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Cynthia and I made a road trip from Southern California to Smiths Ferry, Idaho, for the 2017 eclipse. We stayed in a lodge very close to the centerline of totality, and were fortunate to have perfectly clear skies on the day of the eclipse. It was a wonderful experience, and well worth the time and effort. And yes, I did take too much equipment, but it was good preparation for 2024!
Cougar Mountain Lodge, Smiths Ferry, Idaho
The lodge is next to the Payette River, a favorite spot for swimmers and rafters
There were lots of last-minute viewing sites opened up.
I took my Celestron C8, and cameras.
Between first contact and totality
Totality, showing the corona and Regulus
During totality with prominences
The diamond ring at the end of totality
Post totality sunspots