West Virginians look to the heavens for once in a lifetime event

By Vanta Coda III, RealWV

Voices whisper and cheer at 3:18 as the peak of the partial eclipse at the Great Cacapon Overlook, at Great Cacapon State Park, as the moon reaches its full 91% eclipse coverage of the sun in West Virginia.

Even though West Virginians were not able to see totality like other states, this event for some, is a once in a lifetime occasion.

Photo by Vanta Coda III, RealWV.

The Great Cacapon Overlook comes after a somewhat steep and rugged ride near Berkeley Springs, West Virginia. Here, families and friends gathered to gaze up at the sky together, as many did across the parts of North America in the eclipse’s path.

Our natural world is one of the few common-held joys we have the opportunity to celebrate with all people, no matter the differences of age, language spoken, or lives lived between us.

Paige Cumberpatch tries to slip solar eclipse glasses over her golden retriever’s eyes. Cumberpatch and her sister Boo Lahman drove from Annapolis, MD, to view the partial eclipse. Photo by Vanta Coda III, RealWV.

West Virginia will see many more partial eclipses in the coming decades, but not as close to a totality as what was witnessed in our state yesterday. However in 2099, West Virginia will be in the path of totality of an eclipse.

Eddie Chavez and his wife Moníca, take pictures of the partial eclipse near an ‘Almost Heaven’ swing. The swings can be found around the state, either overlooking a view or marking an important area in West Virginia’s state history. Photo by Vanta Coda III, RealWV.

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