Totality In Crete, Nebraska: August 21, 2017

It is fair to say that I will be talking about experiencing totality in Crete, Nebraska, for the rest of my life. If you were fortunate to experience the Eclipse of 2017 in a zone of totality, you will understand where I am coming from. If you experienced part of the eclipse, you will also understand how stunning the whole process is.

Eclipse Crete

My husband had been talking about this upcoming eclipse for a couple years and I honestly shrugged it off as another “star” event. As August 21, 2017 got a little closer it was evident that I should be taking this more seriously. This was a major event and we needed to travel to the zone of totality to get the full effect. Due to the fact that home for us is in North Iowa and it was a five hour drive to totality, this was a no brainer.

A few weeks before the actual eclipse we started hunting for eclipse glasses, as my husband was doing our homework for this big event. Locally, they were nowhere to be found. So, we headed to Amazon where we found them and quickly placed our order. A few weeks later, one week before the actual eclipse, Amazon sent us an email telling us that our glasses were not official eclipse glasses. This led to panic and a quick search for the approved eclipse glasses. One Facebook post later and I had a friend reach out to me that had extras on hand. We were now ready to head to totality.

We traveled to Crete, Nebraska and experienced totality and all our universe had to offer at the home of our good friends Ann & Steve from the PostcardJar. In case you are wondering what an Eclipse Party looked like, this summed things up fairly well.

Eclipse Party Viewing

As totality became closer, crickets began to chirp and birds began to sing. There was a sense of tranquility right before and after totality that I have never experienced before. It was as though our world stood still, we were unified as one and the sky lit up with a shining diamond.

Eclipse Totality

Several sky divers took to the skies in Crete during totality. Can you imagine how magical of an experience this must have been?

skydivers in crete

We had a view of a shining diamond with several sky divers all around.

Now I find myself planning for the Eclipse of 2024. This is the next time in my lifetime that it appears I will have an opportunity to view a total eclipse in the United States. For now I reflect on how peaceful totality was and the beauty that the skies offered on August 21, 2017 in Crete, Nebraska.

My husband and I were sporting our Eclipse 2017 t-shirts and will proudly wear these for years to come.

Eclipse Todd and Sara

In case you still need a t-shirt to commemorate this historical moment. You can order your shirt here. 

Were you able to experience totality for the Eclipse in 2017 in the United States? If so, I’d love to hear about it.

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19 thoughts on “Totality In Crete, Nebraska: August 21, 2017

  1. How cool that you got a photo of the eclipse! I love the fact that it was an event too “been there, done that, got the hat, got the t-shirt” lovely way of remembering such a unique experience 🙂

  2. Oh my gosh! I can’t even imagine skydiving during totality! That’s an awesome and insane idea! I went to Fulton, MO for totality and found that it was the most moving thing I’ve ever experienced in nature. I cannot wait for 2024!

  3. I’m so envious of you guys being able to see the eclipse in a zone of totality! I imagine the world simply stopped during that few moments – I would have held my breath too, what more when there’re skydivers hovering in the foreground. Must have a been really beautiful & memorable sight!

  4. My hometown was 91%, but it turned out to be a cloudy, dreary day. I’m so glad we ventured to the totality zone. I would love to meet someone who skydived in totality, as they would be fun to talk with.

  5. OMG… this is BRILLIANT. I considered setting the alarm to wake me at 130am to witness the eclipse myself here in Australia, but then decided I would get much more out of it reading incredible stories like yours. Glad that amazon advised you about the glasses too. Bring on 2024 huh?!

  6. You’re so lucky to live near the totality zone! Skydiving during the eclipse sounds like a brilliant/terrifying idea, but I can imagine it would be very cool to see people parachuting down as the sky gets dark. What a great experience!

  7. I can’t believe people went skydiving – that is just so epic. We didn’t go completely dark here (we’re a bit North) but it was still really cool. Nature experiences are always the most amazing travel memories.

  8. Awesome Sara! You guys got the totality thing. Super duper. Here in NYC we got a wee more than a sliver but that was OK. Almost like the feel of when you see a movie, filmed during daylight hours, but they add shade digitally to make it look like night time? This is exactly what it looked like during the eclipse in NYC. A little shadow, subdued sunshine, really weird and super fascinating.

  9. How fun! We were planning to experience totality this summer when we thought we would still be living in Kentucky, but when we moved we knew there would be no way we could get off work after just starting our jobs 🙁 Maybe 2024 will be our year!

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