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Old 08-08-2017, 09:54 PM   #1
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Ensconced in Woodhead Park again, awaiting the eclipse

I returned to Woodhead Park, Idaho today to await the solar eclipse. The park is just within the path of totality, so I will get about a minute of darkness here, though I may drive farther south on eclipse day.

I didn't know what to expect, so I arrived at the beginning of the 14-day stay window. I thought I'd see the place populated by other science nerds with time on their hands, as this is a first-come, first-served campground. But it's almost empty-- I bet there are no more than five RVs in the 124-site campground. The campground host for my loop said one other person had asked about staying for the eclipse, and he didn't think the place would fill up. I have no idea, as I was reminded again that others don't think the way I do.

It's $16 per night with electric and water hookups, $14 if you're 60+. So if you're in the region and are thinking about a place to camp for the eclipse, this may be it.
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Old 08-09-2017, 07:19 AM   #2
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I agree the solar eclipse really makes it difficult to judge all the "normal" rules. I scouted a BLM campsite near Casper, WY. On a tuesday it was empty. zero, no one. So that tells me it has no normal weekday use, I assume it fills on weekends. Its first come, first serve.
So, my plan is to arrive on Wednesday the 16th, about 5 days prior to the eclipse. Is that too late? I assume the place will fill to overflow by the weekend. But how many folks are out there that will boondock for 5 days just to get a spot?

All guesswork. If I arrive 5 days prior and BLM boondock CG is full, man I will have under-estimated by a long shot.
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Old 08-09-2017, 07:22 AM   #3
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Plus, I was figuring for any given location, where is the traffic going to come from? For something like St Louis, MO, they could fly in from around the world, or fly to Chicago and drive down. But who would fly to Casper? Not many. So, it seems the traffic to Casper is basically going to be CO, MN, MT. Mostly Denver.

Looking at a map, it seems Idaho is out now a site for out of towners, who would fly to Portland and stay in that area. So, it seems only the "local region".

But, who knows? we shall see.
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Plus, I was figuring for any given location, where is the traffic going to come from? For something like St Louis, MO, they could fly in from around the world, or fly to Chicago and drive down. But who would fly to Casper? Not many. So, it seems the traffic to Casper is basically going to be CO, MN, MT. Mostly Denver.

Looking at a map, it seems Idaho is out now a site for out of towners, who would fly to Portland and stay in that area. So, it seems only the "local region".

But, who knows? we shall see.
So, I heard an estimate yesterday that some 500,000 people are expected to the Boise area for the eclipse. I have no idea where that number came from, but it seems HIGHLY unlikely to me. We're only hosting 2 out of towers ourselves and anecdotally haven't heard too many friends mentioning visitors for the big event. I did notice the hotels are either full or asking one arm and two legs to stay. We're just a hair south of the totality band so we're planning a short drive north Monday AM.
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People intending to boondock on BLM land in eastern Oregon / western Idaho will have to deal with temperatures approaching 100 degrees, so I think after a day or two of that they will be looking for a site with hookups.
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Animal sacrifice?

I ate dinner tonight in Midvale, Idaho, south of Cambridge and very near the centerline of totality for the eclipse. I asked the waitress if they were ready. She said Midvale has only 150 people, and the state told them to expect 5-10,000 for the eclipse. People have been calling with questions. One caller wanted to know the best location to conduct an animal sacrifice during the eclipse. They told the caller we don't do that here, and um, are you bringing the animal? No, the caller replied, we'll "find some".

The waitress' family owns cattle, and now she thinks she will have to miss work in order to guard her cows.

Still only a few RVs in Woodhead Park, fyi.
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Update

According to camping neighbors who counted RVs while taking a walk around Woodhead Park this morning (Wed. 8/16), there were twelve RVs in the park. The park has 124 sites, and is first-come, first-served with water and electric for $16 per night.

We will get only 54 seconds of totality here during the eclipse. That's not much but it beats nothing, and there is the option of driving farther south on the big day to find a spot with a longer period of darkness. And to sacrifice a cow or something.
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According to camping neighbors who counted RVs while taking a walk around Woodhead Park this morning (Wed. 8/16), there were twelve RVs in the park. The park has 124 sites, and is first-come, first-served with water and electric for $16 per night.

We will get only 54 seconds of totality here during the eclipse. That's not much but it beats nothing, and there is the option of driving farther south on the big day to find a spot with a longer period of darkness. And to sacrifice a cow or something.


I'll be curious how full it gets by E-Day. Woodhead was our first weekend trip this spring after getting our Escape home in April. The Idaho Power parks are some of my favorites.


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The Idaho Power parks are some of my favorites.
Indeed. Everything is clean and in working order. Another camper told me the Idaho Power parks are the best maintained campgrounds he's been in, and I'd have to agree. I bet it's really nice here in the springtime, when it's cooler and the landscape is green.

As of this afternoon (Thursday) there's still relatively few sites occupied. The campground host expects people to start coming in on Friday, but actually nobody has a clue.
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Indeed. Everything is clean and in working order. Another camper told me the Idaho Power parks are the best maintained campgrounds he's been in, and I'd have to agree. I bet it's really nice here in the springtime, when it's cooler and the landscape is green.

As of this afternoon (Thursday) there's still relatively few sites occupied. The campground host expects people to start coming in on Friday, but actually nobody has a clue.
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