It was probably an entire year earlier that we knew there was going to be a total eclipse. The last time we were in Oregon was November 2016. We had come home to send off for our Vietnam visas and it was in that time we started to see advertisements for the PATH OF TOTALITY which Madras, Oregon, happened to be in for the upcoming solar eclipse. Hype and over-sensationalizing, conspiracy theories and whinings about what this event would mean for a small agricultural town of 6000 population were non stop!
We returned to Oregon at the beginning of summer. Quickly we saw evidence of the preparations for the eclipse… restaurants hiring more staff and buying more food, stockpilings of water, crazy $$$ airbnb listings–
See our video of the eclipse here: