Excitement for the August 21, 2017 total solar eclipse had been building throughout the summer, and Onur and I were getting excited too. We were mulling over options to travel to Oregon when the Mount St. Helens Institute announced a guided eclipse hike to Coldwater Peak.
Although we'd only experience a partial eclipse from Coldwater Peak--about 97%--we thought it sounded like a fun activity to do together. The field trip included camping on Coldwater Ridge the night before, as well as dinner, breakfast, and lunch. Onur would have the chance to visit the Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument, a place he'd never been before, and we'd also be able to do something new together as a couple: camp together!