I decided to create a thread for what could be a once in a lifetime event for some of us.
Who's going to the path of totality? I know a lot of us on the forum live a fair distance away, but I know there are some Nebraska and Iowa posters here as well who are closer.
Here in Omaha, we are only about an hour away from the path of totality and about an hour and a half to the center line.
I will be there, wherever I need to go. I've told my wife that if I have to leave Sunday to drive somewhere I will(within reason of course)!
Last weekend, I went out south/southwest of Lincoln to try and scope out some good spots. I want a flat treeless area where I can see a long ways away on the horizon as I've been told and read one of the most amazing things to happen with the eclipse is being able to see the shadow of the moon race across the surface at 1500 mph. Surprisingly in Nebraska, a relatively flat area with a great line of sight is pretty hard to find, especially in the area where I was. However, I did find a pretty nice spot I think.
I will have my camera with a 300mm lens, and two camcorders, one to record the eclipse and the other focused on the horizon to the west to catch the shadow. I need to be very careful though to not be messing so much with my equipment that I miss the eclipse since it only lasts 2m 36s in this area!
Leading up to totality will be easy and relaxing to take pictures and record video, but the instant where totality starts and I'm needing to remove solar filters and change settings is where it could get dicey!
I'm hoping the weather holds, but with this current pattern we're in, I'm a bit worried about clouds/rain. Of course, we're still about 2 weeks away so I am hoping like hell we get back into a more normal August pattern.
My concerns are also traffic. I've heard predictions of traffic jams on the interstates, but also heard people say they haven't heard very much chatter about it among their friends and coworkers.
I'm dropping my little one off at daycare at 830, so I have a good 4+ hours to get to my initial target area before totality a little after 1pm. If it looks cloudy in southeast Nebraska, than I will leave Sunday for some other location.
What's everyone else's thoughts or plans?!