DMax82 wrote in post #18422478
I hope that "we" is referring to you and the dream team! So just out of curiosity, how did you settle on Spring City? Did you do a lot of research? I'm am starting to get paranoid that everywhere is going to be super chaotic. I've only passed through Spring City once a few years ago. I know the Sparta area pretty well, and think that Scott's Gulf/Virgin Falls could be amazing.
Haha, no just me and the parents. We're visiting family in Kentucky/Alabama and the totality line runs right between, so our choice was more out of convenience. Eclipse duration maps show Spring City is right on the cusp of 2m 40s near the centerline, and we didn't want to deal with what's sure to be large crowds in the bigger cities or state parks.
Don't blame you for being paranoid, nobody has any idea what spectators will do or where they'll go. I can only imagine the mad rush if clouds starting becoming an issue. Gonna be a 4 hour drive for us (assuming no traffic or weather diversions) so can't make Spring City until 9-10am EDT. (I think that's way too late!) But from the town's website and FB page, they're setting up many viewing areas, designated parking, shuttle service, etc. Some folks are even opening up their private homes/properties (for a few bucks a person) for hosting viewing parties/gatherings or overflow parking. So it sounds like they're all heavily coordinating in anticipation of what's to come.