Halo Sun: Eclipse Trip Day 4
The morning was freezing! Apparently the temperature dropped way low during the night, I guess that’s because of the elevation. I was still shivering even though I was wearing 2 hoodies. I Slept as well as I could in a tent with nothing but the tent and my sleeping bag in between me and the bumpy earth I was resting on. The time difference was really messing with us so we decided to leave the camp ground early. I kinda wish we stayed since the people seemed really nice. I drove for a couple hours but was getting really sleepy, like nearly falling asleep at the wheel, so we switched off somewhere near Twin Falls Idaho. I was able to fall asleep without any hazard to our well being. and when I woke up we were passing Ontario on our way into Oregon.
We drove on some scenic byway past Massacre Rocks, not sure which one or what it was called, but it took us through beautiful golden hills or mountains. The roads curved through a valley that follow a river. We got pretty close to running out of gas and luckily found this little shop/service station in the middle of nowhere really. They had a small convenience store, a jewelry shop, and a small museum in the back.
The museum was filled with really cool vintage knickknacks, memorabilia, old photographs, and antiques which nearly covered the entire back room from floor to ceiling. There was this guest book there to for passersby to sign, which I did. Toru was looking over the guest book a little while later and pointed out the visitor the store had on 8/18/17 . We both got a chuckle out of the Rick & Morty nod.
We continued on our way driving through another scenic forest. Didn’t get to see Bend, Oregon, since we took a wrong turn, but we still made it to Madras on schedule. The place was packed and traffic was pretty terrible. We drove around looking for a place to park and/or camp for the night. The first place we went to which was a dirt and grass lot on a hill wanted $120 for the night, or at least that is what the preteen kid told us when we pulled up. I didn’t trust him one bit, so we got out of there and drove a bit around town and found a parking lot off the main road to park and get our bearings. Turns out the lot owners were asked earlier in the day by other people if they could parked there and they agreed. So we decided to park there for the night. The lot we parked in was really convenient since there were port-a-potties on the sidewalk in front of it. There was this cool painted school bus parked a car over from us.
We could hear people talking and playing guitar inside. I wanted to try and talk to them but didn’t know what I would say or what we’d talk about. I have social anxiety issues which makes it hard for me to word good. We decided to explore the town and walked to where the Solar Fest area was to see if we could get in. The Solar Fest was one of the reason’s why I picked Madras to view the eclipse. My first choice was actually Newport Oregon but I was worried that it might be too foggy to see it. It was like $30 to get into the festival for just that day (which was over my budget for the day) and since it was already late in the day there wasn’t that much to see or do there. So we continued walking along the road and came across some Hawaiian street food (noodle bowls) which we decided to have for the night.
We had some down time so instead of chatting it up with the other travelers who were gathered around trading stories, we decided to be anti-social and watch a few episodes of Marvel’s the Defenders. Ugh. I get that they were trying to explain the events leading up to the formation of the defenders but that could have been done in 1 or 2 episodes. After that we just slept in the car for the night.
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Next Week. . .
Eclipse totality, the Willamette Forest Valley, and the Oregon Coast.