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The Ecstasy of a Total Eclipse

THE BIZARRE AND BEAUTIFUL EFFECTS OF TOTALITY COMBINE TO PRODUCE EUPHORIA, AND I FEEL ABOUT AS HAPPY AS I KNOW HOW TO BE.

I booked my flight to Wyoming nearly a year ago — as soon as the airline would accept reservations. Ditto my hotel and rental car. Why wait, when untold numbers of other eclipse chasers were sure to be flocking to all points along the path of totality? Why risk missing a chance to stand once again under the shadow of the moon?

Monday will be my ninth total solar eclipse. I saw my first one in

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