My bag’s nearly packed, with a box of healthy chips (called Special K Rice Crisps, Sour Cream and Onion flavor), a shirt, a pair of shorts, a pair of pants, and a pair of socks in tow. My handy laptop might also be included in it, as well as all my needed essentials, since I’ll be heading up to Reno for an overnight stay.
However, I’ve been informed by my uncle that tonight, just after 6:30pm Pacific Daylight Time, I might see a total solar eclipse when I’m already up there in Reno, and he told me that I’ll see it in full without any dimming or interruptions. He described an ingenious trick on how to view the eclipse using some folded sheets of paper from a letter I received lately and putting another sheet of paper (in this case, an envelope) so that I can see the sun while the moon passes by, covering the sun altogether. He told me that here in the Bay Area, we might see only 85% of the eclipse because the trajectory is a little off from the real path; in Reno and in other places, it is said to be at 100%, a perfect opportunity for me to watch the moon pass over the sun, covering it completely. It will be a rare chance for me to watch the total solar eclipse in real time out in the Sierras, but hopefully, I will be amazed by the spectacle.