Governor Mead

Gov. Matt Mead speaks to reporters at the Casper Star-Tribune Wednesday afternoon, Aug. 16, 2017.

Josh Galemore, Star-Tribune

In some respects, the eclipse is the great equalizer — all you have to do is look up. So where will Wyoming’s top elected officials be viewing it from on Monday?

Gov. Matt Mead said he’ll be taking in the event from a boat on Glendo Reservoir in central Wyoming.

“A friend of mine has a little small house boat and he’s got like that top deck thing,” Mead said. “He’s just going to drive out in the middle of the lake.”

As for the federal delegation, they’ll be taking in the eclipse from their home bases in the Cowboy State while Congress is on recess.

Sen. John Barrasso will be viewing the eclipse from Casper Mountain, where he lives, according to a spokesman.

U.S. Rep. Liz Cheney’s chief of staff said Cheney will be watching with her family in Wilson, a small Teton County town outside Jackson.

Sen. Mike Enzi is the only one who will be viewing the eclipse from outside the path of totality. Spokesman Max D’Onofrio said Enzi will be watching from Gillette, where Enzi lives and has deep roots, and even without the totality he expects Enzi will make an effort to watch.

“I would imagine that he would still want to see the eclipse even if it is not a total eclipse,” D’Onofrio said.

The eclipse will still be viewable outside the path of totality, though it will be less dramatic as the moon will not entirely block the sun. Totality will be longest in the center of the state, with Glendo, Casper, Riverton and Jackson experiencing just shy of 2 minutes and 30 seconds of totality and towns like Lander and Thermopolis just barely making it inside of the path, with about one minute of totality.

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