Amish horse and buggy in upstate New York. Photo taken yesterday.
Where are Kevin and Ruth right now? Ithaca, New York.

Where are they going next? Beavertown, Pennsylvania... hopefully today!

And after that? Heading towards Lexington, Kentucky.

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Things are winding down...

There is still just over a month (actually 34 days, but who's counting!) to go for us here at the park this year, but things do seem to be winding down. The park is pretty empty this week, despite the nice weather.

That's typical for this time of year though. When harvest begins, most of the local clientele are back at work. And the Labor Day long weekend coming up is the last hurrah for the summer season but it will depend on the weather.

We only have two reservations for Labor Day Weekend. Again, that's typical. People will wait until the last minute to see what the weather is going to be like.

There's a crocodile at the playground!

Ruth baked some bread yesterday. Nothing like the smell of homemade bread baking in the oven!

Fresh baked bread and hamburger buns!

The recipe she uses is here... 


So, what did you think about the eclipse yesterday? Kind of a non event, really. I mean, unless you were in the "path of totality" (is that something out of Star Trek?) all you got was a slightly darker sky and some cooler temperatures for an hour. At least that's what happened around here.

I made a pinhole camera and projected the image on a piece of cardboard that I had painted black. Here's what we got at the maximum for our area...

At the maximum.

The sun was 76% covered here at the park. It was noticeably darker, but I kind of expected it to get darker than it did. And the local weather chart says that the temperature dropped from 21C to 18C during that hour or so.

Again, it would have been neat to see it during total darkness, but I think the hype surrounding the whole event was a bit much.

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17 comments:

  1. We had 82% of totality in Nevada City, but I hadn't configured my camera to take a decent photo. Our morning turned to "late afternoon" at the eclipse peak, but really, as you say, it was a nonevent unless you were in the 100% totality range. Sure wish we could join your Mexico caravan ... but we'll be elsewhere!

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    1. You had a slightly higher coverage than we did, we were 76%. We were actually surprised that it didn't get as dark as we thought it might but we did definitely notice a dip in the temperature. It would have been more interesting had we been able to view the eclipse ourselves with the proper glasses and had a proper lens for the camera.

      If the caravan goes well for us this year there is always the possibility that we will do another the following year so maybe you can leave that time open, just in case. :-)

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  2. My sister lives in Portland and said it was amazing (they had something like 99% totality). We didn't have glasses so didn't watch the eclipse down here in Florida (I think we were around 87% totality).

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    1. Yep, it think it would have been way more interesting if you were in or very near the band of totality. And, it would have been even better with the proper glasses so you could see it with your own eyes.

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  3. We onnet got about 75% it was a bit darker, and cooler, plus very quirt, My pinhole camera was the best we could do not as good as yours though.

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    1. Yep, so you were about the same as us then!

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  4. I know that some people say Saskatchewan is a boring province. I could travel it for months. I like fields and rolling hills.

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    1. Now we have seen more of Saskatchewan we have grown to like it a lot more. And yes, I think we could travel throughout the province for quite a while and find lots of interesting places to visit and explore.

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  5. The Charleston SC area here was within the total eclipse. Every hotel room on the Charleston peninsula was booked solid for the event. We had the national tv networks here to film the eclipse. Then about an hour or two before the eclipse's totality in Oregon, rain clouds moved in over the Charleston east coast with hundreds of people standing and waiting on the beaches. Just sort of a let-down. However, the news crews from Columbia, SC (center of the the state) and Clemson, SC (northwest corner of the state in the he foothills) took over to provide better coverage of the event. Here on the Charleston peninsula even with cloud cover and some rain, it became pitch black dark at around 2:15 pm, and the behavior of the animals noticeably changed, birds went quiet, grasshoppers started singing, etc. When we returned to the house, we turned on tv, and one of the networks was showing a Royal Cruise Line mega ship about 400 miles off the coast of Florida with about 6,000 people on board looking at the eclipse; it was so very clear and much better than what the tv networks were showing from land. However, the newsman on board the ship said that the last cabin sold for $15,000US for this cruise event; don't think I would be a taker for that cruise, eclipse or not.

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    1. It's a shame when the weather can change a situation like that, especially when so much planning goes into it. Good for the hotels and businesses but not so much for the people that came to view the total eclipse and then have it cloud over.

      We wouldn't have been one of those on board that cruise ship either! Glad they at least got a good viewing of it.

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  6. In Comox we were at about 85% coverage and I too thought it was a bit of a nonevent. Got a little darker, shadowy but kind of a letdown - we didn't have the glasses though. That homemade bread looks fantastic!

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    1. We didn't have glasses either and I definitely think that would have made a difference with it being an event and a nonevent!

      Thanks, I have made this recipe before and it always seems to turn out well.

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  7. THat is about what our eclipse looked like in our part of Florida.

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    1. Basically a non-event for you guys too, still sort of neat to see though!

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  8. I was just 14 miles from the center line near aptly-named Douglas, Wyoming. Sky was clear as a bell. Temperature dropped from the low 70s to the upper 50s! Amazing event. Can't wait til the next US/Mexico one in 2024.

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    1. So glad that you had perfect conditions Doug, we knew how excited you were to see the eclipse. We kept our eyes on the weather forecast and we were thinking of you. Glad that it was everything that you had hoped it to be.

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