Captain’s Note: I know. I know. I still haven’t written anything yet about Las Vegas.
I suppose, as the commercial says, what happens in Vegas stays in Vegas.
Sorry about that.
Just know that Vegas is not the Captain’s cup o’ tea.
But yesterday! Wow!
To be honest, the Captain was not looking forward to the Great American Eclipse of 2017.
Two 1/2 minutes of darkness... Whee...
And no, it’s not some mysterious sign from God.
But the First Mate could hardly contain herself. She took a vacation day just for this event.
We live along the path of “totality” (yes, the Captain has learned some new words this week), so the area chambers of commerce began hyping this one about a year ago. Area emergency services began holding mandatory monthly training sessions.
For the past several months we received daily updates on the status of hotels in the area – yes, they claim every hotel room in the area was booked…
Although I can name a few local fleabag motels that probably still had space.
Some were charging as much as $900 per night.
Then there was this.
We were warned that ½ million visitors were going to converge on the area.
We were warned about gas shortages reminiscent of the late 70s, long lines at the pumps, and price-gouging.
Around here, the price actually went down 4 cents per gallon!
The local TV station recommended treating this like a snow storm.
A friend warned me to watch out for pick-pockets.
Even after I told her I was going to be out in the middle of the lake in a private boat!
Someone took to Facebook to warn parents about child-snatchers who would travel for hours just to snatch your precious little one while you and everyone else are gazing at the skies, and in those two brief moments would be long gone before you realized it.
Captain’s Note: The Captain is not a parent, so, yes, what do I know about these things…
And we were amazed that, despite months of hype, people were still scrambling for the special protective eyewear as late as that morning!
And then there was one idiot who didn't think he needed any eye protection at all...
The weekend arrived and we began receiving almost hourly reports on traffic conditions.
|Look at all that traffic!|
Sunday night at the Home Port felt like Christmas Eve… except without the tree, the lights, and the presents.
And then the big day arrived. We left home at 8:30 in the morning, fearing the marina would be full and we would have no place to park.
Where were the crowds? Where was the traffic? Where was the madness and mayhem?
What am I going to do with all this bread and milk now!?!
All those fears may have been realized somewhere… but not here.
Perhaps because all the emergency services were on the ball and had everything under control.
Perhaps because it was a Monday.
Some people have jobs…
Perhaps because many people didn’t really care.
Or, perhaps because when you spread ½ million visitors over a 2,000 mile swath of America, it’s not really going to have a major impact anywhere along the way.
So, much ado about nothing?
No. This was awesome!
|The First Mate's photo!|
|The Captain & First Mate|
Next solar eclipse that passes near us occurs in April 2024. We’ll be there too!