Our family decided to stay away from the crowds and hang in the backyard to make our memory experiencing the eclipse over Idaho. We got 99.6% coverage, just outside the path of totality. Not too bad, pretty darn good really. It was spectacular. We enjoyed a couple hours spending time outside. We watched from about 10am to noon, with the ultimate time frame just about 11:26 am.
I love the lighting effect from the eclipse. It was really dreamy. A lot of the birds headed for the trees to go in their nests, and we had a giant hawk flying over our yard, very low, just above our fence line. He kept flying over and screeching down at us. It was a really beautiful bird of prey, with awesome coloring under its wings.
My dad and brother were able to make it over to watch too. Jack took the day off work, which made for a nice family day. Clara has just recently in the past couple of weeks tried to start taking steps. She would get about 1-3 steps, but over the last few days she is doing so well! She gets about 8 and then makes herself plop back down.
I hope someday both of my children can look back at this day with fond memories, because how special is it that we were able to experience this eclipse together!