Story and photos by Kat Wilson – Monday, August 21st, the day of the solar eclipse, was one hell of an adventure for us. We took off from Pueblo, Colorado at 1 am and headed north to Wyoming. People were reporting stop and go traffic all weekend long up I25 into Wyoming, but we really wanted to see the eclipse as a family. We didn’t hit any traffic until we reached Firestone, Colorado and even then it wasn’t the stop and go traffic, which others had complained of encountering.
Once we hit the Wyoming border, what a magnificent sight, both in front of
us as well as behind us – nothing but tail lights in the front for as far as the eyes could see and behind us, just a sea of headlights. We made it into Wheatland at about 4:30 am, but traffic was thick. Finally, we made it to our final destination about 4:45 am where we were greeted by Brother Jon Estrada and Brandie, who welcomed into their home. Brandie was kind
enough to make us breakfast.
The eclipse started around 10:30 am. We all had our glasses, plus they had a welding helmet as well as a welding shield we could use. As soon as I realized I could get actual eclipse photos using my phone with the welding shield over the camera lens, that is what I did to get photos. It was one of the most awe inspiring events I have ever had the privilege of experiencing.
The geese and ducks started making noise as the sun started to disappear. It looked like we were under heavy cloud cover, yet there wasn’t a cloud in the sky. Crickets were chirping and the air became still and the temperature started dropping. Within moments the temperature dipped
clear down to give everyone goosebumps and it looked like dusk, there were visible stars in the sky.
In a blink of an eye we were in total darkness! It didn’t last long at all, but it definitely left an impression on all of us. As the darkness lifted there was an eerie glow, one that is impossible to describe if you weren’t lucky enough to experience it for yourself.
After it was all said and done, our wonderful hosts fed us before we set back out on the road to come home to Pueblo. Since I-25 was bumper to bumper, we planned our route out of Wheatland, and headed for home down Highway 34 to intersect with I-80, where we encountered bumper to bumper traffic as people were leaving Wyoming. The ride home was long and tedious, but we made it.
Kat Wilson and her family live in Pueblo, CO. She is a wife, mother, grandmother, massage therapist and owner of the Tension Tamer Mobile Massage. She studied at Intellitec College of Pueblo and graduated from Central High. She’ calls Pueblo her forever home. Her favorite quote is fitting with this trip: “Shoot for the moon, even if you miss, you’ll still land among the stars.”