Well, for all the grief I give myself about running in the rain, I *did* give it the old college try yesterday. The only problem? Closed trails!!!!
If you haven't heard, we are having a week of rather epic storms out West. You saw the video I posted Tuesday of the rain on Monday. Well, we had more of the same yesterday, along with, are you ready for this? A TORNADO warning! And the warning was real - we had a small F1 twister make it's way through these parts! I was never in danger - the closest the tornado got was about 5 miles away in Costa Mesa. But there was plenty of wind, thunder, lightning and heavy rain. Wow. Someone needs to remind Mother Nature that this isn't Kansas!
Here are a couple photos of the excitement yesterday. A tornado in Seal Beach:
A waterspout off the Balboa Pier here in Newport Beach:
(Note - I didn't take those photos. They were shown on the local news and I lifted them from various websites.)
All the excitement was over by 2:30 or so though, so I got dressed in enough clothing to stay warm and some old shoes to get soaked and headed out for the planned 9 miler. For runs that length, I basically have four options - Newport Back Bay, San Diego Creek, Newport Pier to Huntington Pier, and Corona del Mar to Crystal Cove.
So, I started my tour of Orange County looking for a good run. Off to the Back Bay. Gates were up and chained. The road was closed! What?
Next, off to San Diego Creek. To get there I had to drive through the neighborhood next to Corona del Mar High School, where my group meets on Saturday morning. I counted nine trees that had been uprooted and lying across the road. Like big trees. The ones that are a foot in diameter. I parked and walked over to the where the back bay and the San Diego Creek trail splits. Here's the way that looked:
Next - the beach. The boardwalk was covered in wet sand. The wind was blowing at least 35 miles per hour. My ankles were instantly sand blasted.
The message was clear. Three strikes and you're out! Time for Trader Joe's!