This will be a short note to let all know where we are located and what conditions are in Riverton, WY. On Saturday we set out from Fort Morgan, CO for Idaho. We spent Saturday night at Little America, a fuel and food stop on I-80 in SW Wyoming. Sunday morning I checked weather conditions along the line of totality and found the forecast for Riverton, WY to be about the same as Boise or Pocatello, Idaho. Since Riverton was closer to Colorado where we would return, we decided to head for Riverton, WY.
This morning I am up because the internet here was not accessible. As I explained to a fellow camper, the local system was probably designed to handle 1000 connections and now it is getting hit with 10,000 connections. Nothing works when the system is overloaded. Anyway, back to Sunday morning. As we left I-80 in Green River, Louise called a campground in Riverton. They had a cancellation and we got a full hookup site. We arrived about 2:30 p.m. and were welcomed to our eclipse home. There are several astronomers in camp. One couple we've met is from Belgium. Our rate for two nights stay was well over double the rate posted on the office board. The fee includes a pair of eclipse glasses, a mini moon pie (label says since 1917 how appropriate, 100 years old this year), tickets for a root beer float here in camp and also a Sunday night dinner. So we get more than just a site.
The forecast here calls for clear skies but there will be patchy smoke from the fires in Oregon. I saw some of that last evening. Boise has clear skies - sunshine, no mention of smoke. Pocatello has patchy smoke. Casper, WY which was also on our option list has patchy smoke. Our other option for viewing was to stay in Colorado at Fort Morgan and then drive to Scottsbluff, NE. There the skies are forecast to be sunny. When we made the decision to leave Colorado on Saturday the forecast called for storms in Scottsbluff.
We should see the eclipse, perhaps not under the best skies but it will be visible here. There are a whole set of activities going on in the city park and the town is positively humming with activity. There is even an eclipse shuttle. They were well prepared for the crowds, everyone here seems to be well informed. The casino in town has lots of dry campers and they have a program for those saying with them. There is a county-wide newspaper with a schedule of all the activities going on and information about viewing the eclipse including times for a number of locations within the county. It's going to be a memorable day.