Successful total eclipse day

How lucky we were that our RV was directly under the path of totally. The eclipse made its first landfall here in Mazatlan.

Sunday night there was a parade. Official or not,I don’t know, but what fun for all the visitors to this wonderful city.

Mazatlan was crowded with folks visiting from all over the world. Sadly many reservations were not honoured, including car rentals. Getting from the airport into Mazatlan on Sunday evening became a five hour nightmare. It will be interesting to get the estimate on the number of visitors we had.

Traffic from Culiacan came to a standstill on the autopista wth huge line ups at the toll booths.

From 6AM on this morning, we were aware of vehicle after vehicle heading to the point on Chivos facing east. Many were walking. Many had spent the night on the ground or on the sand around Casa Flor. We had neighbours a few doors down that were having an eclipse party with their family. The air around us was full of excitement and anticipation.

People had scouted out what was to them the best location. This was the top of El Faro. As you can see there was cloud but it cleared just at the right moment of totally.

Waiting for show to begin.

People were everywhere.

The eclipse started at the time expected. There on the top right of the sun the moon began to cover the light. Bit by bit the moon just kept covering the sun.

I do not know this location other than it was along the malacon. Cultura had set up music. A lovely touch. There actually were events all over the city including viewing telescopes for everyone to use.

We made sure that Ciela had the proper viewing glasses.

About 30 minutes in. Photo by Colin.

NASA was here in Mazatlan for this momentous event. In fact they were just a few miles down the road from us.

So glad that the Isla was not as crowded as the Malacon.

We didn’t experience the hippos but pretty much all of the following happened “the temperature quickly drops, the colors of shadows become tinny, day flips to darkness, stars precipitously appear, birds stop chirping, bees head back to their hives, hippos come out for their nightly grazing, and humans shout or hide or study or pray or take measurements until, seconds or minutes later, sunlight, and the familiar world, abruptly returns.”  Ciela was on my lap and began to whimper, Carlie was sleeping inside. The pelicans had disappeared, the few that we saw were heading to their roost for “the night”. It was both eerie and magical. Folks along the beach cheered once totality happened and then suddenly were very quiet. After four minutes and eighteen seconds the sun ever so slowly began to reappear. Yeah it was back 😎 Such a very extraordinary special day.

We were ready and watching.

Strange cloud formations.

The light was changing and the pelicans were flying home.

It was getting close to totality and the sky darkened. I think we had 14 or 15 boats in the bay.

Very close to the total eclipse. Photo by Colin.

Wow, just wow. It was almost too much to take in. Photo by Colin.

There will be hundreds of photos all over the internet. The better ones of course were taken through a very strong telescope.





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10 thoughts on “Successful total eclipse day

  1. Jannose says:

    It was pretty awesome to see the eclipse even though ours was partial!

  2. Sue Kehoe says:

    That is so AWESOME that you were there to witness it all. You were very Blessed! We appreciate your update and photos. Miss you!!

  3. Arrowhead Gramma says:

    Colin’s photographs are fantastic and the best that I have seen on line since the event. Well done and thank you for sharing.

  4. Lucy. says:

    Fantastic pictures Contessa, love ’em all, total or partial…we’ll need to wait till 2044 for the next one or so they claim.👍 🌺 💃

  5. Cindy Mensies says:

    Awesome post! Thanks for sharing the pictures! How cool to be there for it!

  6. SandyM says:

    And to think you just had to go out your door and sit in your favorite lounge chair! What an awesome adventure you had……

  7. Croft Randle says:

    I was hoping Colin would get some photos! Nice job! Too bad about the Hippos, they would have been a nice touch. I watched the whole show on CNN, all four hours of it as it moved across the US and Eastern Canada where cloud pretty much spoiled the show.

  8. Karen says:

    Fantastic job thank you very much for sharing with your readers, we had nothing but rain and clouds all day,didn’t notice anything at all

  9. Fred Wicks says:

    Nice photos that you posted by Colin as ours with our iphones did not show what the naked eys seen like his. Bravo Zulu!

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