A once-in-a-lifetime astronomical experience deserves a once-in-a-lifetime vacation to witness it.
Airbnb and National Geographic have partnered with Ranch at the Canyons for a truly spectacular contest in which the winner and a guest will get to spend the night in a geodesic dome just outside Central Oregon’s iconic Smith Rock before taking a private jet into the sky to witness the total solar eclipse on August 21st.
What’s more, you’ll be joined by Dr. Jedidah Isler, a National Geographic Explorer and internationally recognized scholar who was the first African American woman to receive a Ph.D. in Astrophysics from Yale University. According to the Airbnb listing, “she’ll join you for an intimate dinner under the stars, sharing her passion for the power of natural phenomena to unify us all. (She’ll also be glad to answer your questions about the sun, moon, or stars beyond.) And you’ll meet Babak Tafreshi, a National Geographic photographer and science journalist, who will teach you how to capture the night sky.”
“The adventure starts the day before the eclipse, upon arrival to your accommodation – a custom geodesic dome surrounded by an observation deck equipped with a variety of telescopes – where you’ll be outfitted with everything you’ll need to set out on your expedition. Located near Smith Rock, a world-renowned destination for rock climbing and hiking, your home for the night will offer a spectacular and secluded base camp, set against a backdrop of Oregon wilderness.” – AirBnb
On August 21st (eclipse day) you’ll get up early and board a private jet in Redmond where you’ll set off for the Oregon Coast and become one of the few people to see the first moments of the eclipse as it moves across the United States.
Hundreds of thousands of visitors are expected in Central Oregon for the eclipse, but this has to be the most elaborate and unique viewing opportunity. You can enter clicking on the contest link above. Good luck!
And if you’re into glamping in the woods, Central Oregon offers several different ways to experience nature but with a few comforts of home. Check it out in this blog post.