You might get clouds on Eclipse Day, and there’s nothing to be
done about that. You might try to “chase” the eclipse and travel
to a clear weather location elsewhere on the path. But expect
traffic if many others are doing the same. So pick an eclipse
destination with lots of other fun things to do, so that you can
have a good time anyway if the clouds let you down! Scout out
your intended destination in advance to find out about the local
attractions, including parks and museums.
In the event that millions of rookie eclipse chasers do travel to see the eclipse, a lot of them will probably want to head
home right away after the eclipse ends. But if there is a big
traffic snarl as people trickle toward the eclipse path on the way
in, imagine an even bigger clot of traffic as hordes of cars head
for the freeways at the same time when it’s over!
You won’t get home any quicker by sitting bumper to bumper
on the freeway. Instead, stick around and support the local
economy of the place that kindly treated you to the wondrous
site of an eclipse. Have lunch or dinner somewhere. Take some
time to browse around the town, visiting shops and getting to
know the local people. A lot of folks will want to talk about the
eclipse, so hours of friendly conversation await you after the
several-minute spectacle has passed.
If you do need to hurry home for work or school, at least take
the back roads. Explore the old state and federal highways, and
see America, like folks used to do before the freeways bulldozed across the landscape. You’ll probably make better time
than on the freeway!
HAVE A GREAT ECLIPSE VACATION!
Jay Ryan is a Christian homeschool dad in Cleveland, Ohio, and
the host of AmericanEclipseUSA.com, a website dedicated to helping Americans prepare for the 2017 Total Eclipse of the Sun. Find it
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