We scouted several days in advance and decided to view the eclipse from a viewpoint on route 70 with a great view to the west.
Lots of other people had the same idea. It was like a 4th of July tail gate party. People sharing food and viewing lenses.
We had sent for some inexpensive filters and experimented with them in advance.
They aren't the best but they do the job. You can even pick out some sunspots.
As the sun progressed behind the moon it got progressively cooler.
Now! It didn't get dark as I understand it does in a total eclipse, not even as dark as a cloudy day but it was great to see.
Soon the sun moved out from behind the moon and people packed up and left, a brief event, a brief community of observers and then it was over.
Hubby and I are hooked, though. We hope we can view the total eclipse in 2017. The path for that will start in northern Oregon crossing the nation and ending in South Carolina.
Find more views of the sky at SkyWatch, Friday; hosted for us by Sandy and Sylvia