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. :)

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

More Florida

I guess blogger didn't want to upload anymore pictures from the blog below, so here are more pictures I wasn't able to add to the Florida trip.

Jared and Cindi on the boat ride they took us on one evening, we got to see the gulf of Mexico!

Grandma Guelde enjoying her grandkids playing 4-square at Lisa's house

Pictures with Grandma!

Uncle Bob came to see us off the early morning we left, it was too bad we didn't get to spend more time before we left- but we were glad he came over so early to see us!

Summer Vacation

Well we just got back from the trip to Ocala Florida! We were there for a week, and started out with a few days at Grandma Guelde's house. All three of us when exploring the Gator Store to find things to support the Florida Gator Team. Jared got a shirt and pajama pants, and the baby got a bib and two bottles to use, it was cool to see all the fun things they had at that mall to support the team. One thing I didn't understand before going to Florida, is that pretty much everyone there is a hard-core Gator fan. Unlike Arizona or California, people in Florida really know how to wear the Gator colors proudly-that's all we saw when going anywhere.

We had a lot of fun relaxing and talking to Grandma. She bought ice cream for us to finish off- Jared didn't have too difficult of a time making sure that was gone before leaving. Jared loved jumping in the pool at every chance he got, but missed his brothers and family to swim with. :( It's not too fun to swim by yourself.

After a few days at Grandma's house, we drove up to visit Jared's mom and Steve in their beach house on Gasparilla Island, which was named after a pirate that supposedly buried treasure there. Unfortunately we did not find the treasure- but we did have a blast doing lots of fun things with them. The boys went fishing early the first morning we were there and Jared caught about a 50lb snook fish! They didn't get a picture because apparently when he was reeling it in, Steve was trying to get it to hold still or something but it gave one last jump and jumped right off the hook before they had a chance to have proof of their catch...maybe next time. Below is Jared about to head out the door to go fishing. I really like this picture of him and his mom together.

While the boys were gone fishing, Cindi and I drove around the island and she showed me all the beach houses there were. Apparently there are 300 houses total on this island, but it didn't seem like there could be that many considering the island didn't seem too big. While exploring, we saw a gopher turtle! They are called that because they burrow in the ground like a gopher, but I was surprised at how fast they moved. There was cool wildlife everywhere on the island! From cute little crabs to dolphins and manatees and pelicans. I was a little disappointed not to see a manatee, but they keep the boats moving in certain areas so they don't scratch up the manatees so I assume its a little harder to see one unless your boating where you're not supposed to be. The dolphins were great though! I'd never seen so many that close before, I think I saw at least one on every boat ride we went on- it was amazing! Cindi and I also painted coconut shells which was really fun. I am certainly not a painter so it was fun to learn new things from the pro. I made a nemo fish and Jared finished one side of my beach scene on the other coconut. Cindi made a beach scenery also, and a blue fish (I think hers turned out a lot better than mine- but it was still a fun project to do!). The picture below shows behind us the kind of fish Jared caught that day.

That night Steve and Cindi cooked us a seafood dinner like I have never had before! It was delicious, with the shrimp, scallops, crab, corn on the cob, and potatoes. Man it was so good! The day after was the day we drove up to Grandma's, but not after a little shopping trip with Cindi. That was a lot of fun, and Cindi was nice enough to get us a maternity clothes and Gator drinking glasses(which Jared and I have been using a lot since coming back). Thank you Cindi and Steve!

It was a really fun trip and I really want to go back again- maybe in the winter when it's not too warm- though I can't say it was too bad when we went, it was only in the early 90's the entire time we were there. Thanks to all the family we saw, we had a great time! Florida is beautiful and it was fun to explore the different parts of that state, we were glad we could go to visit!

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Off We Go!

Friday we are leaving to go to Florida to visit a lot of Jared's family before the baby comes. We will be there for a week (Friday to Friday) So I won't be blogging until we get back. This is my first trip to anywhere on the east side of the United States(I have only been as far as Colorado) so I am a little anxious to see what it is like. Jared and I are really excited to see his mom and Steve, Grandma Guilde, and his Aunt and Uncle. While we are up there we might be able to catch a space shuttle launch! We will have to take a lot of pictures so I can blog about them when we get back! Wish us luck!