Eclipse Draws International Visitors to Midlands

A couple from Montreal, Canada is traveling here to watch the phenomenon! Colleen Lashuk and Bruce Campbell say the more than 1-thousand mile trip is worth it esepcially since they will also be celebrating 17 years of marriage that weekend! They say the

CAMDEN, SC AND MONTREAL, CANADA (WLTX) - A Canadian couple is traveling more than 1000 miles to see the total solar eclipse right here in the Midlands.

Colleen Lashuk and Bruce Campbell will be making the trip down from Montreal next month.

“Why not? I mean yeah, listen it’s also our anniversary, so when Bruce was planning his trip by himself to go see the eclipse, he then went through the dates and thought 'oh maybe we should both go,'” Lashuk explained with a smile. “So my mother is going to take care of our kids and we’re going to have a little weekend away which is also really nice.”

Lashuk said her husband is an amateur astronomer and has known the Columbia area has been the best spot to see the moon’s shadow for years.

“He’s a slightly obsessive amateur astronomer, too. It’s not accidental,” Lashuk said passionately. “He always knows what’s going on.”

The couple will celebrate 17 years of marriage over eclipse weekend. Campbell said he does not know how he’s going to top this anniversary.

“I don’t think I can align the solar system quite the same way next time, but there you go. Who knows what celestial event may happen,” Campbell joked.

The pair have family in South Carolina, but have never been to the Midlands.

“We’re staying in Camden, South Carolina so we don’t exactly know where we’re going to be the moment of the eclipse but somewhere where we can see the sky, which luckily is most places,” Campbell said. 

The couple will fly into Charlotte next month and then drive down.

They both said they cannot wait to witness the once in a lifetime event.

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