We were lucky that Hot Springs was in the path of totality for the solar eclipse – it was really neat! Alison took us out in the boat to watch it. It’s hard to describe the eeriness that fell over the earth; I’m just so glad I could see it! Afterwards we went back to David and Alison’s for a yummy BBQ lunch outside. Later that evening, we had a lovely rain that lasted a couple of days – one of my favorite things!

Rick took off early on Tuesday. Later that day, we had lunch at Santorini’s with Carl Paschall and his wife Jane Ellen who were in town visiting relatives. Carl is also a foreign service officer (and ambassador); we met him back in 2009 or so. It was fun to catch up with him and meet Jane Ellen. Very nice folks!

I was happy to get back to yoga at Karen’s downtown studio on Wednesday while Russ came to visit John for the day. I repeated yoga on Thursday and Friday, adding stops at my favorite places on the way home. Yesterday John and I tried to drive around to look at parts of town we aren’t familiar with, like Mount Riante and Diamondhead, but were thwarted by gates – but we enjoyed the drive and catfish at The Filling Station. Everything is so green and beautiful! We drove through Lake Catherine State Park and stopped to see Carpenter Dam. In the early evening, we went downtown to see some close-up magic at Maxwell Blade’s theater – I was tickled that he’s put in this cool bar with an homage to the old Malco Theater where he’s located:

We finished watching the 2016 “War and Peace” and really enjoyed it – so much that we’re now watching the same director’s version of “Middlemarch.” I finished “The Covenant of Water” (wow) and started “Bel Canto.”

I’ll leave you with a few more eclipse photos!

Rick and John
Marybeth and James
Early part of eclipse (it’s dark due to the filter on my phone)
Almost there!

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