THROWBACK THURSDAY: Eclipse Road Trip
Road trips are always a great idea. And if you have the chance to share them with a wonderful group of friends, they're even better.
Last weekend we set off to Wisconsin Dells for a birthday celebration and extended our adventure a day to get into the Path of Totality for the amazing opinion of catching a glimpse of the most spectacular 2.5 minutes you could imagine: the solar eclipse.
From the Dells, we headed to Des Moines for the evening. The trip was not too long, but five adults in a car with no AC makes it seem all the more adventurous.
Of course, you'll need ample snacks, beverages, games, and a gum buffet while road tripping.
Once in Des Moines, we cleaned up, had a well deserved drink, and headed to dinner. There a music festival right outside our hotel.
We dined at RoCA downtown. It was incredible! A fantastic treat after a long day cooped up in the car.
On Monday, we started off on our way toward a good viewing spot for the eclipse. Our plan ended up changing several times and we added another 1.5 hours onto the trip to ensure a storm-free and mostly clear spot. And had a little fun along the way.
Originally planning on Lincoln, Nebraska, we ended up just outside of Kansas City, Missouri instead.
We found a small park we're we hunkered down for the event.
At about 1 PM, it began.
When it happened, it was definitely more incredible than my camera could capture. It got way darker and I'm guessing the temperature dropped about ten degrees!
After the amazing sight, we headed home...along with everyone else from the Midwest. Traffic was terrible, so we took some breaks and had another delightful dinner...tab RoCA once again. It's just that good!
The trip entailed many hours spent in the car and a lot of last minute decisions based on weather patterns and predictions. But it's absolutely true that it's as good as the company you keep and we were fortunate enough to have the very best. The eclipse was stunning but the memories and laughs are what I will remember the most fondly.