We went for the shows — not the Eclipse — but for the Starlight Theater shows “Beauty and the Beast” and “Guys and Dolls”. We booked months ahead, reserving three camp spots for Friday and Saturday nights … then it hit us that we were going to be in Crouch which was considered almost on the line of totality for the eclipse. Naturally everything was booked by then as Crouch was expecting an extra 10,000 people (which never happened) so we bit the bullet and spent an extra $95 per trailer for Sunday night, having to move our trailers a few hundred yards to a plowed field within the same campground. And that was a deal they informed us — it would have been $150 for other trailers — but all-in-all it was worth the money and we would do it all over again. We met up with the friendliest lady — Carol Williams (and husband Tom) — who was from North Carolina who was chasing her brother Hiram Clawson who was chasing the eclipse from Santa Clara, CA. He was traveling with a group of 15 GMC motorhomes also from CA, and had been to many eclipses in his past recording all the information. They say once you’ve seen one, you want to see it again, so look out Texas because on April 8, 2024 your big state is going to be hit hard! Carol was a wealth of stories and knowledge and we met up with her several times over the weekend. Our little group of 6 got invited to watch the eclipse with their group which was so much fun. Hiram had a model set up the day before to show what was going to happen, had tips and tricks to watch for, and had his computer set up to know the exact time of each phase, temperature drop, black out time, etc. I have loved hearing the stories of others who got to see the magic and would even love to hear some of your stories in the comment section below if you are up to it. It really was a once in a lifetime experience. It was short and sweet but oh so neat. God is a master planner is all I have to say. This is Mary saying “over and out” … or should I say “blackout”. Oh I just crack myself up sometimes. 🙂

Above is our groups camping circle and below is part of the GMC Motorhome group traveling with Begone Adventures.

Below is eclipse chaser, Hiram Clawson from Santa Barbara, and his sister, Carol Williams, from North Carolina.

Below is Tom and Carol Williams.

Hiram told us to watch for fuzzy shadows and eclipses through the trees and any places where light passes through. He also suggested we view the eclipses through the round holes of a colander so we ran to our trailers to get two. It was pretty entertaining people watching on my part. 🙂 

See the eclipse shapes between the fingers and the wavy shadows?

Below is Suzanne Statler, Chief Adventure Officer of Begone Adventures.

PS: And if you’ve never been to the Starlight Theater, you must plan on going next summer. They are truly great performances with such a young and talented cast. This was the cast of Guys and Dolls. We didn’t have our cell phones the first night for Beauty and the Beast, and regretted it. The costumes were amazing.



Bobbi Dodd - August 29, 2017 - 10:12 AM

Awesome pictures, Mary! What a wonderful experience for you.

I got to see 30 seconds of totality after hiking north of Bogus and I was awe inspired by that. I would definitely drive the distance to get longer in totality, if I got another chance.

I love the pictures with the colander – what a great idea!

Thanks for sharing!

Fairly Candid - August 30, 2017 - 7:12 AM

Hey Bobbi! So fun hearing from you! I’m glad to hear you are still hiking and I agree that some was better than none for the experience. There were some in Boise who seemed disappointed and waited for what they were seeing in the news but of course that didn’t happen. The coolest part was seeing the diamond ring at the very end of the blackout. Thank you for checking in. It gave me a nice memory of you that made me smile. Take care.

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