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Eclipse Chasers Travel Far and Pack Traditions: Orange Pants and Dinky Doo

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For Mandie Adams, the total photo voltaic eclipse on Dec. 4 will be the 12th a person she’s observed. It will also be the 12th for her teddy bear, Dinky Doo.

Viewing it will not be effortless. The eclipse will be seen only on a sliver of Earth in Antarctica, the South Orkney Islands and the bordering ocean. Ms. Adams, a rental-assets operator who lives in Southend-on-Sea, England, flew from London to Madrid to Buenos Aires to the city of Ushuaia on the southern tip of Argentina. From there, she will board a 15-day eclipse cruise, which sails via the notoriously turbulent Drake’s Passage, to see just under two minutes of total eclipse darkness—if there aren’t clouds.

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