Oregon – Away From The Coast
We spent two nights at the Silver Spur RV Park in Silverton, Oregon. This was a very nice park and one that we would come back to for a vacation. After leaving there, I stopped and spoke with people about the eclipse in Sisters, Redmond, Madras, and John Day Fossil Beds National Monument, all places within the path of the eclipse.
In Sisters, many rooms have been reserved already, although not all. They are on the edge of the path so they don’t think that they will have much problem with crowds. I have news for them. I think they will have a huge problem with crowds and traffic. One of the main concerns they did express concerns fires. Late August is usually a high fire hazard time and a blaze in the eclipse path could have a dramatic impact on the eclipse and viewing the eclipse. Another concern is for hikers. The town is very busy anyway, in late August, and adding more hikers and others will likely put an even greater load on first responders, in cases of emergency.
In Redmond, the attitude of the Chamber of Commerce, on this day, was almost lackadaisical. They know the eclipse is coming but think they will not be subject to the same stress as the next community. Again, I think they are mistaken.
Madras is the center of this particular storm, the bulls-eye of the target, the one taking the brunt of the load. In a buy cheap generic accutane I mentioned that I heard from the Newport, OR Chamber of Commerce that Madras was not seeking any more publicity for the solar eclipse. Today I verified that that is true. Check the video for my reaction immediately after speaking with them. The infrastructure of the hospitality industry there will be severely tested during this eclipse.
John Day Fossil Beds National Monument does not allow camping of any kind in the monument land. There are some campgrounds surrounding the area, but it is, to say the least, a remote area. Traveling there during the eclipse will likely be difficult, especially if the expected numbers of people materializes. Their biggest concern expressed was for managing the crowds of people that will be there. I was a little taken aback when they said they were expecting 65,000 people for eclipse day. They do not have the manpower to deal with that many people. They are going to ask for extra rangers, police, and any help they can get.
I’ve said it before, this eclipse will be big. Many people are taking that fact to heart but others are only now learning of the eclipse. In any event, you now know how big it will be. Please make your plans and reservations soon to go see the eclipse. And take a kid with you.