Here comes the sun again!

We made it out to Central Oregon to view the solar eclipse yesterday. Traffic sounded like it was terrible on I-5 going towards Salem with some still  going towards Madras on Hwy 26, but we went right up the middle on Hwy 224 – the road less traveled. Almost no traffic on the way out! We couldn’t believe it. All the out of towners must have been heading towards the more well known areas. Oregonians and Washington peeps with a few Californians mixed in were filling up all the campsites on the way there, but most of them must have already traveled in the days prior to the eclipse. We were cruisin’ along!

We didn’t have a set destination in mind, but had looked up spots the day before. Olallie Lake was one of them and since traffic was good, we just kept on driving until we got there just before the eclipse.

Cars lined the road near the lake, but we found a spot to park and a little viewing area no one else was in to set up our cameras. It was a bit chilly down by the lake as it was still morning and the sun was already shining less brightly. The sky was getting a bit darker already by the time we got down to the lake and set up our cameras. We even saw a sunset right before totality!

Everyone let out a ‘whoo’ right when it got dark. Mine was a bit delayed as my camera had popped off the tripod right at that moment and I was fumbling around trying to get it back on and ready to take photos. A dog started barking. It got even colder as all went dark. Then all got quiet as we were all watching the corona of the eclipse through our eclipse glasses or camera lens or alternating between both as the case may be.

Wow! Total awesomeness right there. We watched all the way until the whole thing was over even though half the people at the lake took off after it got light out again.

So glad we made it to the center of totality. I’ve seen solar eclipse’s before but have never been right in the middle of one where the world went dark again. Just amazing. Worth the drive into the center of totality just to experience that. A once in a lifetime experience.

 

Just a sliver of the sun
Just a sliver of the sun

 

Total eclipse!
Total eclipse!

 

Peeking out
Peeking out

 

Here comes the sun again!
Here comes the sun again!

 

Almost halfway back again
Almost halfway back again

 

Packman is coming to get all the ghosts out in space!
Packman is coming to get all the ghosts out in space!

 

Don't shout at me.
Don’t shout at me, Mr. Sun

 

Oh.
Oh.

 

Barely a dimple in the surface...
Barely a dimple in the surface…

 

A summer stroll in Oregon City

I had to go out to Oregon City last Friday for a fitting, so I asked my son, Calvin, if he wanted to come along and explore afterwards. He looked bored, so he came along on my mini adventure.

After the fitting was over, we headed over to the VFW parking lot where we started our walk on the historical path to the Oregon City Municipal Elevator Shaft. It was in the 90’s that day, so it was a hot walk with views of the run down, but still fascinating, Blue Heron Paper Company. It is no longer in use, but it’s an interesting eyesore, with lots of character, all the same. The Librarians filmed an episode in season two there.

 

Walkway near the Blue Heron Paper Company
Walkway near the Blue Heron Paper Company

 

Bench along the upper walking path in Oregon City
Bench along the upper walking path in Oregon City

 

The old paper mill
The old paper mill

 

Old spaceship
Old spaceship

There are a few historical houses along the path. Some of  them in better shape than others. Fun to see the old architecture, all the same.

Approaching the elevator shaft, I found myself thinking of The Jetson’s futuristic home because of the rounded shape sticking out in the air.

The photos are fun to look at in the viewing area at the top and in the tunnel at the bottom as they change depending on the angle you are looking at them. There’s always an elevator operator, too. Although, considering he just has to push a button to go up or down, I’m not sure why. He gets asked a lot of questions, so I’m sure he’s brushed up on his knowledge of the surrounding area so he can answer most of the questions coming his way.

We walked out into the town a bit, then turned around and headed back up the elevator and down the path to where we’d parked our car.

 

Futuristic curves and angles
Futuristic curves and angles

 

The tunnel from the elevator
The tunnel from the elevator

 

Willamette Falls
Willamette Falls

 

The elevator shaft in Oregon City
The elevator shaft in Oregon City

 

All in all, a fun day until I rear-ended the lady in front of me in stop and go traffic on my way home. Not a fun way to end my day, but my car looks like only the license plate is sticking out at a funny angle. Unfortunately, the other lady has an imprint of the before mentioned license plate on the back bumper of her only one year old car. I have a bit of whiplash on my neck on one side and down my back about mid-way, and I jammed my thumb into my steering wheel causing a bruise under the nail and banged my knee. Calvin seems to be totally fine.  So really, not a good ending to a good day, but I’m thankful it wasn’t worse.