On the road

August 24, 2017

Smoke from a fire makes a red sun on Monday evening in Madras.

As we packed up most of the campsite Monday evening, an incredible red sun hung low in the west, smoke from a nearby fire creating a filter for the light. Quite an all-day show for our sun.

While the eclipse watching is over, the viewing of eclipse commerce continues. On our road trip to Colorado, we spotted an eclipse-themed beer display: “No Light? (with a picture of an eclipsed sun)– Bud Light” ($24.49/24 pack/16 oz. cans).

Walking to dinner in Boise on Tuesday night we saw an amazing revolving neon sign for the American Cleaning Service Co. Below was a marquee that said, “No matter our differences, we all look at the same moon”. Many people we have met when we stop for our picnic lunches at local parks or rest stops traveled to the path of totality and are now returning home. The eclipse really did seem like a big communal experience.

Also on our Boise walk we found Rediscovered Bookshop, quite a good bookstore which we returned to after dinner. In the window were various small signs welcoming refugees and agitating for expressing one’s gender identity. It adds, “We encourage Idaho to Add the Words”. Ann looked up the phrase and it is an LGBT group and PAC that since 2010 has advocated adding the words “sexual orientation” and “gender identity” to Idaho’s human rights act.

No Light?

The American Cleaning Service Co. in Boise.

Window of the Rediscovered Bookshop in Boise.

 

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