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Total Solar Eclipse Experience

Total Solar Eclipse Coming August 21st! What to Know About Staying in Florence, Oregon.

solar eclipseSolar Eclipse Watchers! We’ve got rooms…but they are starting to fill! Call today at 541-997-7131, or click here to book your stay for this once-in-a-lifetime event.

If you’re lucky enough to be under the shadow when the moon moves between the sun and the earth, and you see and feel the sun completely blotted out, you have experienced something profoundly transcendent to the human experience.

You, and all of nature around you, are plunged into a seemingly unnatural totality of darkness. It’s an event that many will never experience, and most who do only experience once in a lifetime. Some find it overwhelming on many levels.

In a word, it is awesome and oddly inspiring. OK, that’s four words. But you’ll only understand if you experience it firsthand. A partial eclipse is interesting. A total eclipse is a strange, mystical, supernatural phenomenon—a reminder of the wonder and power and size of life and our universe.

This mega-astronomical event begins for the world in 2017 on the Oregon Coast. Here are some insights to help you plan for the total solar eclipse…

  • The Solar Eclipse Path of Totality begins about 40 miles north of Florence in Waldport.
  • Florence will experience about 97% totality…for about 45 seconds, and a partial shadow throughout the event. This will give viewers the effect of the darkness experienced about an hour after sunset—but in the middle of the day.
  • In Florence, the event starts around 8:30 a.m. Monday, August 21. The peak of darkness occurs around 10:45 a.m. The event will conclude around 11:30 a.m.
  • The Oregon Office of Emergency Management expects about 1 million visitors to come to the state. This will require proper prior planning on your part as they predict possible shortages of resources in and near the Path of Totality.
  • All campsites, vacation rentals, and hotel rooms in the Path of Totality are booked.
  • Expect larger-than- normal crowds for several days before and after the event as people travel to and from the Path of Totality.
  • This is one reason we are requiring a minimum two-night stay. If crowds and the resulting traffic are what officials expect, you will be glad to have a place to stay for an extra day before or after the event. You may actually want to book a three night stay.
  • Come for the event, stay for the fun! Florence is a great place to vacation and has a lot more going for it than just being near the eclipse. We don’t call it “Oregon’s Coastal Playground” for nothing! Click here for more information.
  • Protect your eyes! Do not look directly at the eclipse without special eclipse viewing glasses.
    They are available at many retail outlets and online. Some local businesses and non-profits will be giving them out for free.
  • Have fun, be patient with the crowds, and stock up on basics in case shipments get bogged down due to the expected high volume of traffic.
  • Enjoy! You may have only one chance in a lifetime to experience this cosmically momentous event!

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