"Welcome back to daylight Portland. So that's it, the last solar eclipse to been seen on this continent in this century.And as I said not until August 21st, 2017, will another eclipse be visible from North America. That's 38 years from now. May the shadow of the moon fall on a world at peace" - Frank Reynolds, ABC News
Such unbridled optimism... :(
Pictured: Hubbard, Oregon. Captured on my OM-D EM5
A total eclipse is something to behold as it touches more than the eyes. There's a few silly things I never considered going in which were all obvious in retrospect, the sudden temperature drop, the quiet as all traffic stopped and birds (mostly) stopped chirping, the distant cheering, and the 360 degree sunset. As fortunate as I was to witness it, friends in Salem and north of Corvallis reported being able to see the stars. I feel no need to place any more special significance on the experience than the beauty of nature and astrophysics. That alone should be enough to inspire...
The lead quote by Frank Reynolds can be found at 9:12.
Also bonus, watch at 8 as the commentators speculating as to what Oregon was like 360 years ago, the last time the path was nearly the same.