2024 Total Solar Eclipse

Jefferson Ridge Campground
Dierks, Arkansas

Experiencing Totality

In 2017, I traveled a few hours north to Nebraska to place myself in the field of totality. That ethereal experience quickly led to planning where we would go for the 2024 Total Solar Eclipse.

On August 21, 2017, I knew I would be in Arkansas on April 8, 2024. 

I did not plan as far ahead as some when it came to booking accommodations. In 2017, I thought we’d be staying in a hotel or driving in for the day. Thankfully, it turned out to be much more enjoyable than a traffic gridlock many suffered through. Jared and I were able to plan around the eclipse to be the shake-down trip for our self-converted camper van. 

In November 2023, when we purchased our 2017 Ford Transit High Roof van, we knew that it needed to be travel-ready for April. We cut it closer than either of us would have liked. 

We were just north of De Queen, Arkansas — the town with the longest length of totality in the state — and on edge all morning as we hoped the clouds would break. Fifteen minutes before first contact, Jared and I contemplated rushing farther north to search for an opening. Just as that thought crossed our minds, the blue sky began to peak in and out. We decided staying put would be the best chance we’d get. And boy, was it worth it!

Using my Canon EOS R8 with my 400mm + 2x teleconverter and ND16 filter, it was another surreal moment capturing an indescribable event.