A beautiful day for a solar eclipse

We visited for a week in May to get the Stover House prepared for the summer season.  On day one we took a 45 minute drive up to Lassen Volcanic National Park and stopped at the visitor’s center. The good news was that they had a great film about the park and things to do there and the bad news was that they were sold out of glasses to view the upcoming solar eclipse.  The snow was still clearing off the mountain, but we were able to continue up highway 89 to the Sulphur Works three miles up before the road was closed.

Later that day we drove back down and then West on 36 to the Mineral Lodge to have a spot of lunch and enjoy the cool sunshine at an outdoor table.

The next day was spent biking a short 7.5 mile run down the road from the Stover House to the lake front at the backside of the Chester Airport.  There was no traffic and eventually the road turns into dirt as it hugs the lake shore.  We could see people out fishing and enjoying themselves in kayaks in the lake.  The tail end of the ride took us down the main road at the front of the Airport back to the Stover House.  We stopped at a local nursery to look at some plants for the front yard, and then we stopped at a local restaurant to have lunch and waited for our friend Al to join us from the Bay Area.  After lunch we rode and he drove the rest of the way to the Stover House where he unload and settled into one of the upstairs bedrooms.  After unpacking, we all cracked opened some Corona Bears with some sliced lime, chips and salsa and sat out on the side porch to watch the creek and talk.

The big event of our stay was the solar eclipse on Sunday May 20th, 2011 which was my birthday. The sun started dimming around 5:30PM that afternoon and at 6:20PM which was the peek; we found ourselves at neighbors back yard with a beating drum to add flavor to the event.  The atmosphere was sort of eerie looking as though it was a full moon night with four times the amount of light.  The next solar eclipse in the US will be on August 12, 2017.   http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Solar_eclipse_of_August_21,_2017
The Stover house will see a partial eclipse that morning around 10:30AM; however one could drive about 10 hours up to Oregon or Idaho and see the full eclipse.

On Monday we hung at the Coffee Station which is a three minute walk from the Stover House and used the free internet service to work on our web site while enjoying unlimited cups of coffee.  During this time our friends and neighbors stopped by to say hello as is the ritual up here.  That night we ordered a pizza from the pizza place across the street and had a wonderful dinner back at the house before leaving to go home the next day.


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