The Eclipse

I left with my family and some friends to climb Peaked Mountain. We started at 8250 ft. and hiked for a couple miles to the top. It was surprisingly easy, maybe from 4 years of soccer I don’t know. About 100 ft from the top there was an extremely steep, maybe 30 degrees, I wanted to climb there so our friends and their dog came with me up the steep part and we arrived at the top 10 minutes ahead of everyone else to see a huge mountain range that extended for miles, we also saw the people who took the chairlift on the next mountain over, heh amateurs. The eclipse started slowly and the temperature slowly decreased and the moon slightly took a larger and larger bite of the sun. We waited for an hour and I even pulled out the word bored. But right as the sun went out a shadow raced across the land and sky enveloping us in darkness and the temperature dropping to 40 degrees as a huge, spiked, white ring blazed in the sky as well as some stars and venus. Everyone was freaking out grabbing their cameras and photoing the eclipse as fast as possible. We stood there frozen from the sheer impressiveness of the eclipse as well as it being almost freezing.Then after two minutes of pure darkness the light and warmth of day returned from the darkness. Everyone was saying “Did you see that?” and “That was amazing!” It truly was a once in a lifetime experience being at 10000 ft and seeing the moon swallow the sun and darkness covering us. After the totality everyone packed their bags and started the walk back down. One super hardcore guy was so amazing to have biked up the mountain. We walked down the mountain enjoying the view and taking a couple checks on the sun every now and then. And right as we got down I checked the sun and saw the normal ball of  orange, with eclipse glasses of course.

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