We will be having a gathering the weekend of August 21, 2017, for the total solar eclipse. We'll be camping on private property near Humphrey, Idaho, and then driving South around 30 miles to get into the totality shadow. This is going to be a big deal, the biggest celestial event yet in these modern times of rapid transition. We'll be beginning to gather on the property on Saturday, August 19, and we'll be staying till Tuesday afternoon, August 22.

Directions to our campsite:

PLEASE USE YOUR ODOMETER. Can't stress that enough. 

Go to Dubois, Idaho, which is 275 miles north of SLC. North of Dubois, Idaho, is Spencer, Idaho. 3.8 miles north of Spencer is the Stoddard campground Exit. Take it. At the bottom of the ramp, check your odometer or zero out a trip meter. Go right and look for the sign "West Camas Creek 10 Miles.' That goes onto a very nice gravel and dirt road. 14.5 miles (give or take a half mile depending on how accurate everybody's odometer is) along that road is Alan Canyon, which is not too far past the Steel Creek Campground turnoff. Allan Canyon has a sign. 1500 feet up that road is the spot. I'll put out a sign that says TSB Eclipse.

I understand that starting on Friday they're going to make I-15 Southbound into a northbound, which should help a lot. But it might be smart to have an alternate route mapped out.

There are going to be a lot of people up here, but I think Dubois will have gas until the end of the weekend. Not sure about that, though. I think I would continually check for available gas all the way north, for instance in Tremonton, then Malad, then whatever's next. I think I would look up 'convenience store [next city]' and call them to see if they're open and have gas. If you're able to gas up in Malad, you really only have about 200 miles to go.

There's a creek running through the camp. One of our members has purification in mind, but it might be as simple as iodine, the taste for which I don't like. If it were me, I'd bring enough for a gallon a day. Nighttime lows will be mid-40s, but while we're up very nice mid-50s. Sweatshirt and shorts for me. Daytime will be cool to almost hot. But bring rain gear and plenty of layers. It can change fast.

Our spot is beautiful, spacious with plenty of shade, and Monday night's party will be one of the best parties in the history of the world.

SAFETY CONCERNS: 

WE WILL NOT BE ABLE TO HAVE ANY FIRE. SO NO FIREWOOD NEEDED. THEY ARE FINING UP TO $10,000.00 FOR VIOLATIONS.

  BUT! We plan on making lighting vibes with fairy lights and lasers of a beautiful nature so we shall be illuminated in a different sort of way. So, if you must have smores perhaps your propane stove will suffice. 

They might be enforcing bear safety food storage, which means we'll have to keep coolers in cars, OR in certified Storage containers. And if you don't want your car torn into by a bear at night then the trick is to take the coolers way off into the forest and let them have it. Obviously, during the day, there's no problem.

Having said all that, I give bear sightings about 1 in 1,000 odds. We are thinking it's not so much bears as Rangers that we will be concerned about. As not having the cooler properly stores is a potential citation. 

The way around it?

To bring dry goods to eat, which can be hung high on a pole in 5-gallon buckets. Backpacking food is a great option but a little pricey. I think as long as you keep coolers in cars when driving away from camp, and then for the safety of the car haul it out into the forest at bed time to hide it from what I think is going to be WAY undermanned ranger staff, we shouldn't have any problems.

 It's a Party: Please be aware, we do party, not like rock stars, but we do enjoy our festivities in expanded and blessed ways. And I won't be surprised if a few people who DO party like rock stars show up, which means you might want music and earbuds. Just FYI. Monday night will be the official party, with loud music (presented by me), glow toys, fire, adult beverages and plenty of deep and meaningful exchange. This is children friendly, and if something occurs which makes it unfriendly, it would be met with swift rectification. 

Where: Spencer, Idaho, about 17 miles north of Rexburg, which happens to be in the center of the totality shadow. We will post exact mileages and directions here within a few days (today is July 24).

Lodging: This is a camping situation. If you're flying in, you'll want to get in touch with REI Rentals for camping/cooking gear - 801.486.2100. There will be no hotel/motel lodging of any kind available anywhere within fifty (or more) miles of this place. It's been sold out for years.

Traffic/Crowd Considerations: This area will be swarmed under by an estimated 500,000 people, except where we are. Our Plan A is to get on an excellent camping spot at about 6500-7000 feet. If we're unable to find one, our Plan B will be to gather on some private property available to us. Either way, we'll have no crowd to contend with. If you try to arrive on Sunday or Monday driving North from Utah, you could get trapped in bumper-to-bumper traffic on I-15 that might be impossible to get through. 

Conditions: Unless something unseasonable occurs, it will be warm in the day, and cool to cold at night, as low as high-40s, and as high as mid-60s. Of course, it's camping, so you'll want to have everything you need for inclement weather. Layering, as always, is the best way to go. Camping basics: sleeping gear (pad, bag, pillow, tent), cooking and dining gear, cooler, food, beverages of ANY sort, tons of water, bug-spray (Bounce dryer sheets work very well as a repellent - you just rub them on), sunscreen, swim gear. If you decide to go the way of cafes or restaurants, Dubois, Idaho, is 13 miles to the south and has gas station pizza (which looked pretty good, actually). Rexburg, Idaho, is 40 miles south, and has a all varieties and qualities. Idaho Falls would have plenty of options, but it's an hour away.

We are in bear country, and so we'll be taking certain precautions. If you can, get some bear spray.

Travel Suggestions: If flying in front out of the Intermountain Area, you'll want to fly into Salt Lake City International Airport, rent a car there, go get your rental gear (if renting), and start up I-15 towards Idaho Falls, then onto Humphrey, Idaho. If driving, you don't need our help or suggestions, but if you have questions, post them in this thread.

Recreation: If you'd like to make this trip be more than a few days with us and turn it into a vacation, there is TONS to do and see in this area. The majestic Tetons are to the East and easily visible from everywhere we'll be. Yellowstone National Park is not far. The Snake River runs through this valley, is beautiful and big. It runs right through Idaho Falls, where there are fishing adventures, boat tours, tubing, rafting, etc., etc. Simple Google searches will yield all you need. Nearby are the famous St. Anthony Sand Dunes. You can rent ATVs from PMS Dune Rentals: www.pmsdunerentals.com. We can start a conversation about some group adventures, if you like, such as tubing the Snake.

If you decide to turn this into a vacation beyond the days we list above, we can make arrangements for you to camp on the property. And if not that, it's possible you'd be able to find lodging for any time up to Friday the 18th, should you decide to do it that way.

We won't know where we'll be until the previous Thursday or Friday. I'll be going up early to get a spot. Where we wind up, and detailed instructions, will be posted in this thread, one of the last posts. It will be entirely up to you to stay apprised of the goings on. It would be a big-time bummer if you weren't paying attention and didn't know how to find us.

Come to this party. You will leave as a different person. 

List any questions in this thread.

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Yes! I feel the same way Cheryl. I loved getting to meet you and hang with you. Thank you and thank you everyone who came to play!

All I can say is this. You can look at pics of a total solar eclipse, or you can see one live. The difference is like looking at a picture of a salad, or diving into it and eating it bit by bit for the rest of your life, only the flavors each give an orgasm. I didn't expect what happened. It rocked my worlds, my many layers, all the way to my own epicenter. Of all the many experiences of my life, on all levels, that two minutes topped them all. I have already committed to seeing every single one of them for the rest of my life, no matter where they are.

I suggest you do the same. There is another Total Solar in 2019, visible in the southern part of South America. Start planning for it now so that your excuses list is much shorter when the time comes.


Hey everyone!

In the aftermath of this indescribable event, when we were all euphoric and gloriously blissed-out, Cheryl said the most marvelous thing:  "I know what this feeling is. It's the After Glow after great sex." How perfect a description.

And by the way, Cheryl makes terrific coffee.

Cheryl said:

So grateful to JD and Mary for the time and effort spent in allowing all of us to join spirits together during such an otherworldly natural event. The sights, sounds, and rushes of exquisite energies will be with me forever. 

Hey Shirley! So nice to have you there with your lovely and magical presence.

Having experienced it firsthand, now I understand at a core level the meaning of GLORY, and grandeur, and majesty and splendor. Being a witness to this never to be forgotten heavenly event makes me weep every time I revisit the memory.  It was soooo BEAUTIFUL!

And I want to express my deepest gratitude to whoever in our group turned on the music Ode to Joy as the finale. How exquisite.  The waves of chills and goose bumps that went thru my body blasted my heart center wide open.  (I have a silver ring on my left thumb that has the score of Ode to Joy engraved in it.  I passionately love that masterpiece.  Thank you. Thank you. Thank you.)

It was JD, naturally!

Shirley Bloxham said:

And I want to express my deepest gratitude to whoever in our group turned on the music Ode to Joy as the finale. 

check these eclipse photos taken from the stratosphere: http://spaceweather.com

and these from the Spaceweather gallery: http://spaceweathergallery.com/eclipse_gallery.html

Wow! Yet another perspective that is breath-taking!

Molly Helene said:

check these eclipse photos taken from the stratosphere: http://spaceweather.com

and these from the Spaceweather gallery: http://spaceweathergallery.com/eclipse_gallery.html

Thank you Mary for such a detailed story of your experience at the gathering. As I was reading it, I could feel the part of me that was there with everyone. Thanks for sharing. I was sitting in the garden between the kale's and the squashes watching the Eclipse at about 98 percent. It was so beautiful. The birds got quite, the cold and darkness came. I saw the garden with the shadows and the stillness, in a whole new way.  During the totality, came the knowing that so many of my sisters and brothers were watching  the same thing at the same time, then the tears came. Love to all.

My illumination on Wednesday 8/23/2017 after returning from witnessing The Great American Eclipse where I was in the Path of Totality:

“The scientists may call it ‘the diamond ring’.

I’m calling it “The Wedding Ring” given from Source/God-Goddess/All-That-Is to all of Humanity.

I’m saying an unequivocal YES!! with deep and humble gratitude for being asked.

At last, I feel profoundly loved, cherished and adored.  And I now realize I always have been.

The eyes of my Heart are open and the wonders I see are breath taking.

It was sooooo BEAUTIFUL.”

Thank you Mary for your visually stunning reportage of such magical moments. Great idea about starting a fund for the next eclipse. South America sounds amazing.
Thank you Mary for your visually stunning reportage of such magical moments. Great idea about starting a fund for the next eclipse. South America sounds amazing.

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