L and I finished our chores quickly this morning and headed to the beach. We'd heard that the waves were pretty big, and that's always fun to watch. Traffic was horrific getting down there - I guess that means summer has officially arrived. We had driven the Miata - the better to find a parking space - and we lucked out just one block from the sand! A summer miracle.
We could see the crowd lining the beach watching each big wave crash onto the shore. We had come down to the jetty, and the waves - if they're inclined to be big - can be especially so down there. And, they did not disappoint. There were a few brave body surfers in the water, and they were dwarfed by the huge waves.
Can you see the little heads bobbing in front of the waves? They were bigger than they look in these pictures!
All of a sudden we noticed the waves getting even bigger, pounding closer to shore, and up on the rocks of the jetty. To our horror, we saw two people on a jet ski trying to out run a really large, mean-looking wave. And the wave won, driving the jet ski onto the rocks. People started running out onto the jetty to save them, and half a dozen life guards sprinted into the water, screaming at the other people to get back off the jetty. I've never witnessed anyone being saved from a life-threatening situation like that before, and so I was so impressed by how quickly they swam out, were able to grab hold of the two people, and swim back in with them. The man (looked to be early twenties) seemed to be OK - a little tired and scared, but OK. The girl was a little more battered, very tired, and had swallowed a lot of water. She was so lucky though - no bad scrapes, no broken bones. She needed to lay there and get some oxygen, but ultimately it looked as though she'd escaped a bad outcome. The jet ski wasn't so lucky. It got pounded on the rocks, and by the time the lifeguards were able to harness it and drag it in, it was in a few pieces. Drama. Right in front of us.
Other than that, the afternoon was beautiful. Temps in the high 70s, we got seats on a nice flat rock, listened to the sound of the waves for a couple of hours, and basked in the salt air and ocean spray. We even got to witness a rescue that had a good outcome. Relaxation mixed with just the right amount of adrenalin, making us feel glad to be alive. Perfect way to spend an afternoon.
This next week will be spent getting ready for our Colorado trip, and I'll also take a trip to Camarillo on Tuesday for Mia's 10th birthday - actually a day before her birthday, but who's counting? She's a special little girl, our Mia, and she just gets sweeter every year.
I'll leave you with the sound of the ocean waves as we heard them today. It's a short little video, but you'll get the idea.
Ahhhh... don't you feel better already? I know I do.