For those of you who experienced the Great American Eclipse, enough said. For those who missed it, let me be the first to commiserate with you; you quite simply have no idea.
I could say something like “The moment was glorific;” a true statement, for sure, although an inadequate testament at best. Indeed, the worst traffic jam in Wyoming history could do nothing to lessen my appreciation and wonder. I’d do it again in a heartbeat!
BTW, the traffic jam was truly epic. In my own case, it took ten miserable hours for my wife and I to crawl back to Denver even though the outward journey only took about three. And we were the lucky ones; three of the four other couples that accompanied us on this trip took at least 13½ exhausting hours to do the same.
To get a good sense of the how the eclipse went down (at least in Casper, WY), check out KCWY13’s Even Scientist Were Blown Away By Great American Eclipse. I get a good bit of air-time and I only manage to make one flub; see if you can spot it. As to my favorite moment, at 1:48 or so my friend friend Gary Trapuzzano and his lovely wife Tracey Berlin kiss on camera after totality, clearly elated if also a bit stunned; pretty much summing up the whole experience for me. Sheer magic.
Again, the eclipse was transcendent. Word to the wise, though: 4/8/2024 looks to be even better!