Un-edited notes from the total eclipse: Deer ran past immediately before eclipse started. Rapidly grew cold. Birds nested. Shadows grew sharp and slick grey. Colder still. Sun crescent turned to short curve. Smaller and smaller until a diamond ring appeared. At total eclipse Mt. Adams disappeared and a rosy glow appeared over all the mountains. I held my husband's hand. There were a few tears. Mostly mine. It's growing warmer now. The birds came back and sang like it was morning.
Today, two days after the eclipse I want to see another one as soon as possible. It's an amazingly powerful, beautiful and surreal thing. Climbing out of the canyon to leave our little leafy, organized campsite, I couldn't believe how many people were camped in much more crowded, hot and dusty situations. Fields were sliced into sections and renting for up to $150 a spot. We paid $28 per night and although it took a year of planning and a lot of luck to grab a spot at Cove Palisades State Park. Hopefully with more luck and planning and opportunity, I'll be writing about the next one from a different location.
Ellyn Oaksmith is the USA Today bestselling author of the upcoming Chasing Nirvana (Fall 2017,) 50 Acts of Kindness and other books. She lives in Seattle.
How do I find ideas?
They find me. We date for a while & if things work out, we marry. For one year. Best books for writers? Stephen King On Writing Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert.