Several years ago when The Great American Eclipse hit my radar, I mentioned it to some of my fellow Oregon Airstream owners at a Wally Byam Caravan Club annual meeting.
“Hey, you guys, we should have a big rally during the total eclipse of the sun that’s coming up!” I said.
“Awesome idea. When is it?”
Down, girl, was the initial (and reasonable) reaction but when I brought it up again later it really was time to plan, and almost past time; many campsites and blocks of hotels in Central Oregon were already booked.
A team of co-hosts and rally volunteers stepped up to help organize the event, and we secured two campgrounds in a prime viewing location in Madras, Oregon.
I know what you’re thinking—sorry, the Oregon Airstream Blackout Rally has been sold out for nearly two years.
I never thought August 2017 would arrive, but here we are, and the Blackout Rally will be nothing short of epic: a weekend for 300 Airstreamers and their friends and families, packed with live entertainment, catered food, science presentations, star parties, a marina bash—and totality on the final day.
We just have to get there (and hope the dire traffic predictions are Fake News), and cross our fingers and toes for clear skies.
NASA and the Science Channel are placing their bets on Madras, as well: the location has a 95 to 98% chance of unobstructed viewing on August 21, and Accuweather is predicting 83° with “abundant sunshine”.
Review a collection of top eclipse articles and web posts on Tumblr at Second Contact.
Above: Madras, Oregon: “Top ranked viewing spot in the United States.”
Below: Early planners review eclipse data; co-host plots the Airstream trailer sites; host huddle in the marina store; lakeside campsites; marina dock; Airstreamers on site last summer; Oregon eclipse path; lovely lake locale; grill guy tests eclipse glasses; sorry, sold out!