I woke up to my alarm at 4 and dressed in the clothes I set outside my closet the night before. As I collected snacks and drinks from the fridge Octavia pulled up. We took our supplies out to her car and hit the road.
We were on our way to the Boise National Forest to view the eclipse whose path of totality cut right across Idaho.
The stars were still out as we turned of the main interstate to take the highway into the mountains. We reached Mores Creek Summit trailhead just as night was breaking and a cool light was beginning to illuminate the tree covered hills.
We set off up the old logging road with just enough daylight to see the path. We reached the summit just before the sun peaked above the Sawtooth Mountains to the east.
Around 10 the eclipse began. The sun became cooler and the wind began to stir. It wasn't until just before totality the sunlight became noticeably dimmer. I can't describe in words how the the eclipse made me feel or what it was like to look up and see a dark round disc with a brilliant halo. Crickets began to chirp; and the mountains all around us were cast in the colors of the sunset while we were in a blue I've never experienced; like the light was an essence of cold hard steel. It felt as if the very concept of life would become petrified.
The Eclipse was over in an instant. The light changed back rapidly and the crickets died down as the birds picked back up. We walked down the steep grade and passed the thousands of crescent suns on the ground made by the remnants of the ending eclipse.