California or bust. I graduated from high school in 1987 and my 2 buddies and I decided we would go to Southern California for our senior trip. We had a great time and returned home to Utah after a week long adventure. It was in June so it was very hot and we were driving by buddies parent's Buick Regal with sun roof. It was the life. We decided to drive straight home from San Diego to Northern Utah. Just outside of Cedar City in Paragonah, the serpentine belt broke on the car. We had no choice but to leave the car on the freeway and walk in Paragonah. Here we were, three 18 year old boys in flashy bermuda shorts walking through a small farming community. No doubt, these days we would have been questioned by the local sheriff. Instead there was an older gentleman cleaning out his boat after a long day of fishing. He asked us what we were doing and invited us in for a fresh dinner of local rainbow trout. After dinner he took his truck out and towed our car off the road. "There aren't any mechanic shops open til tomorrow," he said. So, what else could we do. He they were an 80 year old couple and they put us up for the night, fed us 2 meals and eventually towed us all the way to Beaver to get our car fixed. A few years later I stopped to see if the old home was still there and it had been torn down. I am sure they probably passed away not long after that as they were in there early to mid 80's. What a blessing they were to 3 stranded innocent teenage boys. I wish I could remember their names. Oh, and I have never tasted better trout in my life.
Here's a time lapse of the #solareclipse , taken at #ShawneeNationalForest in southern Illinois. Thanks to a hot tip from a lovely forest ranger, @mwbelitz and I had the pleasure of some secluded #hammocking just up the bluff from our spectacular viewing spot, and were greeted in the morning by locals who were expecting to have the secret spot to themselves. Shawnee is where the #2017eclipse and #2024eclipse paths of totality intersect.