Why I’m staying home for the April 8 solar eclipse

I did not expect to be where I am today.

As a space reporter, I have spent the better part of the past decade floundering back and forth about moving to Florida to live on the Space Coast, where I could attend all the rocket launches and put myself in the thick of where so much space news takes place. But alas, for a number of reasons, both personal and professional, I have remained content where I am.

In 2017, shortly after I moved to my current residence, I traveled to Fulton, Missouri, to witness my first total solar eclipse. It was a four-hour drive getting there the night before, and, given the popularity of the event, the accommodations I was able to reserve were far below five-star. However, I was there to witness an incredibly awesome celestial occurrence, so it didn’t matter that the sink blocked the bathroom door from closing.

Seriously, the bathroom door couldn’t close because the sink was in the way. (Image credit: Josh Dinner)

Related: Here are the most amazing photos and videos of the 2017 solar eclipse

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