10 people and one toddler, from 3 Canadian Provinces and one USA State, arrived to use this house as a staging point to observe the Great Total Solar Eclipse of 2017. Even if there were no eclipse, this house, the camaraderie, the amazing food and drink, and the dazzlingly clear night skies above Grass Valley would have made this a memorable event. This is my 7th total eclipse, and it was was awesome! We used the day before the eclipse to reconnoiter observing sites. We chose a pullout with an interpreted “Mountain Identifier" just off the gentle peak of the Shaniko Summit with a spectacular view over the valleys, canyons and giant volcanoes to the west. In case there were no pullouts available, Fred offered us a site on his land inside the Path of Totality.
10-1/2 people is the full capacity for this house. We came with loads of wonderful fresh food produced in market gardens, and made good use of the very well equipped and supplied kitchen and BBQ.
We very much appreciated the generosity of our hosts.
For all of us, this trip was one of life's highlights. This house, and our hosts, made this event memorable. Thanks Fred!