Count me among the masses who ventured up to the page area to take in the eclipse. I was in Payson Friday & Saturday with a ham radio group and while they all headed back south on Sunday morning, I headed up north. My planned vantage point was Horseshoe Bend (Inspired by Don Hincliffe sp., who originally posted he was thinking about it.) I planned on arriving around 1400 guessing (correctly) that the little parking lot at the trailhead would not be full that early. Arriving at 1400 as planned I was able to park along the entrance road to the parking lot and found there was actually room in the lot itself. No Big Deal. Anyway I brought Polly, my ETX 60 and my Camera and anticipation. I met two nice fellow John From Arkansas And bob From Chicago who came out for the event as well and we decided to set up by each other. The Short ¾ mile hike led us to the spectacular scenery that in Horseshoe Bend, 1000 feet above the Colorado River. There were quite a few folks there and surprisingly many of them were unaware of the upcoming show. We set up about 10 feet from the edge of the canyon on a nice flat rock, which gave us a good view in the direction of the eclipse. I set up Polly with a Baader solar filter. I luckily had remembered I still had a piece of the file left over from an eclipse past and it was in good condition. I didn?t have time to make a proper cell for it though, so I just held it on the business end of Polly with one of my daughters hair Scrunchies, whatever works!. Bob had brought several pieces of #14 welders glass as well. While we waited for the eclipse I offered views of the sun to anyone interested and took plenty of photos of the canyon scenery and Socialized with the crowd. It was then I surmised I was one of only two Arizonans here (at least from the folks I talked to. Plenty of folks form out of state and even more from out of Country. I spoke with folks from Germany, Japan, France, Belgium, The UK, The Netherlands, among others. About 1500, we here this crash bang followed by some choice language and we this guy hauling two pelican cases and a few smaller ones on a hand truck, trying to rag it though the sandy trail. The cases kept falling off. He flew in from Denton TX, and then set up a Losmandy G something ( I forget exactly, but referred to it to my non astro friends as a ?Big-ass, heavy mount). After all was said & done, he had stuck a 60mm Ha Solar scope on this mount. A classic case of overkill, I thought he was gonna have top put the counterweight on the telescope side of the dec shaft! Anyway as the time drew near, Folks manned their cameras, Scopes & Eclipse glasses. Like jack, I was the first to call first contact (though in all honesty, I don?t think many around me knew what that meant). The view through the scope was quite nice and it was fun watching the moon occult the sunspot groups. I alternated looking through the scope and the eclipse glasses. A few minutes after first contact, I felt a tap on my shoulder and a French accent asking ? Pardon, Eez dere Someseeng appeneeng to ze Sun??? The fellow was there with his wife from Lyon, France . they were just touring the Southwest and happened by on their way to the Grand Canyon from the Arches in Utah. They had no idea about the eclipse. Matheau & Elise stayed and we shared our glasses & scopes with them and had a great time talking with them. Finally the time came. As annularity neared the din of conversation ebbed except for me calling time to Second contact , which came within about 15 seconds of the predicted time. This was the first time I saw Bailey?s Beads and they were beautiful! Again, I was first to call Second Contact. About 30 seconds into annularity I looked up and saw the dark purplish band of the moon?s shadow, quite a sight. I screamed out to everyone to look up and explained what they saw. I actually got quite a few oooh?s & aaah?s at that. A look backwards showed the lengthening shadows and the mini eclipses in the patches of light between the shadows. Really cool. The second round of Bailey?s Beads were better than the first and after third contact the crowd broke into applause. At that time, most casual observers began to leave, but we stuck around for Sunset. Right after Third Contact, a Belgian family that I had shared my Glasses with, Popped open a bottle of Champaign and offer me a glass. We drank ?Pour le Soleil et la Lune?!. The sunset through the telescope as the distant mountains silhouetted against the sun was spectacular. I took about 33 shots of the sunset, hoping to catch the Green Flash, and thought I did. It looked like a small green band on one the final images on the camera?s screen, but alas, once I got them downloaded to the computer, I realized I didn?t catch the GF, Too bad, would have been a great coda to a great experience. During the eclipse I took a few shots with the DSLR through the eyepiece, which came out well, but not great. I also took some shots during ingress using Bob?s welders glass. They came out pretty good as well. Turns out as the eclipse deepened, the camera had trouble focusing. John had taken a few shots using the welders glass only enough to cover the Sun, the camera was able to focus on the canyon with just a green corner with the Sun nicely eclipsed. Wish I?d thought of that?. After Sunset we hiked back to our cars and said our goodbyes and exchanged emails address so we could share our pictures. I was back on the road at 2000 and stopped in Flagstaff for the night (which made Sue sleep easier!). After a nice Shower & night?s sleep, finally made the last leg home Monday morning. 587 miles on the car for 4 ½ minutes and worth every mile. Whose up for 2017????? My gallery is up on my facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/#!/media/set/?set=a.415083758525423.98004.1000007140 87777 <http://www.facebook.com/#!/media/set/?set=a.415083758525423.98004.100000714 087777&type=1> &type=1 Clear Skies to all! Rick Tejera (K7TEJ) Sagauro Astronomy Club www.saguaroastro.org Thunderbird Amatuer Radio Club www.w7tbc.org -- See message header for info on list archives or unsubscribing, and please send personal replies to the author, not the list.