Hurricanes scare me. I drive B crazy, going from windows to front door, constantly checking how far up the beach the surge has risen. I live in fear of it crossing the road and flooding my house. The wind and rain doesn't bother me. Just the water. So my idea to grab our friends Ivan and Jenny and drive to North Beach during the storm was met with utter amazement. But that's exactly what we did about 5 PM last night.
We were experiencing the outer most bands of Hurricane Ike and they were coming directly from the north. That alone was unusual. But hardly any rain. Just a sprinkle here and there. I really wanted to see what the tide/surge was doing to North Beach. If you have been to Isla, you will recognize these spots. If not, I hope you can just enjoy seeing what a surge can do up close and personal. So here we go!
This is the water starting to come up in front of the Swing Bar at Maria del Mar. This water will eventually start to flow down the road that leads to the Swing Bar.
Looking north from the Swing Bar towards Sunset Grill.
Facing the other way. That is the corner of the NaBalam restaurant you see through the trees.
In front of the restaurant area. This is the new elevated eating level they built last high season.
A view of the bridge crossing over to the Avalon. Notice the waves coming in from the ocean.
The dock that runs out into the ocean off the tip of the Avalon.
Casa de las Rocas. This is actually an occupied home!
Moving to the other side of the island, this is Sergio's Bar. I know a lot of my readers spend hours on this beach. This was taken from the pathway heading towards the dock.
The surge is starting to take over the beach. Those white clumps you will be seeing are big gobs of seafoam. I accidently stepped in them and they are really sticky. The following pictures were all taken at Sergio's.
What were these dudes thinking! The water here was extremely dangerous and certainly too cold for swimming!
I could not believe the sunset last night from Sergio's. Absolutely one of the most beautiful I have ever seen. I took gobs of pictures of it.
Notice here how the sunset just kind of ends on the left of this picture.
I don't think I have ever enjoyed the nastiness that comes with a hurricane more than I did this one last night. I hope I get a chance to do something like this again in my life. It was an extraordinary experience.