The Great American Eclipse

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, then you know that the United States was in the path of a Solar Eclipse. For those of us lucky enough to live in or near the path of totality, it’s safe to say that it was a glorious moment to witness.

According to NASA, the last time the U.S. witnessed a total solar eclipse was 1979. A solar eclipse occurs when the moon passes between the earth and the sun, blocking all or parts of the sun. About 14 states were on the path of totality including Georgia, my home state. I was so thankful to be on the path because I can say beyond a shadow of a doubt that witnessing the eclipse was the coolest thing I have ever experienced in my life.

My family and I, accompanied by friends, headed 30 minutes north to South Carolina to watch the eclipse at a little slice of heaven known as Stable View Farms. Several travelers from out of town also chose to witness the magical event at the farm too, which made for great company and interesting conversation. The eclipse reached totality around 2:42pm on the east coast. It was so weird because even though it was the middle of the day, it felt like dusk. The air was cool and the lighting was dim.

As the moon made it’s way over the sun, I found myself holding my breath. I was so in awe of what I was witnessing that I think I forgot to breathe! When the time finally came it was so amazing hearing the chirps of the crickets and hum of the cicadas. The air was still and there was an aura of calm surrounding us. It was a brief moment of complete and udder bliss. I wish I knew more words so that I could maybe do the moment justice, but I honestly don’t think that they exist. It was truly something that you have to experience for yourself. Everyone should get to see a solar eclipse at least once in his or her lifetime. It’s certainly something to see.

Author’s Note: The woman responsible for these pictures is Paige Blackcloud and she is a very, very talented artist. If you have the time, you should really check out her Instagram: @paigeblackcloudart. She has also has a really cool video of the eclipse.

Did you get to see the Eclipse? Tell me about it! Was it as amazing as you thought it’d be or were you underwhelmed? Let me know and don’t forget to subscribe to That Damn Newsletter!

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