Tuesday, July 28, 2009

The Wedge

In Newport Beach they have this spot called The Wedge, where a long jetty(pile of rocks) meets the ocean so that the waves will be less strong by the houses on the beach. However, on the other side of the jetty where there are not houses nearby, the waves double, triple, and get humongous!
Saturday we heard that the waves were huge, so we decided to go take a look. The waves were probably over 15-20ft in height, so only experienced wave riders were in the water(or even allowed near the water). There were about five lifeguards on land not letting the public in or near the water, with lifeguards on boats nearby just waiting for disaster to happen. Apparently on Friday an experienced swimmer actually got too close to the jetty and the waves pinned him up against the sharp rocks, injuring him very badly. It took awhile for the lifeguards to rescue him, and even after being rushed to the hospital, he unfortunately died there. Even on shore the current is so strong, nobody was allowed to touch the water or even have their feet in. We took pictures shortly after getting there, but the camera doesn't do justice. They don't even look like big waves, so I won't post them up. But it was a really fun thing to go see, even after spending about 45 minutes attempting to find a place to park. :)

3 comments:

Eric and Rozanne said...

45 minutes to park? Wow! That's too bad about that swimmer. They probably should have kept everyone out of the water, huh?

Amber said...

I am so glad you commented on our blog! We were just talking about you guys the other day, wondering what you were up to and all of that. Now I can keep up with you on your blog! I can't wait to tell Dan. And congrats on the coming baby. Little girls are so much fun.

Amber said...

Oh my goodness, I just spent like 40 minutes checking out like your whole blog (I just keep giving handfuls of lucky charms to my 21 month old to keep her occupied :) )
Your baby is due right around the same time Megan was born (10/31). And Dan's b-day is 10/27. We like those Halloween b-days. How fun.
I'm glad Jared got a tennis racket for his bday--he had one of ours for like 2 1/2 years. And I love that he has a nerf gun because don't worry, Dan has one too and loves it.
That's awesome that you are in California now! If we ever decide to go to Disneyland, we'll definitely have to come see you. And you guys are welcome in TX anytime! Anyway. I pretty much feel like a stalker now, but it's great to catch up :)