Are you ready for the Aug. 21 total solar eclipse? It is said to be the first to traverse coast to coast in the United States in nearly a century.
I heard motels in the path of the total eclipse will be charging unbelievable prices per night giving guests the opportunity to experience the event first hand. I read where one farmer said he plans to do away with his hay harvest and provide RV parking in his field.
If the prices I heard are anywhere close, I will have to watch it on the news. I would be afraid I would pay the high price and fall asleep or be in the bathroom at the the time it crossed my path and miss the whole eclipse. The total eclipse will last only a few minutes in any location.
I think it would be great to be in the path and be able to experience the total eclipse. If I looked at the map correctly (and I am not very good with maps) we are not in the path. We will get to see a partial eclipse but not the total.
I vaguely remember the solar eclipse in 1979. We were told not to look directly into the sun because it could cause damage to the eyes. We made boxes with pinholes with our kids so we could all view the eclipse. In addition to not being very good with maps, I am not good with arts and crafts. More than likely our homemade viewers were not very crafty or safe. I don't remember all of the details.
There are pinhole cameras, easy to make (according to instructions) or special glasses to be purchased for safety.
I guess it is okay for prices to go up a little for special events but it really bothers me when the gouging gets out of hand.
Several years ago we were traveling home from Virginia and we decided to stop for the night. A room where we had previously paid about $75 for was now $150. It was not a weekend and we did not ask for a suite. My husband asked why the increase and we were told because of the car races. We were at least 100 miles away from the track so I guess we were staying in the overflow. I would hate to think what the price would be if we tried to stay closer. We were tired and ready to get off the road so we paid it. Then the hot water went out. Needless to say, we were not happy but there are some things you can't change.
I suppose if we want to do something bad enough, we will just grin, enjoy and bear the cost. I remember being in DisneyWorld in a long line and started counting the people in front of us and doing a little math. It added up to more than I could count without a calculator. We finally got on the "It's a Small World" ride and were floating on the water when my granddaughter Maesyn (who was about three at the time) looked up and said, 'I am so happy.' The cost went right out of mind. As the commercial says, it was a "priceless" moment. We had both our grown children, their spouses and all five of our grandchildren together which makes for a wonderful vacation.
If you want to get a good spot in the path of the 2017 total Solar Eclipse, you might want to book it early. I have a feeling, motels, RV parks, and camping grounds will fill up pretty quickly and the price will not go down.