Many people have listened to Carly Simon's song about the guy who flew his plane up to Nova Scotia to view the total eclipse of the sun in 1972--and a few are still trying to figure out who exactly she was writing about. Warren? Mick? Sweet Baby James? Some are even so vain to think they know for sure.
Regardless, It's been a long time since we got lost in the dark in the middle of the day.
This time around it's being called "The Great American Solar Eclipse!" Campsites from Oregon to South Carolina have been booked for months. Every state park in its path is going to be crammed with people wanting to experience this grand piece of history.
Animals will not be so impressed.
In fact, an eclipse can cause incredible confusion for them. Birds and insects will lapse into an eerie silence, things like dragonflies will hide under leaves, ants return to their nests, sheep and other cattle will walk back to their sleeping places.
Nocturnal animals like owls will hoot, bats will fly, and blackbirds will begin to sing like they do in the early morning. Even roosters will start to crow when the sun makes its way back from hiding, announcing that it's time for us all to get up!
Here at Capital Sportsman, we're going to celebrate the event at Charlie Daniel's Park with a commemorative black hat and canteen to remember the moment.
We plan to have these canteens filled with H20 to keep the celebrators cool while the sun is out, then in, then out again. But that can easily be replaced with a favorite elixir for those days when you drink all night and back into the day.
Aug 21st > 11a.m. - 3p.m. CST
Charlie Daniels Park
1075 Charlie Daniels Parkway
Mount Juliet, TN 37122