Our club has a tradition of visiting the North Carolina mountains for a long weekend every couple of years. This year's highlight, for Monday August 21, will be the once-in-a-lifetime total solar eclipse. (Unfortunately, the Blue Ridge Breakaway, a 100+mile bicycle event, originally scheduled for Sat. 8/19, has been cancelled.)
Solar Eclipse Path - Western North Carolina & North Georgia (map from Xaiver M. Jubier: http://xjubier.free.fr/en/indexen.html )
The Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina feature beautiful vistas, numerous trails, splendid waterfalls, incredible cultural and historical sites, and, always a highlight, incredible views and photo opportunities along the highest elevations of the Blue Ridge Parkway.
The Path of Totality Overlaps the Highest Elevations on the Blue Ridge Parkway (map from Xaiver M. Jubier: http://xjubier.free.fr/en/indexen.html )
We will scout good locations for the eclipse while taking in, and photographing. all the mountains have to offer. Check out these two great resources for planning photos of the eclipse:
On-line Eclipse 2017 Mapping
and The Photographer's Epheremis.
Safe Eclipse Viewing
Eclipse glasses and eye protection filters are mandatory to protect your vision while viewing and photographing the eclipse!! Please be sure to review this warning from NASA to insure that you have fully protective eclipse glasses and filters.
August is a great time to get out of the heat and head to the mountains. Club Secretary (past President) Jim Harrison will host ~6 members at his house in Waynesville, NC. Others can reserve local lodging or camping spots.
Recognizing that not everyone can take a whole long weekend, this is a show up when you can activity - Friday 9/18 thru Monday 9/21. The whole group will meet daily for meals, and for planned excursions to many photographic locations of interest.
The Eyes of God by Jim Harrison - From Waterock Knob off the Blue Ridge Parkway
Photographic highlights for the weekend will include all that Western North Carolina has to offer: forests, waterfalls, cultural sites, the Blue Ridge Parkway and many others.
Please contact Jim Harrison by July 27 with your interest, and your ideas for photo opportunities. He will provide directions, lodging options (reserve early!) and other details.
Fern and Falls by Jim Harrison - At Arch Falls off Hwy. 215