS LIKE BOWLS, CUTLERY AND PAPER TOWELS. 

There are rumors that some accommodations are charging exorbitant rates, if you can find a room at all.

SUGGESTION TWO: IF YOU DON’T HAVE RESERVATIONS, DECIDE WHAT YOUR OPTIONS ARE. WOULD YOU BE WILLING TO SLEEP IN YOUR CAR?

I am already seeing signs advertising their parking fees. A local flea market is charging $6.00 to park and another business is charging $20.00. I will not be surprised to see higher prices on the day.

SUGGESTION THREE: BE PREPARED FOR UNEXPECTED EXPENSES SUCH AS PARKING. I SUSPECT LOCAL ATM MACHINES WILL BE DEPLETED QUICKLY.

Our community is having fun events including a free concert by Mountain Faith, but as we discussed the predicted crowds and clogged roads, the consensus at the table was that we were are all staying home to view the eclipse. If we get brave, we may venture out for some of the activities on the weekend.

SUGGESTION FOUR: KEEP YOUR GAS TANK TOPPED OFF SO THAT YOU WON’T HAVE TO WORRY IF YOU ARE CAUGHT IN SLOW MOVING TRAFFIC.

One article I read about the eclipse made three very practical points. It is August and it will be hot.Dress accordingly including sunscreen. You will need water and you will also need to consider the lack of bathroom facilities, especially in roadside parking. i am not sure how to remedy the last one.

SUGGESTION FIVE: BE SURE TO BRING ENOUGH WATER TO MAKE IT THROUGH A WARM DAY AND SCOUT OUT BATHROOMS NEAR YOUR VIEWING AREA.

I hope you don’t mind the caps and bold lettering in my suggestions. I did it for those who need a quick read, without the chatter. I am excited about the eclipse. I already have commemorative T-shirts for my family and will be stocking up on groceries for our family members who begin arriving tomorrow. I  feel incredibly blessed to be living in the path of totality. Wherever you view the eclipse, savor the time with family and friends, make memories and keep in mind that even stressful bumps in the experience often turn into favorite family tales.

 

Click her for More tips from our county Facebook page.

 

5 Responses to “Are You Traveling to View the Solar Eclipse”

  1. divoran09 August 17, 2017 at 3:57 pm #

    I’ve decided not to come after all. s.m.i.l.e

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  2. itsrebekahlyn August 17, 2017 at 8:30 am #

    Good tips & reminders for an enjoyable experience. I’m looking forward to it.

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  3. Danny Kemp August 17, 2017 at 6:14 am #

    Some very sensible suggestions. I hope you get to experience it and enjoy it, Onisha.

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    • Onisha Ellis August 17, 2017 at 8:12 pm #

      It is going to be interesting from a people watching point of view. At the local McDonalds today, the senior citizen aged cashier expressed a fear of riots. She said, this is the deep south and we move slower here. I am worried people will become upset and angry. Isn’t it sad that she would have that fear?

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