The Great Solar Eclipse of 2017!
Monday’s total solar eclipse was nothing short of amazing, but as quickly as it came; poof it was gone just like that.
We drove from Murfreesboro, TN to Clarksville, TN where Old Glory Distillery Company was throwing one epic Solar Eclipse party. Clarksville was in the path of totality for the Great American Eclipse of August 21, 2017! From Old Glory Distillery, observers saw approximately 2:18 of totality, at 1:30 p.m. central time.
Old Glory Distilling Company sits alongside Interstate 24 at Clarksville’s Exit 4; just a few steps from Fort Campbell, where the 101st Airborne Division is based. While primarily producing Tennessee Whiskey and Bourbon, Old Glory’s initial spirits lineup consists of their Jumper’s Stash White Rum, Smooth Shine Tennessee Moonshine, and Old Glory Tennessee Vodka. The first release of Old Glory Bourbon will be available in December. Click here to find hotels deals in Clarksville, TN to visit Old Glory Distilling Company.
My daughter is a history and astrology buff who “thinks” she knows everything about everything; so since we were going to be in the direct path of the eclipse, I had to make this an epic event for my mini me as well. The 2017 eclipse will be the first coast to coast eclipse in 98 years and the first in the continental US since 1978.
My daughter’s school was holding an event as well, but I decided to trump the school’s event and take my Madison on this once in a lifetime event with me. I couldn’t think of a more amazing reason for a “skip day” than to see the Solar Eclipse. The experience of totality was overwhelming; not just to Madison and me, but also to everyone that was there to experience the solar eclipse.
There were cheers and screams of excitement as the eclipse began.
The eclipse was only seen in a path 60 miles wide across the entire US, and it was a once in a lifetime experience that I was able to share with my daughter.
Lasting over an hour, the sun was slowly covered by the moon, engulfing everyone in total darkness. Then the process reversed, and just like that; everyone that was in the direct path of the solar eclipse slowly returned to light.
Old Glory Distillery provided everyone solar eclipse viewing glasses; as well as food, craft cocktails, and a live band.
There were also food trucks and kettle corn popcorn provided by Miss Lucille’s MarketPlace.
I hope everyone wore their glasses the entire time because my eyes are still burning. I really don’t remember looking at the sun without my glasses, but the way my memory is set up it will be just my luck I am blind by this time next week….. Don’t forget to grab your Mileahloic tee today!
The total solar eclipse alters our perception of UV rays. On an average day, you should not gaze into the sun because it can cause retinal damage, but with a solar eclipse; people think they can without experiencing any of the pesky side effects because the sun is obscured. This is simply not true! Let’s pray next week this time my eyes have stopped burning, and that you will have another blog post from me.
The next total solar eclipse will be in 2024, and if you live near Austin, Texas; Little Rock, Arkansas; Cleveland; or Buffalo, New York you will be in the direct line of the next solar eclipse.
Disclosure: I partnered with Old Glory Distillery on this article and they kindly provided VIP tickets for the review. I am a professional travel and food writer that receives compensation from the companies whose products I review. Affiliates in this article support this site at no cost to you. Go travel and grub out on plenty of food.