After the Eclipse & FFXIV Moonfire Faire

I’m just getting back into the swing of things after taking a few days off from life for a mini-vacation on the coast to view the solar eclipse earlier this week. It was an extremely cool thing to see in totality, and worth every mile we drove, even in backed-up traffic.

Eclipse Adventures

Syn and I headed to the coast, where I haven’t been in quite a while. It’s sad that I live about an hour away from a popular beach vacation spot, but I never go there. We spent some time on the pier and at the shore, as well as on the saltwater marsh walk, and through all sorts of shops and eateries.

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The day of the eclipse, we had to drive a bit further south from our hotel, and traffic was a bear. The day started out cloudy and rainy, but luck was on our side.

We found a nice little park that was out of the way and fairly quiet. There was a small group of folks out there — a photography club had gathered to try and snap some shots of the event. But everyone was polite and very into the event. I laughed as someone played Dark Side of the Moon while totality grew near.

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Sunny moment at the park.

The clouds often threatened our view, and even during totality, it was a bit hazy. But we got to see what we came for.

It was pretty surreal during the totality when the sky got dark, all the lights in the park came on, and there was a perpetual sunset on every horizon.

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Darkness falls at 1:47 PM as sunset spreads on every horizon.

This lasted about two minutes, and after that, the clouds moved over us in earnest. So it held out just long enough for us to enjoy the culmination of it all.

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Syn got a better picture of the eclipse than I did.

Solar Eclipse: 10/10
Would eclipse again.

Moonfire Faire

After seeing Syn off to the airport, I came home last night, and somewhat inspired by our ocean adventures, I decided to work on finishing up the Moonfire Faire for my level 30 Alts who still needed stuff from the event.

So, I got the outfit for Ben… who looks like he feels a bit drafty…


And Zemi, who took to it like a natural.


Of course he would.

I still have to finish up the event on Tai tonight. He managed to snag some battered fish out of the FC chest, so he’s all set. I just need to finish up the actual quest to get his gear.

As soon as this event comes to a close, we’ll have The Rising starting up. After seeing the teaser image, I’m curious what it’ll be about this year. Looks promising!



  1. We didn’t travel for the eclipse and I wish we had. We were going to get 93% occlusion and for some reason I figured that would be ‘good enough’ but it turns out I was wrong. It was still cool to experience and (we live in an apt complex) there was an impromptu viewing party out by the pool during which I got to meet some of the neighbors, but even at 93% blocked it was still pretty bright out, though the light definitely had an odd color and the temperature dropped. Coolest thing for me was the crescents you could see in the shadows cast by the leaves. I posted a couple pics on my twitter feed. Neat stuff.

    If I had it to do over we would’ve driven to a point of total eclipse. It was just a couple hours away so we definitely could have. Maybe we’ll try in 2024 though we’ll have to travel much further.

    Even with all that it was cool just watching it on the news…or more accurately, watching people get excited and awed when totality hit them. For a few moments the country felt like it was united again, even though I know that wasn’t actually true. It was a pleasant illusion, though.

    1. Yeah, we may be making plans for the 2024 eclipse. It’ll be a further journey for me, but I’d do it again for totality. This time, we’ll be better prepared and have a stronger understanding of what to bring and do. We learned that a welding helmet is much better to view the partial eclipse than the little viewing glasses, for example. SOOOO much better, especially through the clouds.

      I’m glad that for a little while we could find beauty and awe in something outside of ourselves and the state of the nation. It’s a good reminder that the world still goes on.

  2. 2024 will be very close for me… 🙂

    Glad you enjoyed it! I didn’t travel, so I only saw about 90%, but it was pretty neat.

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