|Picture taken by another couple at our eclipse location|
When I found out that I was free on August 21, I just knew I had to make the (short) trek to North Georgia to see the eclipse in the path of totality. I did so much research and had high expectations, but the day was completely different than I expected.
Stonewall Creek Vineyards is tucked away in the lush Georgia mountains in the city of Tiger, Georgia. I had never been to Stonewall Creek Vineyards before the eclipse, so I had my fingers crossed that we would have a good view of the sky. You never know when you are in North Georgia – there are so many huge trees that it could be easy to have a blocked view, but Stonewall Creek was the perfect place, with the perfect view.
We started the day with tastings of their six wines – my favorite was their dry Petit Manseng, called Boriana and their rosé, called Yukari – both were great and so refreshing on a hot day! After we finished our tasting, we purchased a bottle of the Boriana and Yukari to take home and we also bought two bottles to drink while we were waiting for the eclipse to start! Our neighbors, AmyBeth and Charles purchased two bottles of the Whitetail, which was a little bit sweeter than the Boriana. We brought in the eclipse with wine, the best cheese and meat, and the beautiful sounds of an accordion, played by Dr. Paul Wysock.
Around 1:00, we heard someone announce that the big event we were all waiting for was finally starting! Everyone raced to grab their glasses and we all stared up at the sky, amazed by what we saw – I had no idea that the best was still yet to come. At the time, we were looking at what everyone was seeing, no matter if they were in the line of totality, or not.
Not too far after 1, it started looking hazy – almost like you were looking through a screened in porch and the temperature began to drop. The temperature kept dropping, the sky grew darker, and the crickets started chirping. Even the vineyard lights came on because it got too dark out.
When the eclipse was finally in its total state, around 2:35, I could just feel the excitement and joy around me. Everyone started screaming, clapping, whooping and hollering. I don’t think I have ever heard as many “WOW’S” and “Amazing’s” as I heard that day. Everyone was in awe.
I’ve heard that there are some people that travel to many hard to reach places in order to “chase an eclipse” because they are THAT beautiful. Before I saw the total eclipse with my own eyes, I thought this was crazy – that it wouldn’t be that magical, but now I can confirm that I will be traveling around the world just to see another eclipse in my short lifetime because it was one of the most beautiful and moving things I have ever seen with my own eyes.
I wish I could get better pictures and I wish our video showed how magical the eclipse was, but it doesn’t. I truly believe that everyone needs to see a TOTAL eclipse with their own eyes, at some point in their lives. It was by far one of the best days I have ever had.
Check out the GoPro video we took below (please watch it in the highest quality available). Our camera did NOT have a solar filter on it, so this is what we saw with our naked eye. It doesn’t do the eclipse justice, but it will give you a small idea about how special the day was!