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…

 

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A one hour tour on the Sternwheeler

Somehow I got left behind on my parent’s excursion to the Gorge with my Auntie Carol on Friday. I guess I wasn’t moving fast enough in the morning and they assumed I wasn’t coming. But in reality, I was trying to get my buns moving and out the door so I could go on an adventure. Instead, I’m calling over there trying to figure out if they’re waiting for me and no one is answering their phones. I got left behind. I was a bit bummed. They must have assumed since I wasn’t bright eyed and bushy tailed in the morning that I didn’t want to go. So, I’m not a morning person. I was up. I was moving. I was trying to get my little butt out the door. But nope, the early birds were out to get some worms, apparently.

 

 

Life preserver on the Sternwheeler
Life preserver on the Sternwheeler

 

And then, just when I was thinking it was after noon and my other Auntie should be up by now and maybe I should call over to the hotel and see if Auntie Leilani and Uncle Bill were up and wanting to do something, my phone starts ringing. They’re calling me. Ready to go on an adventure. Can you believe it? So, off we head to the Gorge several hours behind my parents and Auntie Carol. I tried texting the early bird expedition to see where they were, but didn’t get an answer while we were on our way there.

 

The captains cabin
The captains cabin

 

We decided we were going out to the Sternwheeler to see Sasquatch and the Sacagawea  statue. We passed by the East-Wind drive in, looked right over at it and noted that we were going by the ice cream place. Then kept on going to the next road down to Marine Park and the stuff we wanted to see. As we are getting ready to board the boat, I finally get a text back from my Auntie Carol that they had just left the ice cream place and were on their way home. We’d passed right by them and didn’t even see them!

 

You can ring my bell
You can ring my bell

 

So, off we went on a one hour cruise (Yes, if you must know,  I’m singing that to the Gilligan’s Island theme song tune. Feel free to join in!)

 

Look to the sky
Look to the sky

 

Supposedly there were dolphins in the river. But they were just old pilings or poles used to support fishing nets. What a disappointment. Auntie Leilani and I heard the word ‘dolphins’ and were hoping we’d see real live ones. Or at least some pretend ones jumping out of the water for us to see.

 

Life boat
Life boat

 

Apparently, Pocohontas lived on one of the little islands in the river. She got there by way of the zip lines on the Washington river side by putting her hair over the lines and then zipping down.

 

The prow
The prow

 

Auntie Leilani and Uncle Bill would make great tour guides. They came up with all sorts of funny little side stories for what we were seeing off the side of the boat.

 

The side deck of the Sternwheeler
The side deck of the Sternwheeler

 

So, it sucks to be left behind. But you never know when a new adventure is waiting for you just around the corner!

 

End of the cruise
End of the cruise

 

Sometimes, you’ve just gotta roll with the punches!

 

Take life the way it comes at you quote
Take life the way it comes at you quote

 

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