Monday, May 21, 2012

Ring of Fire

I went to see the solar eclipse today. It was absolutely awesome! My friend Penny and I went up to Flagstaff first. Our first stop was at the Lowell Observatory, but we literally were standing in line when the last solar glasses were sold. I bought myself a patch and a bookmark, and Penny got a couple of stickers, and then we hung out at Barnes & Noble for about an hour before heading up to Wupatki National Monument.

We stopped at the Sunset Crater Visitor Center to find out where we needed to go and buy our passes. It wasn't too expensive, which was nice. We then drove (the long way) to Wupatki. Penny didn't mind since she got to see the lava flows there. The Lowell Observatory had some people out there with some solar telescopes and I got to see some sun spots through them.

The eclipse started at about 5:30 PM. An older couple had an extra pair of solar glasses, so they gave them to us. I got to take a lot of pictures, and at about 6:30 PM, the eclipse reached its peak. Everyone started to cheer. It was amazing. I wanted to try to get a picture of it by projecting it through my dad's binoculars onto a sketchbook, but it didn't work. I did get a picture of it through the solar glasses, and thankfully it wasn't too blurry. We left a little bit after that.

The ride home wasn't too bad, though we didn't get home until about 11:00 PM.


  1. That sounds like a fun experience. I missed the eclipse, but it is cool I get to see everyone's pictures. Thanks for sharing.

    1. Nice road trip and tale. Great pic too!
      I'm glad you two were able to make good on that plan.