I traveled to Wyoming to view the total eclipse of the sun. Rhonda had been camping for several days and was not up for another road trip! I drove up to Laramie the evening before - got in touch with nephew David for a beer, and he suggested a place for viewing that would likely be less crowded. I had planned on taking the back road to Casper, but the route I took was the back way to Douglas. It was a dirt road called Fetterman that headed north shortly beyond Rock River. David thought that it would be about 45 minutes to the area of totality, but it turned out to be about twice that. However, it was worth it.
There were dozens of cars along Fetterman Road, and as the terrain turned from plains to canyons, there were numerous pull-off sites where people were gathering. I saw one open area where about a half dozen cars had gathered, and decided to stop. Got wonderfully lucky!! A fellow from Texas had brought his 12 inch telescope and some modified binoculars for the viewing. The 20 or so folks at the site were treated to some wonderful images along with the views through our glasses and the transition from day time to darkness.
I watched through my glasses and saw the progression shown above. As totality approached, the air started to cool, and I went from comfortable in short sleeves to needing my hooded sweat shirt! The bright blue sky began to lose its color, and transformed to a dusky gray. All of the colors took on an other-worldly hue - not unlike when the sun is being partially blocked by smoke from forest fires, but still different from anything I had ever seen. At totality, I had my binoculars ready to go, and the view was just as shown above. However, I immediately noted a star adjacent to the sun/moon, and from the map below, it was Regulus, one of the stars in Orion's Belt. Solar flares were also plain to see. Venus appeared early on and was easily identified, and various other planets and stars came into view. The two and a half minutes of totality passed way too quickly, but to use an overworked word - Awesome!! As the total eclipse ended, the crowd broke out into spontaneous applause, and folks began to gather up for the trek home, knowing that traffic would be a zoo. Fortunately I took the 'back' way home to Colorado and avoided the traffic-jam-from-hell along Interstate 25.
The next total eclipse in the US is in seven years, and the path is shown below - I highly recommend making the effort to take it in - I don't think that you will be disappointed.