Friday, 11 November 2016

The Eclipse in the USA,, safe?

Is it safe to go to the USA for the total solar eclipse next summer?

I am not sure how to respond to this question. It has come in from eclipse chasers located outside the USA and takes on several forms. The recent election, international news about riots, stories about crazy xenophobic harassments, and so on can be found on social media as well as the TV. For those outside the USA it all looks kind of scary.

In my own opinion I don't think anything has really changed. The news and social media has gotten stirred up because of the election (they make a lot of money when an election is going on and love to have you tuned in). Now that the excitement is over and there is an answer to who won, they should return to the normal dribble soon.

That means by August, everything should be back to the normal hustle and bustle that defines life in America. And weather permitting, it won't matter what your politics or religion, the eclipse will be amazing.

A Few Notes of Caution

Okay, so things will be fine. Things will be normal. Which means one should not be stupid in the wrong place. Being stupid in the wrong place will result in trouble, that is normal. The normal travel advisories for visitors should be heeded. Do not leave valuables unattended, be aware of your surroundings, do not violate local laws, avoid political assemblies, - in other words, show some common sense and find a place you can enjoy the eclipse.


  1. My wife and I have been fortunate enough to travel through most of the western hemisphere. Every country we have visited has had its good and bad spots. The thing to do is to use common sense no matter where you are, even if you are close to home. Don't go to the bad side of town after dark. Do stay with groups. Don't close the bars down. Do go back to the hotel a little earlier than normal.

    Do not listen to the MSM. All they are doing is drumming up anxiety and trepidation in the name of higher revenues. The more media they sell, the more of their URLs you click on, the more their revenue grows. Use common sense and you will be safe anywhere in the USA for this track. Finally...

    Do use your brain. Don't leave home without it.

  2. I agree! Pack all the common sense and brains you can, they don't add much to your luggage weight - and this concept does not matter where you travel.