The Eclipse of 2024

Vermont State House steps, Eclipse of 2024, Montpelier, VT, USA.

April 8 finally arrived, and locals and people from around New England and much farther afield met on the Vermont State House lawn to share the once-in-a-lifetime experience of a total solar eclipse.
Miraculously, it was one of the sunniest days in weeks. On State Street, Woodbelly Pizza sold slices to a long line of buyers. Kids performed their customary State House antics, running on the grass and sliding off the cannons from the Spanish American War. Telescopes and cameras on tripods and hundreds and hundreds of pairs of eclipse glasses turned skyward as the drama unfolded.
On the steps of the capitol, from under a Montpelier Alive awning, DJ Xav Jimenez from Buch Spieler Music spun out ethereal sounds that fit the mood and the day and stopped as the eclipse started and the skies began to darken.

As people in folding chairs or on the State House steps watched, a tiny nub of black appeared on the bottom of the disk of the sun and then the moon steadily covered the light until it was darker than dusk, lights shone in the surrounding state office buildings, and the crowd gasped and cheered.
Some people lingered, but in short order every road out of town that could reach the southbound entrance ramp of I-89 was jammed with out-of-state cars and a few Vermont drivers, inching their way home. It was a long wait just to get onto the Interstate. And then a multi-hour crawl for anybody to get anywhere to the south. Traffic was grid-locked on State Street, Memorial Drive, Bailey Avenue, Main Street, basically anywhere that could get you to I-89. The stalled bumper-to-bumper line on Elm Street went on for miles as people who had been in northern Vermont headed down Route 12 into the city. Eventually, like the eclipse, they were all gone. Click here for a gallery.

Total totality, 3:28 p.m.

A bicyclist uses the fastest mode of travel as traffic inched its way along Main Street toward the Interstate, post eclipse.

Cell phones out for the moment of totality.

Southbound, more or less, Interstate 89.


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One Comment

  1. lazenbyphoto April 12, 2024 at 4:57 pm #

    Thanks, Dottie!
    Joan has been keeping informed about your exploits with her. Great to hear about your adventures.
    Best to you!

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