The totality was amazing. We viewed it from an empty school parking lot. Most of the time we stood under the shade of some small trees (it was a crispy 95F) in a median, and little shadows of the (then partial) eclipse shown on the sidewalk below the trees. The sun’s rays passed through the spaces between the leaves, and they acted like hundreds of pinhole viewers.
At the point of total eclipse, it was as dim as dusk and we were able to see two planets, and you could look at the sun with the naked eye. We experienced the full eclipse for about a minute and a half. It looked like a fiery disk–a dark circle surrounded by flames. Up to this point we had been viewing with our special glasses. (They look like the old-fashioned paper 3-D glasses.) When the eclipse reached totality, the view through the glasses was total darkness.
We had traveled from Indianapolis, Indiana, where we had spent the night. The traffic on the interstate highway to Bowling Green, Kentucky, was sometimes at a standstill and sometimes moving at 80 mph–in a word CRAZY! We reached Bowling Green about 45 minutes before the big event. The eclipse had been in progress for over an hour by the time we arrived in the parking lot where we viewed the totality. There were lots of places to view. People were standing in fast food parking lots, front lawns, back porches, or paying $20 a carload to gather together in crowds to slow-roast in the sun.
We were very fortunate to pick the place that we did to view the totality. There wasn’t a cloud in the sky and plenty of free places to view. We even had a few locals to share the experience with, and before we parted, we traded viewers with them. Now we have Wisconsin- and Kentucky-style viewers as memories of the day! Begonia