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The eclipse from the line of totality was one of the coolest things I’ve ever seen in my life. We live near the line of totality for the Great American Eclipse 2017 but not on it. The line of totality means you get to view the eclipse in its entirety. I had no idea what a big deal it was until I started calling around looking for hotels in the line of totality. They have been booked solid for a year.
We have had a streak of bad luck with skies lately. The biggest full moon in years was blocked by a giant cloud. The Persiod meteor shower turned into a real shower with a few tornados. So we were jonesing to see something beautiful. So we did not want to miss the only full solar eclipse this decade.
We decided to do something adventurous and fun for our first eclipse, we rented a recreation vehicle, an RV!
“A recreation vehicle (RV) is, in North America, the usual term for a motor vehicle or trailer equipped with living space and amenities found in a home.”
Traveling by RV allows you and your family to enjoy each other and go on unique adventures – the possibilities are endless with the RV lifestyle. Watching an eclipse is a unique adventure!
Step one was heading to Outdoorsy.com. We found a fun RV that was perfect for us and we were pleased to learn that driving an RV does not require a special license. Both Matthew and myself were quickly approved as drivers, (we have good driving records). We rented a RV that sleeps 4 adults, and a couple of kids. The owner we rented from was so nice. We had a little trouble finding a nice RV spot in the line of totality and he helped us find and reserve a spot within the hour.
12 million people live in the solar eclipse’s path of totality, some 2 million to 7 million of the 200 million people who live within a day’s drive to the path were expected to travel by road to see it there too. We were worried about the drive with three kids stuck in traffic for hours in a cramped car. The RV trip was the perfect answer. They could relax and enjoy each other while dad was stuck in traffic. It made the stress level almost non existent! Traveling by RV provides more time together and less time dealing with typical travel headaches, like kids fighting in the backseat.
We picked up the RV, the morning before the eclipse and the RV owner was such a nice guy. He walked Matthew through the ins and outs of RV life while I chased the boys in the RV. Our toddler, Oli, is in the transportation stage where trucks, cars, trains, boats are all fascinating. I think he smiled the entire trip. Then we left on our journey! The journey is fun. There are no airport hassles, kids fighting in the backseat, TSA agents making you take off your belts. It’s just a relaxing way to travel.
We made it to our campsite, and we were on the water. We could see the lake from every window in the RV. It was so nice waking up on the lake. I was afraid an RV would be cramped, but it was bigger on the inside (like the Tardis). It comfortably fit our family and it was nice seeing my tween’s face. She’s normally in a different room. I love her face.
We made a campfire and cooked dinner from the convenience of our own kitchen on the lake. It was so nice, especially with picky eater kids. The next morning we woke, made breakfast and enjoyed the day on the lake and waited for the solar eclipse.
I can’t put into words how awesome the eclipse was, so here’s a video.
With RVs starting at 6,000 dollars to purchase, we should start saving for the next eclipse. I know the entire family would approve. RVing works well for families who like to eat healthfully while on the road or who have kids with allergies; some models have extra storage for families going on long trips; some models have a designated space for toys like ATVs/bikes/etc. There’s an RV for everyone!
Interested in the next eclipse? It’s April 8, 2024 – Lasting a maximum of 4 and a half minutes, this is the next major total eclipse that will hit North America. In the US, the path of totality will pass over: San Antonio and Dallas, Little Rock, Arkansas, Indianapolis, Dayton, Toledo and Cleveland, Ohio, Erie, Pennsylvania, Buffalo and Rochester, New York, Montpelier, Vermont, Caribou, Maine. You should probably rent an RV and head to the line of totality with us!
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