I may have an opportunity to catch this eclipse after all. Perhaps. It's just that I need to be in Mountain View, CA 09:00 on the 22nd. I can get to SFO on the 18th or 19th, and getting a flight to Portland or Seattle on the 20th seems to be doable. Getting a flight from Portland to SFO late on the 21st, however, doesn't seem possible (sold out). Flying from Seattle has more options, but Seattle is a much longer drive from the totality zone (I don't care about the partial phase after totality). The latest flight is at 20:45. Another option is to catch the first flight in the morning from Seattle on the 22nd, and I should be able to reach Mountain View almost on time, but this is less attractive as I would probably be slightly late and I will have the hassle to find an extra place to stay overnight (the first night should be closer to the totality zone, in it if possible). I guess it's also possible to drive from the eclipse all the way to California (11 hours?) and still be able to catch some sleep before my meeting on the 22nd, but this sounds quite exhausting.
To anyone here who would happen to know the roads - what option seems to be the best one?
EDIT: Or I could even drive from California on the 20th and back again the next day. It may not be much fun, but it would give some freedom in where to be in the totality zone.
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