After driving all night Sunday night (I arrived at about 6 AM in Kansas City) I drove around aimlessley looking for the perfect spot to watch the eclipse. I drove by the stadiums, large parking lots, etc. but that was not the atmosphere I wanted. I looked at google maps (Goddess Bless Google!) and saw a large green parklike area north of the city. I found this charming pond, cemetery and small church. Found my spot!Pond that was not part of the church property… gate to nowhere that would be my reference pointAt about 9:30, a bad storm approaching… with thunder and lightening (this is another cemetery, what can I say I have a thing for cemeteries… love looking at the old headstones. But I am not posting here…) There were no hotel rooms to be had… so I climbed into the back of the Santa Fe on my comforter and took a 1.6 hour power nap.woke to clearing skies and went to breakfast. 1-70 was at a standstill as the eclipse starting happening… I was heading back to m spot after breakfast. this is the reference point at 12:54 CSTat 1:00 at 1:06
AT 1:08:46at 1:10:19
during the totality the guard light at the church came onand then it sttarted to lighten up.
I guess I was just on the fringe of the totality zone, as the sky did not darken completely and I did not see the stars… It did get quite cool and a breeze picked up. The totality was amazing and I saw the chromosphere, Pretty amazing stuff, this science. Wish that I had had a telescope…
All in all worth the last minute trip to Kansas City and back. I was very impressed with Kansas City, it is a very pretty town. Even though they had 9 inches of rain that night, but I was already ensconsed in a Motel 6 in Joplin, Missouri when all of that happened.
And I did 5 states, within 4 days: Texas, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Kansas and Missouri. None of them were new states tho… drat!