Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Eclipse Options - Spring Creek, North Carolina

Last week I blogged about my quest for the perfect spot for me to take my grandchildren to experience the upcoming solar eclipse. I'm still searching because option number one, Max Patch, has too many issues. Namely crowds. It really would be my first choice, and I'm sure there are hundreds, if not thousands of people out there contemplating the same option.

The next day on facebook I ran across option two, which is also a part of option one. Spring Creek.

An early spring picture of Spring Creek
This is the major artery in western Madison County, North Carolina where streams empty their silt and sand and water, including the raindrops that fall on Max Patch. I took this picture at a crossroads called Trust. Luck is the next crossroads on the road, by the way. Trust me, watching the eclipse from here is indeed an option. 

Trust me, there is a connection in all this rambling, so hang in there with me. 

Further downstream is the school I wrote about in my book, Back in the Time

The school opened in 1929 and with the consolidation of smaller schools in the seventies when the high school students were moved, it gradually shrank in population and need until it closed in the late eighties. It's been resurrected by a group of dedicated former students and teachers who joined to form the Spring Creek Community Center. It is now used for various community events. It houses a library. It houses Dave's 209 restaurant, a favorite stop for the many motorcyclists venturing along the North Carolina designated scenic highway nicknamed "The Rattler."

This group is currently working toward a new heating and air conditioning system for the center. And here it is, the connection to the eclipse!!! They are going to have an eclipse event right there. At the school. Wouldn't those teachers from all those years be thrilled.

Actually it's a fund raiser called the Solar Eclipse Supply Center. The Community Center will offer for sale picnic lunches and viewing glasses. They are inviting those who plan to make the pilgrimage up the mountain to Max Patch to stop by and support their cause.

Or just stop right there. The viewing will be perfect. Wide open.

The flats of Spring Creek
with plenty of viewing opportunities
Easy to get to. Just follow North Carolina Highway #209, exit twenty-four from I-40, going toward Hot Springs. This location can handle a crowd. There's plenty of parking spaces, and bathrooms, another drawback from going on up to Max Patch.

Bring a chair.

I checked here to see the percentage the moon will block the sun at the school. 99.1%. About as close to full as you can get.

Catch of the day,



  1. Great job! You must have decided against the other places.

  2. I'm still in the process of looking. There are so many options.

  3. Sounds like the perfect spot. I think we'll opt to stay right in our development on top of the highest hill. We've got our viewing glasses and are ready to roll.

    1. Sounds like a plan, Sandra. I'm still searching.