“It was a clear blue sky day. Temperatures leading up to this day were in the high 20s, 30s low and this day was no exception.
I was staying at the Lone Tree Ranch, a few miles from Glendo, Wyoming, just under the totality path, which was at 11:44 am.
The first contact took place around 10:22 am when the moon slowly covers the sun. During this phase, not much chance until ten minutes before total.
At this point the light begins to shine towards a flat twilight type light but even in all directions. The wind was cool that morning. At this point the wind stopped and the air was still. The temperature dropped by about 10-11 degrees.
The animals on the ranch where I was staying all stopped and crowded into large groups as if they were getting ready for the night. We could even hear the coyotes in the distance howling, which added to the suspense.
The last 30 seconds before totality, the sky passes to a point of near darkness as the last sun is covered by the moon. Then the diamond ring effect kicks in when sunlight passes through the craters of the moon, then this effect ends, then the crown begins to shine brightly around the moon. Where you would see the sun you are now looking at a jet black circle surrounded by a brilliant white crown with multiple colors of reds and pinks glittering across the sky.
This effect lasted for two minutes and 26 seconds where I was, all the people around me watching were silent while enjoying the view which was just great. Then the second diamond ring effect takes place before the sun begins to appear again.
The light quickly returned to the sky. However, it took a good hour for the temperature to return and the wind for a few hours to pick up.
The crowd of about 30 people where I was started to get excited and talk about what they saw. I continued to photograph as the moon moved away from the sun.
Most people left at this point in an attempt to avoid travel on the freeway. However, as the world knows, the traffic that day was chaos. I’ve heard reports from the group that it typically takes around 3.5 hours to get to Denver. However, times of up to 12 hours were reported so I stayed an extra night before heading north the next day to continue my road trip.
For me the time, expense and effort to attend this event was worth it in every way. It was simply an experience that I will never forget and I hope I have the chance to witness another solar eclipse at some point in my life and would definitely recommend anyone considering traveling to see one to do so .