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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.

Total Eclipse And Adventure Still Wait—For A Price ?

The final scramble is on to see the total eclipse on Aug. 21 in the Northwest. Most hotels and campgrounds in the path of totality are booked.

But for those willing to do some research, or pay handsomely, there are still eclipse adventures to be had.

Such as watching the solar eclipse from the scenic banks of Oregon’s Deschutes River.

Several slots are left on a fully-guided rafting and camping trip. The “Rock Stars” excursion includes mini-classes on the boat by two geologists and an astronomer who will give star talks each night—all for about $900 a seat.

Lizzie Bridges is organizing the 44-mile trip.

“Being on the river and learning together and then making meals together,” she said. “You have no cell phone service out there so you are really immersed in your environment.”

And at ranches outside of Baker City, Oregon, cows and sheep are making room for overnight guests and cookouts. Some offer a place to park and pitch a tent, plus barbeque cookouts.

A patch of grass can set groups back about $350.

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.