So, who else is taking a field trip Monday?
I am loading up the kiddo and heading up north east of KC to a dirt road somewhere. I am using that map linked at the bottom of this page (read it, so you don’t screw up the time.) Plan to be as close to the blue line as possible. People tell me the roads will be to hard to travel on, but I am figuring most of the people in KC will be just fine with 98% totality. Just the nerds are going to venture out for perfection. And the out of towners will already be out there.
Got my eclipse glasses from Amazon that came from a solar astronomy site. My ex-wife is super paranoid about them being fake, even though they have all the proper markings, seem to work (super dark), and the company makes $10K solar telescopes, they aren’t going to screw up making substandard glasses. So I took them to a local eye doctor and they said they were cool.
I did see someone do this craft idea, which will help block out any sun AROUND the glasses. Really smart, I thought. And she can decorate if she wishes.
So got that, going to pack lots of water and some lunch. I even bought one of those camping toilets where you can pee in a bucket in case she has to go while we are out in the middle of nowhere. Got chair, umbrella, and bug spray and sun screen
I am bringing lots of stiff comic book boards to use for pin hole cameras, as well as some magnifying glasses. I have one on a stand that I hope I can make work to just sit out and be “on” all the time on the dirt.
I had an idea to take some and make multiple holes in the board, and see if we can get like 6 suns on the ground in a pattern. Got this idea when someone posted seeing lots of eclipsed suns on a house from going through leaves in a tree.
Also, tomorrow I will see if I can find some of that photo sensitive paper, where you put something down and the sun turns the paper blue where it isn’t being blocked. Not sure that will work with the eclipse, but she can find stuff lying around and make a few images while we are out there.
So, anyone else have plans? Anyone got some ideas to fill the time some, as sitting around for an hour is hard for kids. And watching the eclipse move is like watching paint dry. You can check back every 5-10 min.
I am packing a pirate hat and some props for the joke totality photo - where during totality there are no rule or laws and you can do what ever you want.