Traveling during the solar eclipse

United States
June 30, 2017 7:25am CST
All this talk about the eclipse I was getting excited....until I realized that we will be on the road that day - right in the thick of it! We have a rental cabin for 5 days in Pigeon Forge. Check in is 3:00 pm....We normally leave about 12:15 or so giving us time for a couple of quick stops along the way. That's when the eclipse will be right over our area, lucky us. I have looked at all the charts and timetables and instructions online and now I am more confused than ever. I decided to go to the source, I sent an e-mail to the head meteorologist in Chattanooga and asked for his advice. Is it safe to be on the road? Do we need those special glasses? What about Ruby? Now I will just have to wait until I hear from him - if I heard back LOL!
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@BelleStarr (38351)
• United States
30 Jun 17
I guess I need to check up on it, I have never really paid much attention to eclipses.
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• United States
30 Jun 17
When they started talking on the news about wearing special glasses I got a little worried!
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@BelleStarr (38351)
• United States
30 Jun 17
@AbbyGreenhill Well I do know you are not supposed to look directly at a solar eclipse, it can blind you.
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• United States
30 Jun 17
@BelleStarr Yes we all learned that in school I think!
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• United States
30 Jun 17
Yes something to consider Abby. I hope you find out. Have a lovely time when you go.
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• United States
30 Jun 17
Thanks, I wish I had picked different dates LOL!
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• United States
30 Jun 17
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• United States
30 Jun 17
Hope your meteorologist answers your email so you can see if traveling is okay during the eclipse
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• United States
30 Jun 17
We have a few options if it really worries me - can cancel, or change date to September where he has openings
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@andriaperry (50911)
• United States
30 Jun 17
Hmmm, let us know what the answer is, I am sure I have been out in one before... but that may be just what happened to me and my brain! Hhaha.
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• United States
30 Jun 17
Well, since this is the first total solar eclipse seen coast to coast in 99 years, you can't use that as an excuse.
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@andriaperry (50911)
• United States
30 Jun 17
@AbbyGreenhill Dang, now I gotta find something else!
@Corbin5 (106509)
• United States
30 Jun 17
I do hope the meteorologist responds to your questions. It is important to be safe in the midst of an eclipse. Would be really cool to see it.
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• United States
30 Jun 17
I decided not to wait - I cancelled the reservations and made new ones for a different start date at a different cabin - one we stayed at previously and loved.
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@Corbin5 (106509)
• United States
30 Jun 17
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@LeaPea2417 (20463)
• Toccoa, Georgia
30 Jun 17
I hope the weather man responds to you with advice. I read in my local newspaper, that day will be a holiday for the school kids and there will be a place in town where all can go to properly observe it. Yes, the schools start here at the beginning of August, that is why there is a holiday. When I was a kid, the schools started after Labor Day in September.
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• United States
30 Jun 17
Schools here start first week in August also. I am from the North and our schools start after Labor Day and they get out late June . According to the charts I saw tghe best place to see it is in the county next to ours - Spring City, they are having a big eclipse party its been on the news...I'll be happy to stay home - I changed the rental to a different one starting the day after.
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@LeaPea2417 (20463)
• Toccoa, Georgia
1 Jul 17
@AbbyGreenhill That is good that you changed it to a day after.
@silvermist (20100)
• India
30 Jun 17
I think as long as you do not look directly at the sun.there is no harm.I hope your email will get answered.
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• United States
30 Jun 17
They recommend you wear special glasses during the three hours.
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@silvermist (20100)
• India
1 Jul 17
@AbbyGreenhill Yes,that is a precaution.(What if you looked at the sun inadvertently.)What about Ruby?
@JolietJake (51144)
• United States
30 Jun 17
I'm planning on taking some photos of it, I should be right on the edge of the totality pathway
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• United States
30 Jun 17
Good luck with the photos. We will be right in the thick of it.
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@LadyDuck (157723)
• Switzerland
30 Jun 17
We had a total solar eclipse in August 1999. You need special glasses only if you look at the sun, we had bought them because we wanted to watch. I think you should cover the eyes of Ruby, because you do not know if she would look up and this can be dangerous.
• United States
30 Jun 17
What I read said to leave the glass on during the entire thing - 3 hours - the only time to take them off is for the total eclipse which is less than 3 mins. But I have a new plan...since the cabin we rented is booked solid in August, I'm going to cancel it and book a different that has a good variety of dates so we won't have to worry abut the eclipse!
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@LadyDuck (157723)
• Switzerland
30 Jun 17
@AbbyGreenhill I think that what you plan to do is the best solution. We only went on the balcony a few minutes to look at the eclipse, but stayed inside the house during the whole time it lasted.
• United States
30 Jun 17
@LadyDuck I just cancelled it and am making reservations at a different cabin that we stayed in a few years ago. It is a little further out of the action, but much quieter, although a little more expensive it's still a good price. And I am booking it starting the day after the eclipse that way they can clean up the highway from all the crashes that will happen from people going blind looking at it.
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