There were high clouds but you could still see the sun was out. We ran errands in town.
People were standing outside with various glasses. One group at the Farm Supply store had welders helmets. In one parking lot people were pointing and they had no glasses on at all, the sad thing was they had small children with them. We saw one guy stopped in his car with his sunglasses on…just stopped in the middle of the road.
As it got darker more car lights came on. It never got really dark, but it was a twilight. Far Guy called it an eerie twilight.
I waited in the car while Far Guy ran one errand and watched people watch.
I hung one of my old cameras a point and shoot out the window and took a photo. Nothing much to write home about. We were supposed to be at 80% of the eclipse.
The only other solar eclipse that I can recall was in July of 1963. My baby brother built a box to view it, I may have helped him…I do not recall that part, the design was probably something out of the old Grit publication. I recall people saying back then that you could look through old negatives…negatives were larger back then. It was a sunny day back in 1963 as we sat out in the yard waiting for the eclipse to happen. It seemed darker than it was today, but perhaps that is because it was a sunny day….and I was younger and more easily impressed. That time it was 78% and the main track was up in Canada.
My brother was at home in Oregon for the eclipse yesterday, they had special Tshirts and glasses…it looked like they might have been having a Total Eclipse of the Sun party.