I met people from all across the US who, like me, chose Black Balsam Knob to watch day turn into night and then back again in a few minutes time. At an elevation of 6214 feet and within the total eclipse zone, how could it not be extraordinary? Still, we weren't prepared. It wasn't like regular night. It was like magical night. At that altitude we could see edges of light at the periphery so the darkness was a massive swath across the sky with glowing borders. Audible gasps. Hushed voices. Awe.
I didn't take pictures. I just stayed in the moment and let my GoPro shoot video. When it was over we didn't know what to do with ourselves. We all kind of looked around a bit more and at each other then slowly and quietly packed up our stuff, respectful of what we'd just witnessed and aware that we were now a little different than before.