About fifteen months ago, I began planning for the total solar eclipse in eastern Oregon. I decided on a location right below a mountain top, Dooley Mt, in Baker County, where an old Naval radar station used to exist. Meg and I confirmed this site would be ideal over Memorial Weekend.
Serendipitously, September 2 is our Fiftieth Wedding Anniversary. We invited our sons and wives to join us for the eclipse and celebrate our anniversary together. Matt and Teresa arrived from New Zealand, and Michael and Sara from New Hampshire. We set up camp in ponderosa pine trees on Sunday, and enjoyed conversation, walks, reading and general time together. This relaxing time created a wonderful intimacy as we waited for the eclipse to begin and then watched it move into totality.