2 minutes without sun leaves Idaho in awe

News 6 eclipse road trip ends in Sawtooth National Forest

A boy watches the total solar eclipse in Stanley, Idaho on August 21, 2017.
A boy watches the total solar eclipse in Stanley, Idaho on August 21, 2017.

SAWTOOTH NATIONAL FOREST, Idaho – News 6 completed its cross-country road trip Monday after a mountain drive from Boise through the Sawtooth National Forest ending in Stanley, Idaho.

The small mountain town with a resident population of 63 had rolled out the red carpet -- and the port a- potties-- for a few thousand people that choose Stanley to witness the Great American Eclipse in the path of totality.

Camp chairs and tents, trucks and trailers lined large grass hills around the town's business, a few wooden cabin lodges and restaurants. The crowds were tame and mild compared to the great proportions projected by transportation and state officials.

[Watch the eclipse in 15 seconds below]

For your viewing please, here's the entire Idaho total solar eclipse in 15 seconds 🌚 Such an incredible view! pic.twitter.com/GfdHa7SXnC

— News 6 WKMG (@news6wkmg) August 21, 2017

Just before 10:30 a.m. the valley gradually darkened and the temperatures began quickly dropping. A few minutes later an RV camper yelled out "It's starting!" Moments of silence followed his shout as everyone scrambled to get in position, putting on their solar eclipse glasses and looking skyward.

Some were watching closely thorough telescopes, others were walking around finding the crescent sun in shadows on leaves or through pinhole projectors.

The McDonald and Bishop families, from the Washington, D.C., metro area made pinhole projectors out of cereal boxes and paper towel rolls.

Their four small children, all under 10 years old, took turns looking into the cardboard creations at slivers of the sun, as the moon's shadow moved further over it.

Across the road, a tent was set up selling Stanley, Idaho, 2017 solar eclipse T-shirts and hats. A leather maker at the tent showed News 6 two poster boards covered in signatures from front to back. People from all over the country and the world had scribbled their mark, saying they, too, were witnesses to the first total eclipse in the area in 99 years.

Couples held hands lying in the glass, eclipse shades on, and staring directly at the sun in awe.

At 11:27 a.m., the moon completely covered the sun, known as totality, leaving only the sun's swirling corona exposed. People shouted out "Totality!" "Look at the shadow on the mountain!"

And just as quickly as the eclipse started, totality was over 2 minutes and 7 seconds later.

More than 4,000 miles, 48 hours of driving, seven totality cities, three days, many interviews and hundreds of photos later the News 6 Road Trip ended with an epic 2 minute total solar eclipse and it was worth every mile.



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