Today was…well poop would pretty much describe how it was. We woke this morning to a pretty steady off and on rain so we just lazed around the house all morning. Around noon the rain had slacked up a bit so we had some lunch and then headed off to the Snowcone Cafe so Connie could do some work. Neil surfed the web, did email, and did some long range travel research for next spring/summer…and also for the summer of 2017. Turns out that on Aug 21, 2017 there will be the first total solar eclipse visible in the continental United States since 1991…and the only land it will touch is US territory. The line of totality will be about 50 or 60 miles wide and enters the coast from the west up in Washington. After transiting Yellowstone National Park it cuts down through Kansas City KS, Knoxville, TN, Charleston SC and departs the east coast in northern Georgia. For those of you who have never been in a total solar eclipse…you definitely want to travel to see this if at all possible. However, plan on looking at the maps later and make sure you’re in the thin line of totality. The web site for the eclipse is http://www.eclipse2017.org/ECLIPSE2017_main.HTM…check it out and see how close to you it will be. As the page says…if you’re outside the totality zone you’ll wonder why all the fuss came about as a solar eclipse that isn’t total isn’t much to see. Inside the totality zone it will be beautiful with the sparkling diamonds around the edge of the moon’s disk, the rarely visible solar corona, and the Ring of Fire as the totality starts and stops.
It’s a long way off still…but not too early to get this extremely rare event on your calendar. We’ll definitely make plans to see it.
Anyway; after our 2 hours of internet access…the Snowcone Cafe has really, really good internet speeds…we came home. When Connie started to get out of the car she shrieked as a couple of little creatures appeared to be running right toward her. We quickly identified these as Golden Marmots which are native to the area. We stood outside a few minutes and snapped a few shots (plus some from inside the house when the opportunity arose) and also got a shot of a Red Squirrel which again is native to the area.
First the Red Squirrel.
And then the Golden Marmot. Connie and Neil were both reminded of the movie Caddie Shack when they saw these guys sitting up…these things were clearly the inspiration for Varmint Cong.
After that we had afternoon siesta followed by a steak salad for dinner along with a Rum and Ginger Ale. Yum.
Tomorrow we have an all day hike planned to the Valley of the Five Lakes assuming the weather cooperates…which it’s supposed to do. Might change though…the weather conditions up here seem to change almost hourly in the spring.