Originally Posted by miknkat
Why didn't you plan ahead if you wanted to see it. Don't blame a business because you did not plan ahead. I made reservations in a Dandridge Tn rv park ahead of time
What makes you think I didn't 'plan ahead'? And if you read the posts carefully, I'm not blaming anyone just relaying an incident.
Additionally, what would you have done if it was going to be cloudy and rainy at the Dandridge TN RV park?
For your edification, my planning included:
- buying 10 pairs of ISO eclipse glasses well before the rush of orders. I gave 7 pairs away to friend and neighbors and kept one spare pair that I shared with people at the totality site.
- reading a great statistical analysis regarding the scientific estimate of travel densities related to the totality area of the eclipse: https://www.greatamericaneclipse.com/statistics/
- looking at the area of totality and seeing what areas would be along my route from NJ to FL
- reviewing Google Maps ad nauseum to find parking locations in the following locales: Athens, TN, Madisionville, TN, Etowah, TN, and Santee, SC
- identifying 2-3 locations in each town that historically allow unrestricted RV parking including Walmarts, Pilots, Cracker Barrels, highway rest areas, and large shopping malls
- 10 days out start reviewing weather forecasts to see which areas in SC and TN had the best chances of clear weather during the eclipse and update my intended location on a daily basis depending on the current forecast
- 2 days before the eclipse select the Athens, TN area due to an increased chance of afternoon thunderstorms in the Santee, SC area
- While en route, monitor Google Maps traffic in the local Athens, TN area to be forewarned of any mass migration causing traffic which would cause delays or create a need to change my destination
I think I did 'plan ahead'.
BTW, I've already started planning for the 2024 eclipse...