Crowds who gathered in Cascade wowed by total solar eclipse

Posted at 10:13 PM, Aug 21, 2017
and last updated 2017-08-22 00:13:37-04

The small town of Cascade was one of the towns in the path of totality, and it saw a serious influx of crowds for Monday’s total solar eclipse.

Visitors from all around the country, and the even the world, descended on the small Idaho town for a chance to see the rare celestial event.

Some of those who traveled a long distance had been planning their trips for years. 

The culmination of that planning – nearly two minutes of near darkness in the middle of the day that elicited excited responses from viewers.

“I thought it was the best thing I’ve seen in my whole entire life!”

“It’s definitely a ‘once in a lifetime’ thing -- something you’d never forget.”

“Best 115 seconds of your life.”

Thousands hit pause Monday morning to look up and soak in the solar views from Kelly’s Whitewater Park. 

“It didn’t seem like it was two minutes; It seemed like it was 30 seconds!”

Some folks experienced their first total eclipse, while others were self-described “eclipse chasers.”

“It was my third one, and the best one!”

Onlookers watched closely through lenses, scopes, shadows, and, of course, cell phone screens. All to capture the iconic moments of totality, so they can be admired for years to come.