So much build up for a few minutes, but I feel like I was seriously undersold on the coolness of a total eclipse! After lots of exploring back roads and viewpoints on Sunday, we decided Smith would be the best possible spot to view all the action. We left Bend around 6am to make sure we got a parking spot, and hiked up Misery Ridge (which lived up to its name when attempted with no coffee and minimal breakfast) as fast as possible to make sure we secured spot to sit on a high point at the top of the plateau. Totally, totally, totality worth it.
Photos don't really do anything to capture this type of event. The crowd near the top was buzzing with excitement as we all counted down for the big moments together: first contact, the moon's shadow moving across the valley, Baily's beads, and totality. Swirls of blue, purple, and white around the blackened sun, what an amazing sight. I used a wide angle lens to save my camera from any solar related damage, so none of my photos are very zoomed in, but I keep hoping someone will post a video of the crazy looking corona you can see during totality. From our vantage point we could see the Three Sisters mountains, which stayed light the whole time since they were outside of the line of darkness, and they definitely added a wow factor, like a super weird sunset only happening right where we were. The temperature difference in the high desert also makes things fun, such a noticeable drop from mid-day 80s to be chilly enough to need my puffy, and then back to warmth in a matter of minutes.
There was lots of hubbub about the traffic leading up to the event, and it did take us 2 hours longer than normal to get home (8 hours total, it's a pretty decent trip), but very worth it for such an awesome sight!