West Michigan man and his son traveling to see Total Solar Eclipse
PORTAGE, Mich. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) - Millions of people will be looking to the skies on Monday, for what's being called the Great American Total Solar Eclipse.
Newschannel 3’s Jessica Wheeler caught up with a local man who is taking the trip of a lifetime to make sure he has the best view.
Here in west Michigan we will see a little more than 80-percent coverage of the sun during the eclipse. But that wasn't enough for Rick Chambers, he wants to be on what's called the "path of totality" so he his son are leaving on the trip 38 years in the making.
For Chambers, August 21st, 2017 has been on his radar since high school.
"The very first eclipse I saw was a partial in February 1979. I was a junior in high school. And I got to look at it through welder’s glasses and I thought to myself I want to see a total one,” said Rick Chambers, who is heading west to view to solar eclipse.
It's an event he's been prepping for for a long time.
"And so I looked to find out when the next total was and it was August 21 of 2017. And I'm like 38 years?! It'll never get here, Said Chambers. “Well guess what it's here!”
This time he's experiencing it with his son, Tyler.
"I was committed from that moment and I said wherever I've got to go to go see it I want to go see it,” said Chambers.
The pair has matching shirts and their eclipse glasses ready.
They also bought a special tent that adapts to their car because they know hotels are all booked.
Their potential routes are also already mapped out.
"We're keeping track of what the weather looks like. We're probably going to end up going west. But the final destination we will decide on the day we leave,” said Chambers.
Chambers hopes the show they see on Monday is as good as he remembers it was back in 1979.
"It's great to be able to enjoy this experience with my son. It's something that happens in frequently in one's life,” said Chambers. "But to share this what supposed to be an amazing experience. Something I personally have waited for for 38 years with my son is very exciting."
Rick and Tyler hope to make it to Nebraska by Sunday in order to decide the best place to watch the eclipse.
They are willing to go as far as Idaho, depending on the weather, to see the best show.