A couple of months ago, a friend from California asked me (now an Oregonian) for help in finding lodging anywhere near the path that the total solar eclipse will take across Oregon on the morning of August 21, 2017.
I had both good and bad news for her.
The good news was that there seemed to be plenty of hotel and motel rooms available at reasonable rates in my new hometown, Eugene.
The bad news is that Eugene is south of where you need to be in order see the eclipse in all of its glory, and rooms anywhere in Oregon along the path of the eclipse were sold out or were going for “astronomically high” prices.
But this week I learned that if you are willing to camp out, inside of staying indoors, you might be lucky enough to reserve in adavance one of 1,000 campsites in Oregon state parks normally never available or only on a first come, first serve basis.
Here’s the kicker: You need to pick up your phone or go online precisely at 8:00 a.m., Pacific Daylight time, next Wednesday, April 19th to have a shot at snagging one of those campsites.