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Swamped With Cache

In this post I will finish up writing about my trip to southern Illinois to see the total eclipse. This will describe my first day there, August 18. In previous posts I described my second day (To Heron Back), my third day (The Pre-Eclipse Garden of the Gods), and my last day (Great Eclipse), the day of the eclipse. It made sense to do the eclipse first while it was still a news item and fresh in people’s minds. And the full reverse order just arose from that.

On the 18th I went canoeing in a bona fide swamp.

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To Heron Back

I’m continuing to write about my trip to southern Illinois to see the eclipse. I was somewhat undecided whether to make the nearly 500 mile drive there, but what tipped the balance was that I knew there was a bald cypress swamp there.

So here I’ll describe my second visit to the Cache River State Natural Area.

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Let me continue writing about my trip to the Shawnee National Forest to see the eclipse. One of the nicer geologic features at Shawnee is The Garden of the Gods, a sandstone rock formation.

I went there the day before the eclipse and they shut down the place around me.

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Great Eclipse

We now interrupt our non-regular and completely unscheduled set of Out West posts (yes, I’ll get to them later) for my quick trip to southern Illinois to view the eclipse in its totality.

And of course I found time to do other things.

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