Letter: Experiencing eclipse was exhilarating

My wife and I enjoyed Todd Dorman’s Aug. 24 column “Chasing an eclipse in Nebraska.” We also went to Nebraska to view the eclipse and were just north of the locations Dorman had chosen. But we chose to be by ourselves out on a country gravel road about nine miles west of Wilber, Neb. And we too took along emergency toilet facilities, but didn’t need them.

It was awesome to watch the sun get covered by the moon and to realize just how little of the sun gives us enough light to see and function. The last few minutes before the total eclipse had dim light but enough to get by. One wonders what life on Earth would be like if that were the most that the sun put out. When totality hit the experience of being in the center of the eclipse shadow was exhilarating. We were very glad that we went.

Now just for the fun of it I will say that we took three days, traveled 820 miles, spent $250 and got caught in three traffic jams (the longest being 11 miles) just to experience two and one half minutes of total darkness that we could get for free at home nearly every night of the year. Now how is that for being logical.

Lewis Staley


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