Don't go to the Bathroom around 2:40 to 3:00 pm or You May Miss the Eclipse on August 21

Luckily for me, I can count on my husband to keep me in the know on this eclipse thing happening on August 21.  The other night I said, "I heard you need special glasses."

He responded, "I already ordered a four-pack on Amazon."

I said, "What time will it be?"

He said, "I am not sure, but I won't be at work."

I laughed, "So, you aren't going to work late at the office like you do most nights."

He looked at me with that look that only husbands can do. "It's in the afternoon."

I said, "Oh, I thought it was at night."  I kid you not. I did say that as embarrassing as it sounds now. Now, I'm writing it down for all to think I am the biggest idiot on the planet.

But now that I've researched, I told him that the Primland Resort in Virginia was having special events for a week.  We love that place and it has this big huge planetarium, and the astronomy department will guide you through the eclipse. I thought it may get him in the mood to pack his bag, but he ignored me.

Path of the eclipse
Photo from Columbia Tourism 

The world is going crazy for this viewing of two minutes and 36 seconds, I think.  Columbia, South Carolina will have the longest viewing apparently so you all go on ahead and travel down (here's my Book your Hotel Tab filled with my media affiliates. My sites takes you to their site for the best rates.) and see it. I heard rooms are sold out though because the masses are flocking there. Lucky for you. My inbox is filled with travel releases to South Carolina and other states in his path.  I've tried to educate myself on this special day.

Do not go to the bathroom around 2:35 pm or you may miss this viewing window. Hold your pee and put on your glasses. Now that I know it's the daytime, it can be very damaging to the eyes.

If you want to go to Columbia, here's some more information for you.

And if you want to go to the beach, the Pawley's Island area of South Carolina is prepping big time for the viewing. Their viewing will be after Columbia by a few minutes.  This is known as the hammock coast of SC. I don't know about the eclipse, but grabbing a hammock and just seeing this sunset would be amazing. 

Pawleys Island area of South Carolina, known as the Hammock Coast
Photo credit: Hammock Coast Tourism and Austin Bond Photography

At approximately 2:46 p.m. on August 21, the totality of the eclipse will pass over Georgetown, and there will be few better places in America to enjoy the solar event. 

Among the eclipse-related activities that will take place on August 21 in this coastal are:
  • Brookgreen Gardens, one of America’s premier outdoor sculpture gardens, will be hosting a Solar Eclipse Festival. The event will feature live music from Oracle Blue, free eclipse glasses, live streaming of NASA’s coverage of the eclipse as it crosses the USA, and live streaming coverage of the aviary in the Lowcountry Zoo, among other activities. 
  • Rover Boat Tours, a 4.5-star experience, according to TripAdvisor users, is offering a Total Eclipse Cruise, a tour along the smooth inland waters leading to a barrier island where Winyah Bay meets the Atlantic Ocean. The view of the eclipse from the water will be spectacular. 
  • The Marshwalk in Murrells Inlet will be hosting Eclipse Day, offering people the opportunity to combine the natural wonder of the eclipse with the beauty of the Marshwalk. 
  • Black River Outdoors, one of the most popular outdoor adventure companies on the South Carolina coast, is providing a Total Eclipse Kayak Tour. While the eclipse will be the star of the show, tour participants will also be able to experience native wildlife including wading herons, egrets and alligators.
  • A special Eclipse Viewing Party at Kaminski House will feature a wedding as the totality of the eclipse passes over. 
  • Parts of historic Front Street in Georgetown will be closed and there will be a DJ playing music, glasses that allow spectators to safely view the event, hydration stations, and multiple places to enjoy the eclipse. The City of Georgetown will also be providing public transportation to Front Street to help alleviate crowding. 
For a complete list of eclipse related events along the Hammock Coast, please visit

Sounds like a bunch of people in funny glasses gathering in one place to me. 

In addition to being the first total solar eclipse visible from any part of the contiguous United States since 1979, this year’s eclipse will be the first with the totality of its passing spanning from the Pacific Ocean to the Atlantic since 1918. 

As for Raleigh, N.C, I have no idea what time to put on those glasses. Some say 2:44 may be the best time. We will see a partial eclipse and not the full shebang.

For me, I will avoid the crowds and either go to our neighborhood pool or my favorite brewery up the street. If I have to wear those silly glasses, I might as well as have a nice North Carolina craft beer and take advantage of my husband not being at the office.

But if you really want to know the truth, I would rather be at the Primland Resort doing some spa treatment. They have nice windows. I can look out the window.

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