In the weeks leading up to the events, there seemed to be no topic more newsworthy than the approaching total solar eclipse, which would be the first total eclipse visible from the continental United States since 1979, and for Greater St. Louis, since 1442. The National Guard declared a state of emergency due to the extraordinary number of travelers expected to move into the path of totality for the event, and the hype was out of this world.
In our research of what to expect, we discovered that many people had given many accounts of what the experience would be like, and although their descriptions sometimes varied, one thing they all unanimously agreed on was that no verbal explanation or photo would ever justify the experience itself. We walked to the park with a cooler full of eclipse-themed snacks and waited for the experience to begin.
All of the spectacles and byproducts of the eclipse held true – the sweeping darkness, the eerie calm, the lit dusk to dawn lights, the chirping insects, the sharp shadows, the mini eclipses in the shadows of trees, the black sky and bright horizon, but what held true the most was the indescribable amazement we all shared during totality. The crowds at Tower Grove Park unanimously let out a loud "Wow!" as we all removed our glasses, and continued to ooh and aah throughout totality until the diamond ring appeared atop the moon, signaling the end of the rare phenomenon.
If you happened to miss this total eclipse, another will be visible in certain parts of the U.S. on April 8, 2024, and we insist you make plans to see it.