Well you can see by the above photo it was a pretty dramatic event.
Okay, there is no photo. And there was no drama. I left the desert in the morning and logged in 258 miles driving to a vantage point that would be on the center line of the eclipse path thinking I would achieve maximum effect there. My only concern at this new position next to Honey Dry Lake was clouds. But as the climatic time approached the clouds were all gone and I was ready. I checked the time - 6:31pm. The moon is now fully on the sun leaving only a "ring of fire". Nothing. I've experienced full on eclipses of the sun before and was expecting at least a noticeable change in the light, but truth be known, if you didn't know anything was going on in the heavens you'd go on with business as usual as did the birds. If I had protective eye wear or a welder's helmet with me then I would have been able to see the "ring". As it was, the sun was still much to bright to look at it and taking a picture was out of the question for the sunlight would damage the sensor. But all was for naught. A lady showed me the pictures she got holding in front of her camera the free "eclipse viewing shield" she picked up just by chance at the local museum in Susanville. And my friends, her pictures were pretty cool looking. A "ring of fire" just like they said.