We split from the rest of the group after visiting The Big Tree in the Redwoods. Eureka was our haven. TC and I stayed for a couple nights in this coastal town and planned on hitting the beach for a sunset photo shoot. The waves were huge and perfect for the shots we were looking to get. We saw some surfers taking advantage of the waves and a couple seals munching on some fish. We camped out on the jetty near point 42. The waves were hitting the wall and we got some awesome shots. We also got soaking wet. We learned quite quickly what a “sneaker wave” was. We barely had time to turn and guard the cameras before we were exposed to a violent and brisk shower. Let me show you exactly what happened:
While we were in Vancouver, we stopped at the Tilley Endurables store. I got a jacket and a wool hat. Both of these items have a lifetime warranty against wear and both of them are water resistant. Honestly, I’m sitting in the FJ right now with my skirt soaking wet, a towel wrapped my waist, and my jacket dry and warm. The under part of my sleeve is still damp from the wave, but the main wet part of the jacket dried in minutes. Genius.
I thought it was hilarious when it happened, but TC was less than amused that the cameras got wet. They’re not damaged that we know of, and we managed to block a good portion of the wave with our bodies (thank goodness!). It’s a good thing the sun set just after we got soaked so we didn’t miss a thing.
P.S. The FJ also got an unintentional saltwater bath.