Toadstock the final chapter?
I started looking for a venue to view my very first total eclipse of the sun about a year ago when I discovered that the August 21 2017 eclipse path of totality was within easy driving distance from Sturgis South Dakota. the first place I considered was Elkhorn Springs Campground in the Casper Mountain County Park. I couldn’t find any information on whether the campground took reservations and I did not want to leave anything to chance if I could help it.
I don’t remember exactly how I found it but one day I stumbled on the “Toadstock” site, about two hundred miles from home, $50.00 bought me a four day pass that included camping and three nights of live music.
I arrived Friday afternoon to a mostly deserted pasture seven miles west of Alliance Nebraska and picked a campsite in the southeast corner and set up camp Charlie.
I came prepared, I found some polycarbonate welders lenses and fashioned solar filters for my binoculars and two cameras for under $30. A photographer from The Denver Post came by on Saturday and took a picture.
Crescent Moon and Venus at sunrise Saturday Morning
Sunday morning, let the day begin.
Monday, Eclipse Day
I woke up before dawn and I could not see the lights of Alliance on the horizon because a pea soup fog had dropped visibility to under one mile. There was a dense fog advisory for the area and this was the first day that I couldn’t watch the sunrise. About seven o’clock the sun started to burn off the fog.
Lat.: 42.1145° N, Long.: 103.0118° W
Total Solar Eclipse
Duration of Totality: 2m30.4s
|Start of partial eclipse (C1) :||2017/08/21||10:26:55.1||45.9°||122.2°|
|Start of total eclipse (C2) :||2017/08/21||11:48:57.0||56.5°||149.7°|
|Maximum eclipse :||2017/08/21||11:50:12.1||56.6°||150.2°|
|End of total eclipse (C3) :||2017/08/21||11:51:27.4||56.7°||150.7°|
|End of partia eclipse (C4) :||2017/08/21||13:16:26.5||59.4°||190.3°|
Camp Charlie is the red, yellow and blue blur in the lower right corner of the aerial shot.