THROWBACK THURSDAY: Eclipse Road Trip

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.  

 Michelle and James both have summer birthdays...those lucky Leo's. 

Michelle and James both have summer birthdays...those lucky Leo's. 

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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. 

 Photo tip: if someone is too short to fit in the shot, simply make them jump. Works every time and looks completely natural.  

Photo tip: if someone is too short to fit in the shot, simply make them jump. Works every time and looks completely natural.  

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Of course, you'll need ample snacks, beverages, games, and a gum buffet while road tripping. 

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Once in Des Moines, we cleaned up, had a well deserved drink, and headed to dinner. There a music festival right outside our hotel. 

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We dined at RoCA downtown. It was incredible! A fantastic treat after a long day cooped up in the car.  

 Lobster and corn bisque...a highlight of the trip. 

Lobster and corn bisque...a highlight of the trip. 

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. 

 James looking dapper in a very on-trend helmet. You'll be seeing a lot of this this fall season, I'm sure.  

James looking dapper in a very on-trend helmet. You'll be seeing a lot of this this fall season, I'm sure.  

 Storms brewing in Osceola, Iowa.  

Storms brewing in Osceola, Iowa.  

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Originally planning on Lincoln, Nebraska, we ended up just outside of Kansas City, Missouri instead.  

 Eagerly peering out the moonroof for our first glimpse.  

Eagerly peering out the moonroof for our first glimpse.  

We found a small park we're we hunkered down for the event.  

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 Safety and style first!

Safety and style first!

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At about 1 PM, it began.  

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 Crescent shaped shadows formed on the sidewalks through the leaves.  

Crescent shaped shadows formed on the sidewalks through the leaves.  

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!

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 That teeny-tiny black spec near the top left corner is a bat! It got that dark! 

That teeny-tiny black spec near the top left corner is a bat! It got that dark! 

 Proud survivors of Eclipse 2017.  

Proud survivors of Eclipse 2017.  

 Playing around at the park and James is so triumphant after scaling the rock wall (he may or may not have been able to touch the top with both feet securely on the ground). 

Playing around at the park and James is so triumphant after scaling the rock wall (he may or may not have been able to touch the top with both feet securely on the ground). 

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! 

 Just outside of Kansas City.  

Just outside of Kansas City.  

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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. 

 The trip ended with a double rainbow (ohmygod!) on our last stretch home. An homage to a great weekend.  

The trip ended with a double rainbow (ohmygod!) on our last stretch home. An homage to a great weekend.  

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