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Visitors flocked to Oregon in August 2017 to watch the first total solar eclipse viewable from the contiguous United States in 38 years.The path of totality ran all the way across North America, but started near Lincoln City. Totality began on the Oregon Coast on August 21 at 10:16 a.m. PDT.And eclipse watchers were ready.

Hundreds Flock To Eastern Oregon Ranch For Eclipse

Rajah Bose
Thelma Fernandez is passing the time before the eclipse by playing dominos on a card table with her family.

Hundreds of eclipse revelers from all over the nation have flocked to a remote ranch outside of Durkee in eastern Oregon. They’re camping in yurts, tents and RVs.

Thelma Fernandez from Hayward, California, is staying at a camp outside of Baker City.

"I’m excited to be here,” she said. “I have not gone camping. I’m 82 years old and this is very good experience.”

“I’m here to experience the wonder of the eclipse,” Fernandez added. “I come from the Philippines. And the only time I have seen something that is different in the sky is before the war. You know, where the moon is supposed to be, you know the half moon is supposed to be going this way, but it was coming downward. And my grandmother said we’re going to have a war.”

“But I am very excited to just be here,” she said.

Meanwhile, the cowboys and girls at the Haines Rodeo Grounds saddled up and roped steers as they anticipated totality.

Cort Herrera from Pendleton said he’s excited for Monday’s eclipse. ?

“I’m just gonna watch my kids,” he said. “I got a couple of young ones excited to see it. I’ll probably just be excited for them to watch it.” ?

Herrera and most of these cowboys and girls said they plan to watch the main show from their home, or wherever they work.

They’re excited—but they aren’t not taking the day off. 

Credit Rajah Bose
Cowboys and girls at the Haines Rode Grounds near Baker City, Oregon, are excited about Monday's eclipse, but they aren't taking the day off.

Anna King calls Richland, Washington home and loves unearthing great stories about people in the Northwest. She reports for the Northwest News Network from a studio at Washington State University, Tri-Cities. She covers the Mid-Columbia region, from nuclear reactors to Mexican rodeos.