It’s a rare opportunity to witness a total solar eclipse in your own backyard, but that is what we have on August 21. But to give us the best chance of viewing, we have built a custom, three day weekend feature two wonderful resources in our community, Professor of Physics Robert Reynolds and Tyler Nordgren ’91, professor of physics at the University of Redlands (Reynolds was Nordgren’s advisor at Reed). We will be spending the weekend on a private ranch just north of the John Day Fossil Beds. Tyler is serving as the NPS’s astronomer for this event and will be giving talks both at the park and at the ranch. We planned the excursion before learning about Tyler’s role with the park service, so you might say the stars aligned nicely for us!
Our base for this adventure will be the Diamond Hitch Mule Ranch just south of Kimberly. We have some prime camping spots picked out on the property, and our hosts promise gourmet meals including a Sunday gala with a chuck wagon. We’ll camp under the stars along the John Day River at the base of Wedding Cake Rock. We might even hear the elk bugling at night.
For details or to sign up, please visit Eventbrite.
Maximum group size: 75 **Note: This trip is currently sold out.**
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