Bay Area eclipse chasers following sun for more than 2 decades

SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) -- For most people who see the total solar eclipse on Monday, it will likely be a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Total eclipses actually happen about every 18 months, but they're only visible in certain parts of the world at certain times.

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So people who want to see more than one usually have to do some serious travel. They're known as "eclipse chasers" and they include a San Francisco couple, following the sun for more than two decades.

Dr. Donald Abrams says his eclipse-chasing days began on his first date with Clint Werner in 1994. "You know, most people on a first date say, 'You want to go down to the corner and have a beer or something?' But he said let's go to Chile and see a total eclipse of the sun, so I said OK. I called his bluff."

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But it was no bluff. Abrams and Werner went to Chile and were hooked. They've now seen 15 total solar eclipses together all over the world and have a house full of memorabilia and t-shirts to prove it. They even named their dog after the August 21 eclipse, and he will be with them as they watch it from Oregon.

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On the day of the eclipse, we'll bring you live coverage on TV and online. Click here for other ways to watch this rare event in the Bay Area.

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Written and produced by Jennifer Olney
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