The moon will totally block sunlight on Aug. 21 and many areas in Valley County will be prime viewing locations. Here are a few safety things to know as you prepare.
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No roadside viewing: Use the shoulder only for roadside emergencies, not to gawk at the eclipse, transportation officials say. “We don’t want people stopping in the middle of the road when the eclipse (happens),” said Bill Kotowski, Idaho Department of Transportation spokesman.
The biggest traffic jam: The worst traffic may not be people coming to see the eclipse, but motorists eager to leave all at once afterward, planners say. Some communities are suggesting visitors stay awhile, rather than try to leave immediately.
Gas: Leave home with a full tank of gas. Some of the communities where you can view the eclipse, such as Crouch, have just a couple of gas stations.
Provisions: Bring food, water and other stuff you might need. Stores and restaurants could easily be overrun with people who don’t prepare ahead. Don’t leave trash: Pack out what you pack in. Make sure you have enough cash or credit cards. ATM machines hold only so much cash, say Idaho tourism officials.
Where to view it:
Cascade: Visitors to Cascade can view the eclipse at Kelly’s Whitewater Park. Parking will be available at: Cascade Community Center, 409 N. School St.; city parking area across from Cascade Rural Fire and EMS Station, 109 E. Pine; Valley County Fairgrounds, 520 S. Front St.; Cascade Sports Park; and Cascade School District, 209 N. School St.
Donnelly: View the eclipse at the Donnelly Elementary School field, 327 E. Roseberry Road. Park at Donnelly Elementary and Donnelly tennis courts, near the school.
Tamarack Resort: About 400 people already have booked a sold-out ski-lift trip up the mountain, elevation 7,700 feet, to get a little closer to the eclipse. But the resort’s amphitheater will be open for viewing, as will the beach on Cascade Reservoir near the resort. Kayaks will be available for rent.