We just got back from a fantastic weekend! We had plans to be in East Texas for a wedding and it happened to coincide with the path of totality for the full solar eclipse.

The weekend unfolded a bit differently than we had planned it out, but it was probably better that way. 🙂

When we booked our accommodations for the wedding, rooms were already scarce because of the eclipse. So as a backup, we booked a room toward the Texas Hill Country. We didn’t love the idea of driving all the way to East Texas, then driving several hours back toward Austin, then fighting traffic with all the eclipse crowds.

But there was no way we were missing this eclipse.

As luck would have it, we were able to extend our stay in East Texas which saved us a lot of driving and gave us more time to hang out with our friends.

So we got to East Texas on Friday night. Since we were in the Ark-La-Tex area (Arkansas, Texas, Louisiana), we were also very close to Oklahoma, which is my daughter’s second home. She went to college in Oklahoma and has a deep love for it.

So my husband decided to do some extensive cycling on Saturday and my daughter made a quick jaunt over to Oklahoma to do some hiking. I stayed behind and ironed everyone’s clothes for the wedding. 🙂

The weather was flawless. The cycling and hiking were great.

On Saturday evening we went to the wedding, which was held at the groom’s parents’ lake house. It was so much fun.

The wedding party came in on boats, there were lots of dogs there, we each got our own little bundt wedding cakes, and the late-night snack was all the yeast rolls from Texas Road House we could eat, along with tubs of that cinnamon butter. 🙂

The bride’s dog parked herself right by my daughter during dinner. 🙂 She knew where the good stuff was.

Those little bundt cakes. 🙂

It was really a wonderful evening and we had a great time.

The bride and groom weren’t leaving until Sunday night, so on Sunday we went over to the house and we all went out on the boat before dinner. It was so nice just to relax without all the craziness of the wedding.

Again, more dogs. This one is named Harvey and he is the captain of the boat. Captain of the World, really. He is just the best.

And this is Ollie.

And our dog Piper.

We just hung out, enjoyed the sunset, and then came back and had dinner at the house. We decided we had had so much fun that we should take the boat out again on Monday for the eclipse.

So we spent the morning at our hotel and it was fun watching everyone set up for the eclipse. There was one group of people who set up by the pool and they had a box they were carrying very gingerly. I asked them if it was a cake. One of the men told me it was a solar-viewing lens.

One of the women said, “Honey, we’re not eating cake. We’re eating Moon Pies and Starbursts!”

Moon Pies! Why didn’t I think of that? 🙂

We tried a few places in town to get some but had no luck. So if you get to view an eclipse, don’t forget the Moon Pies!

We picked up lunch and took it to our friends’ house. After lunch, we loaded up our drinks and eclipse viewing glasses and our t-shirts, and some dogs and took the boat out to wait for totality.

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Captain Harvey got tired of waiting after a while and took a nap. 🙂

I think I told you after the eclipse we had last fall that we use Saltine crackers as pinhole cameras. We did the same for this eclipse. It was fun watching the progression of the eclipse.

It did start to get darker, but it wasn’t really too exciting at first. It just looked like maybe a storm was rolling in.

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But then. When we reached totality, it was actually dark outside! All the dusk to dawn lights came back on, and we actually saw stars!

Once we were in totality, we took off our glasses. It was spectacular.

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We got almost four minutes of totality where we were. It was so weird to be in darkness and to see stars at 1:45 in the afternoon. I have never experienced a total solar eclipse before, and I am so glad I have now.

After the four minutes were up, it began to get light again rather quickly. And just like that, it was just a normal day again.

If you participated in the total solar eclipse, I hope you had as much fun as we did. We had heard so many scary stories about crowds and gas and food shortages and we did definitely make sure we were prepared for our eclipse trip.

Maybe it was because so many people were heading toward Austin and Dallas and we happened to go the opposite direction to a small town in East Texas, but we didn’t have any trouble at all. Everyone in the town was so welcoming and we had an absolutely wonderful time.

Sure, it was extra work to plan an eclipse trip, but I’m so glad we did and if you have the opportunity to view a total solar eclipse, you really have to do it. It is an opportunity that doesn’t come around every day. So when the next one comes up, get out there and do it!

If you were able to view the eclipse from where you are, or if you planned your own eclipse trip, I’d love to hear about your experience!

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