Bill Kramer sharing the view through the 40mm Coronado Hydrogen Alpha Solar Telescope
Bill Kramer, Clint Werner, and Donald Abrams enjoy the eclipse view
Off we went to California. Clint and Donald had arranged a room for us in Anderson California and we were to decide on a viewing location the night before the eclipse based on weather reports. The entire area was showing clear sky potentials so we opted for an easy place to achieve - Mt. Shasta Lake Dam. A park area is well groomed near the dam and it was a perfect location for observing the eclipse. (see previous blog entries with pictures)
Clint and Donald's friends and business associates were also invited which turned out to be a very eclectic group. We had an impromptu picnic in the park with fresh food from a variety of sources and enjoyed our new group of friends.
An annular eclipse is normally not worth flying to see. That has been my rule of thumb in the past. I'd like to modify that with a corollary: except to join a group of eclipse chaser friends with many eclipse novices. It was worth a couple hours in an airplane for that. We enjoyed ourselves immensely.