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Reader Eclipse Plans for August 21st

This week we asked our readers about their plans are for the Great American Eclipse this August 21st.  We explained where the eclipse will be viewable and offered links for additional information.  If you haven’t already, check out the original blog, Are You Going to the Great American Eclipse?

What follows are fellow truck campers chiming in on where they plan to watch the eclipse.  They suggest locations and ideas that might help with your eclipse plans.

As of now, no one has come forward with a Truck Camper Eclipse Party location, but we’ll keep the lines open.  If anything develops, we’ll post it here in TCM.

Which brings us to a convergence.  No, not the Sun and the Moon, but rather Bryan Appleby’s excellent article on how to stealth camp with a truck camper.  Isn’t that exactly what’s needed for the eclipse; free overnight parking sites in the path of the totality that no one else has thought of?  Now we’re talking!

Bryan’s article is full of ideas on how to find a place to stealth camp.  Check it out:

Stealth Camping truck camper

For more ideas, we published an article last February titled, “50 Unconventional Free Overnight Parking Recommendations”.  In that article, readers offered some of their best ideas on where to park overnight – for free.

Free Overnight Camping

Boondock for the eclipse?  Heck yeah!  Just don’t forget your protective eclipse glasses.

This week’s Question of the Week was, “Will you be truck camping under the Great American Eclipse?”

“We started making plans for the eclipse several weeks ago.  We’ll be in Nantahala National Forest (just outside the Smokies) in North Carolina/Tennessee.  I’m really glad we started making plans a while ago since public campgrounds are running out of reservations.  Our first choice was already full.  We’re proud nerds, so this is a big deal for us!” – Jennifer Kiel, 2007 Tundra, 2012 Phoenix Camper

“Our hometown of Keizer, Oregon is in the direct path of it.  So instead of camping, we’ll be home.  Our local Short A Season baseball team is having an Eclipse game that morning and they’ll be taking a game break for the eclipse.  Since we have season tickets, we’ll be at the game for it.  It should be pretty cool.

Here’s a link to the baseball game information.” – Elliott Groeneveld, 2016 Ram 3500, 2011 Arctic Fox 1150

“Oh Wow!  Like y’all, I had no idea, but this is now on our calendar!  So, yes we want to! We’re in Virginia, so South Carolina, Kentucky, Tennessee and Great Smoky National Park are all in striking range.  I would love to join in a Truck Camper Eclipse party! Who’s hosting?” – Jim McIrvin, 2015 Ford F350, 2012 Lance 1191

“My husband, Mike Dvorak, and I will be awaiting the eclipse, with our glasses on, in our Clipper Canoe, in Lake Cascade, Idaho.  We reserved our site exactly nine months in advance.  We had scoped out the sites online, and were ready and waiting to reserve our site when reservations opened.  All the sites were gone in a short time.  We can’t wait!  Nine months of anticipation for a short thrill!” – Barbara Sutton, 2003 Ram 3500, 2007 Okanagan 90W

“I made reservations last year at Crater Lake National Park.  It’s three hours away.  I’ll be up and on the road at 6:00am headed for Madras, Oregon.  This is bucket list stuff.” – Bill Harr, 2005 Toyota Tundra, 2013 Four Wheel Camper Hawk

“Maybe.  I’m only a couple states away, but it wouldn’t be my first complete eclipse.” – Philip Tron, 2009 Chevy 3500, 2012 Lance 1050

“I’ll be south of Yellowstone.  Keep me informed of all photography, astronomy, truck camper gatherings you know of.  Thanks.” – Frank Perron

“We’ve known about the upcoming eclipse for quite some time and started searching for a good camping destination last year.  Finally we settled on Dreher Island State Park just west of Columbia, South Carolina.  It’s right in the path of totality.

We have a couple waterfront campsites reserved.  One is for us and one is for our kids who will join us for a few days.  Even though the eclipse only lasts a few hours, we’re making this a five day truck camper trip.  To make things even better, we’re towing our bass boat with us so that we can watch the eclipse from the water.

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