From abc7.com this morning: "Unusually high waves were seen kicking up and rolling onto the shore at North Avenue Beach, getting closer and closer to the boathouse. Still, ABC7 spotted quite a few lakefront runners early Tuesday. In some cases, authorities chased them down and ordered them off the beach."
Yes, this morning I ran down to the lakefront as the storm created by "Sandy" rolled into Chicago. Yes, the police helicopters buzzed me. No, I was not in any danger (at least I don't think). However, on the lake side of the break wall there was a runner, a photographer and a random person sitting. Being on the other side of the break wall, within easy striking distance of the waves, would be considered putting your life in nature's hand.
I have seen big waves on the lake before, just not as big and not as many as this morning.
Here is a video of some of the waves hitting just north of Belmont Harbor:
Now for the pictures:
|This person was just sitting motionless watching the 20 footers crash in front of her!|
|Watch out! Why are they sitting there?|
|Looks like a 25 foot spray!|
|Waves rolling along the break wall|
|What are those people doing running by the lake today? Oh yeah, I was actually running there too!|
|Running on the lake side of the retaining wall is not recommended!|
|Big wave out in the lake|
|Photographer who was getting quite wet. Hope he is still with us!|
Gotta love those warnings. They were like a clarion call for thrill seekers and photographers to go out to the lakefront.
Total: Ran 8 miles, really slowly....