What a great total eclipse experience we had at Mann Lake.
As I approached the dam, the BLM and their partners, the Forest Service and Sheriff’s office were set up with a meet-and-greet tent. Their regular facilities were full but they had arranged for an overflow camping area at the inlet end of the lake. Everything was well organized and it was free. I met people from Germany, New Zealand, American Samoa, China, Bulgaria and many U.S. states — from Pennsylvania to California; there was an open air wedding, one of the NASA funded observation/photography balloon launches was there to watch, and a midnight hospital helicopter rescue livened up the night.
Everyone was impressed with how the government agencies and their employees from those three agencies worked 24/7 around the clock and played host with information and such positive greetings — not the usual “don’t do this” or “you can’t do that.” They were all smiles and really added to the great time we had. Congratulations to whoever was in charge or did the organizing. As we were leaving these folks at the entrance even met each one of our departing vehicles with smiles and waves.
Thanks to everyone.
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Tim Roehr, Orofino