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Smokey Mountains camping road trip to see a total eclipse

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  • On Monday, August 21st, 2017 at about noon Central time, there will be a total eclipse of the sun that is visible from much of the United States. It will be visible as a partial eclipse in Miami, but I want to go somewhere where it is a total eclipse - I've picked the Indian Boundary Campgrounds in the Smokey Mountains of Tennessee.  It's very close to the center line of where the best view will be, so this should be an excellent spot to see the eclipse.

    The plan is to make a long weekend of it - head out on Friday night and stay around Gainesville for the night, then finish the drive to Indian Boundary, TN on Saturday.  Spend Sunday and Monday exploring and hiking around the Smokey Mountains (along with of course viewing the eclipse), and then head back to Miami early Tuesday morning, arriving late.  It's about a 12.5 hour drive from Miami.

    The campground isn't taking reservations until some time in February, so we'll have to wait to make the campsite reservations, but in the meantime you can view some photos here:

    http://www.recreation.gov/camping/indian-boundary/r/campgroundDetails.do?contractCode=NRSO&parkId=70494

    And learn more about the eclipse here:

    http://www.eclipse2017.org/2017/communities/states/TN/Athens_1676.htm

    http://xjubier.free.fr/en/site_pages/solar_eclipses/TSE_2017_GoogleMapFull.html

    On any given spot on earth, total solar eclipses happen only once every 360 years. The USA is fortunate enough to have one in 2017 and another in 2024, but after that you'll be out of luck for a while. This might be a once-in-a-lifetime event - don't miss it!

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  • Adrian

    Only 299 more days until the eclipse! I'm getting excited!!!

    1 · October 26

    • Corey

      Do I still have time to join this event?

      October 26

  • Adrian

    Ok, my latest plan is to go camping in the Indian Boundary Campgrounds in the Smokey Mountains of TN. We'll camp there Saturday until Tuesday and enjoy the eclipse from there on Monday, then head back to Miami on Tuesday morning. This should be an EXCELLENT location to watch the eclipse from, with over 2.5 minutes of complete darkness during the center of the eclipse. Additionally, we'll be in the Smokey Mountains, where we can enjoy hiking and sightseeing. We won't be able to book the campsite until February, so I'll update more details later.

    1 · August 22

    • Corey

      3 years in the making...can't wait

      August 23

  • Jacquelyn G.

    Awesome! Would love to see a total eclipse!

    2 · March 21, 2015

  • Adrian

    I checked with NASA about moving this up a couple of years, but they were insistent that they could not reschedule this.

    2 · March 20, 2015

    • Mike J.

      they're super exact about their schedules. Like it's rocket science or something

      3 · March 20, 2015

  • Ela

    Just checked my calendar and so far it looks like I'm free that weekend. Thank you for organizing it two years in advance! :D Btw it is awesome that it'll be visible in this part of the world!

    1 · March 20, 2015

    • Adrian

      I just want to make sure nobody schedules a hair appointment for that day or something. Lol

      3 · March 20, 2015

  • Mike J.

    2017, huh? We may all very well be dead by then (or few of us still in this Meetup)

    March 20, 2015

    • Adrian

      Well, it's on the calendar. If I've been kicked out by then, or the group disbanded, then so be it. It's just a placeholder so we don't forget.

      March 20, 2015

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