Besides a trip up to Olympic National Park, this summer has been about hanging out with family in Oregon and the main event – the full eclipse on August 21. We stayed twice at the Bend-Sunriver Thousand Trails and got to meet up with RV friends who were also in Oregon for the eclipse.
The weather was usually hot, but we were close to the Deschutes River and took several float trips.
We also met up with my old friend Phil and his family when they visited Sunriver. Phil and I got in a great moutain bike ride at Peterson Ridge in Sisters.
We also managed to drink some beer. Bend has more than a few breweries.
Most of our friends headed to the Xscaper’s convergence in Madras while we headed to my Parents in Sisters and were met by Kirk and Anya. Eclipse website tools showed their deck would be a perfect place to watch the main event. Unfortunately a large wildfire started spreading to the west of Sisters and the air filled with smoke.
Anya dubbed our gathering SichlerFest. We enjoyed BBQ, drinks, and the fire pit at night. Finally the day of the eclipse dawned and the skies cleared enough to see the mountains. We sat on the deck with our eclipse glasses on and soaked up the waning sun.
As the moon covered the sun, the temperature dropped and the light dimmed to almost twilight.
Totality of the eclipse was a little over 30 seconds and much too short. As a kid I had experienced a cloudy eclipse way back in 1979 but was unprepared for this incredible experience. The next full eclipse is in Texas in 2024. We want to go!