Wound up in a massive rolling pasture just outside Tellico Plains, Tennessee, where the property owners had set up a parking and viewing area for people coming in to watch.
I have never witnessed anything like it in my life, even well before the nearly 2 minutes and 38 seconds of totality. The landscape just gets weirdly darker and darker despite the sun looking just as bright to the naked eye and shadows start warping into crescents and waves. Then the birds stop, the temperature drops, the sky gets a sunset tinge, the stars come out, then suddenly the shadow races across the landscape as the sun is covered.
The view of the eclipsed sun is the most amazing natural phenomenon I have ever seen. Seeing that pitch black circle where the sun once was with a faint but fiery ring surrounding it amidst a twilight landscape in the middle of the day leaves one with a sense of awe. Will definitely be going to see the next one.