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JoeChiOhki

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Camper_Jeff_&_Kelli wrote:

We were going to go to the Painted Hills. Looked very out of the way. Guess everyone had the same idea. We saw the eclipse near Mt. Hood. We did go to the Painted Hills a couple days later. Next trip report. It was a sight to behold wasn't it! Take care,,,


Anything on US 26 between Portland and John Day is anything but out of the way for Portlandites as they run that highway regularly in the winter to go skiing at Mt. Hood or down to Bend to play.


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jefe 4x4 wrote:

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Thanks for the upgrade.
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JoeChiOhki wrote:

Camper_Jeff_&_Kelli wrote:

We were going to go to the Painted Hills. Looked very out of the way. Guess everyone had the same idea. We saw the eclipse near Mt. Hood. We did go to the Painted Hills a couple days later. Next trip report. It was a sight to behold wasn't it! Take care,,,


Anything on US 26 between Portland and John Day is anything but out of the way for Portlandites as they run that highway regularly in the winter to go skiing at Mt. Hood or down to Bend to play.


We saw miles of traffic and thick forest fire smoke going south from Detroit and east toward and beyond Prineville. Glad we were going reverse commute for a change.


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We had a nice spot on the center line at a hunting camp with 12 RV hookups about 15 miles south of Douglas WY down a secondary state highway. Though there were probably close to 100 people there, many tent camping, it was spread out over several acres that it did not feel cramped, the nearest other camper to us were 30 to 40 feet away.

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The trip report was an entertaining read -- thanks for writing it. It's the best description of the central Oregon chaos that I've seen. We were lucky and watched the whole eclipse, including the remarkable totality, from our driveway.


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Jefe,

Thanks for the TR. I had a plan C to find a TC parking space in central Oregon like u did, but went with plan B to fly and visit family in St. Louis.

At the critical time I was contemplating how to "dodge the moving cloud" in my rental car but it cleared up just in time for a totally excellent view from my brother's back yard. I was clouded out before the eclipse ended.

Glad to see you all had a great trip.


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Rick,
Glad you had good luck. We picked East Central OR as it looked like it had the probability to be the least cloudy place along the 70 mile wide swath. We received our 2:20 worth of immortality. As the camper next to us said, "That was the fastest 2 minutes in history". As to the traffic: we were lulled into thinking we were good leaving 6 hours after the event, but noh, diesel breath, there were just too many cars, all moving south on OR. Hwy. 97. Jeanie and I still subsrcibe to the, "swim upstream when everyone else is swimming downstream" mantra, and most of the time it works.
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