[H. Rick Bamman]
McHenry County College professor of earth science Paul Hamill of Woodstock traveled to Watertown, Tennessee, near Nashville to get a better view. He said he was able to see totality for two minutes and 30 seconds.
“I knew it was going to be impressive, but I wasn’t expecting that. It was just incredible,” he said, adding that he was able to see a great view of the “famous diamond ring” as the moon overcame the sun.
Hamill said he knew he did not want to be in an area that was too crowded, so he picked a park with about 100 people.
“It was definitely a party atmosphere, with everyone standing with their glasses and viewing devices, waiting,” he said, speaking from his car on his way home Monday.
With fears of not being able to see the eclipse gone, Hamill's only worry was the traffic on his drive home.