For days, weeks, even months, millions of Americans planned for the best solar eclipse experience possible under their own unique circumstances. Some school systems ordered protective glasses for every student and employee so that their educational communities could enjoy this ultimate teachable moment. Some families took the day off work and school to make an outing of the event. Some observers watched the amazing images unfold via live television and online coverage. Some individuals briefly paused from their busy schedules to gaze up at the sky for two minutes of magic.
Living and working in metro Atlanta on the day of the eclipse, my plan was to find a viewing spot that was open, high, and nearby. Naturally, my thoughts turned towards a monadnock – you know, “an erosion-resistant rock rising above a peneplain” (oxforddictionaries.com). Sound familiar? We have three of them within a 30-minute drive of the Atlanta city center.