In Grand Island, Nebraska, the traffic was backed up maybe 3/4 of a mile and was not moving. There were three other directions with traffic coming into the Stuhr Museum Property, so I decided to abort that location and went on into Grand Island and found a shopping mall with plenty of spare parking. I was able to park at a spot that had a tree for shade and a nice concrete square for a manhole with grass all around it....PERFECT!!
I was able to get times for First, Third, and Fourth Contacts, but I could not see the second numbers on my watch for Second Contact because it was so dark. I can get it within a very few seconds, but no perfect. Totality was wonderful, just too short. It would have been OK with me if it lasted 15-20 minutes anyway! It had the black circle in the middle for the Moon, with a fairly bright ring going all the way around it. Then,.....there were these two beautiful white butterfly wings going out on either side! I could see Venus easily, but I think there was a bit of very thin cloud in the way wherever Mercury was. I simply could not find it.
I had my little Canon pocket digital camera on an Infinity tripod. I took three shots, I think. Hopefully, they are not all blurred. However, at least the beauty of the eclipse is etched into my mind, if not the full details.
During the eclipse before and after totality, I had several people come up and look through my EclipseView 114. Especially after the eclipse, as the Moon withdrew and showed the string of sunspots, they showed up very well without the glare of the whole sun. I am thinking I need to use a green filter, to knock out some more light...especially the redder light in the sunspots, to make them show up better normally.
I am back in my Green Acres Motel room on the North side of Red Cloud. I have found out from the lady at the motel desk about a field that is open to the public a few miles South of town that I will have to explore before I leave. Going by the Light Pollution Map, with a Google Map in the background, the site should be dark grey. The elevation here is something like 1700 feet.
Hope those that tried to see the eclipse had fun, one way or another.