The Ancients thought the solar eclipse
Was the wrath of the great I Am.
In modern times, there’s wrath indeed–
In this God-forsaken traffic jam.
Oregon normally has a population of around four million people, not counting Sasquatch. On Monday, thanks to the solar eclipse, we’re supposed to have an extra million visitors in the state (and not evenly dispersed). The traffic started yesterday, and the logjam of RVs, rental cars, and out-of-towners will only get worse. (If you’re wondering why Oregon is especially blessed with solar tourism, we are the closest destination for all of Asia.)
We live just outside the band of totality. I am NOT driving the 20 miles to be in totality on Monday. We’re going to hang out with our neighbors, drink up the champagne they don’t want to move to Idaho, and not be in the car for six hours.
Side note: That little orange dot in the glasses is the sun. I hope everyone feels like they got their money’s worth afterwards.