Menius said he wanted to avoid "people screaming and acting crazy and getting goofy.While most in the park sought out shade, Joe Menius of Dallas, Texas, set up camp in the middle of a field.JEFFERSON CITY — In his lifetime, Gunder Karlsson has seen two eclipses - sort of."I've experienced two, one in Finland in 1990 and one in Munich in 1999," he said. "So Karlsson, of Stockholm, Sweden, hopped a long flight to Chicago, then onto Springfield, in hopes of catching the total eclipse in Jefferson City.Karlsson works for Northstar Battery Company, which has offices in Sweden and a plant in Springfield.
Clair's website put it: "Get your eclipse on Route 66."Route 66, the famous "Mother Road," crosses much of the United States diagonally to the southwest, uniting small towns and big cities along the way.
There are some clouds in the skies here, but there's plenty of sun too, and people are sitting under umbrellas or in the shade of nearby trees as they await the main event."If the weather keeps like this, it's going to be gorgeous," Walker said.
Walker is set up outside the VFW post here with his tripod and camera, decked out with a 600mm lense."I've used that lens maybe three times in 10 years," he said. ASHLAND—Tim White and Jim Strogen had the same idea, though they hauled two different types of telescopes onto the grass in Ashland, a town of just under 4,000 between Columbia and Jefferson City.
White, a former astronomy teacher, had the easier go of setting up his telescope, a relatively large but lightweight cardboard tube on a wooden mount.
This device has the advantages of portability and ease of use."Five minutes after I park my truck, I can be looking at the stars," White said.