With the surrounding areas that would provide total eclipse viewing packed with sky gazers and the traffic to and from predicted to be worse than dire, I opted to watch the 2017 event thirty-minutes from home on Lake Wylie in North Carolina. The morning was clear and bright, but big puffy clouds rolled in as I headed out to open water to find the ideal spot.
A gentle breeze replaced the early morning calm and slowly built to a steady ten-knots from the south.
The lookout station atop the cabin on LyonsRoar was the perfect perch to watch the Eclipse.
Taking pictures of the eclipse with an automatic camera using eclipse glasses for a filter was challenging.
My decision to watch a 98% eclipse from our boat turned out much better that I expected. The light breeze that brought the clouds was cooling. The clouds themselves helped to make a hot day more bearable and the moon’s blocking of the sun dropped our high temperature for the day from 92-degrees down to 88-degrees. I’m delighted to report that traffic was light traveling both ways from home to Lake Wylie. I am thankful for such an excellent show.