I woke up at 3:30am to check traffic to Madras and Salem and both were clear. We originally thought everyone would go to Salem because it’s closer to Portland and just 50 minutes down I-5 so we were going to go to Madras to avoid the traffic. But Eclipse-ageddon didn’t happen so we decided to go to Salem.
By 5am we were out of the hotel and after a long wait at Voodoo Doughnut for donuts and coffee, we got to Salem by 7am, brought our camping chairs to the State Capital grounds where a lot of people were already gathered and waited until 9:05am for the eclipse to start.
Here’s a video at the total eclipse, it went dark very quickly and then we could take our glasses off and see the corona around the moon. It looks like a dim sun in the video but in real life it was a thin ring of light around a black circle. Amazing.