Turn the 2017 Solar Eclipse into a Camping Adventure
The solar eclipse on August 21st is going to be one of the fullest, longest and most-accessible that we've seen in generations. Its path will cast a shadow from the Pacific Northwest all the way to Florida, and it will cut through the entire mid-section of the country along the way. This makes it possible for most of the population to be within a day's drive of being able to enjoy this historic event to the fullest.
This presents you with an unprecedented opportunity to schedule your next camping or hiking trip around one of the most amazing stellar events that most of us will see in our lifetimes. In fact, camping is probably the best way to ensure that you can actually see and enjoy the eclipse.
Avoid the Masses
Hordes of people are planning to descend on towns that are along the path of the eclipse. Many hotel rooms are already sold out, and prices are skyrocketing for ones that are still available. Not only that, but things like traffic, crowded shops, restaurants and a lack of available viewing space can all take the fun out of the experience.
Camping gives you the opportunity to find a place outside of town, in nature, where you can relax, unwind and take in the beauty of the event on your own terms. Not only that, but it will cost a heck of a lot less money.
You can Switch Gears
Clouds and storms are two things that can ruin an eclipse sighting for millions of people. One of the problems with this eclipse is that its path will travel over areas of the country where clouds, poor visibility and unpredictable rain are commonplace during the summer months. Consequently, people who bought plane tickets, made hotel reservations or are otherwise committed to staying in a specific place may end up being disappointed if the weather doesn't cooperate.
It's a gamble that a lot of people are willing to take, but you don't have to be one of them. If you camp, you can easily travel to a different location and pick an alternative site in order to enjoy the eclipse in all of its glory.
The western half of the country is known for wide-open spaces, clear skies and excellent visibility. It's also not as populated or congested. You can see for miles in every direction, haze and pollution are minimal, and chances of encountering hundreds of miles of cloudy skies are slim. There are also dozens of high-quality state and national parks near the path of the eclipse where you can set up camp. You can also choose whether or not you want to get up in the mountains or stick closer to sea level.
So, gas up your vehicle, pack your backpack, tent or camping hammock, and get ready to hit the road. Whether you plan on a quick overnight or a full-blown camping trip, this is one opportunity that you definitely don't want to pass up.