The only story in Chicago these days is the weather. No, nobody cares about the election, we just don’t want to fly away as the remnants of Hurricane Sandy bear down on us. We are currently under a Wind Advisory and a Lake Shore Flood Warning. Shocker, the lakefront path is closed. And yes, they are serious. In case you were contemplating going out there to “take a peak”, please be careful so you don’t get swept into the surf like last time.
The lakefront path was last closed on September 30, 2011. Some idiots people didn’t believe that the path could really be closed. NBC Chicago was kind enough to capture some of those individuals on film for our viewing pleasure to help us realize the seriousness of the situation. Please, do watch the video below:
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On that day (above), the “surf” was only 10-15 foot. Today, and for the next couple of days, they are predicting 20-30 footers on Lake Michigan, plus wind gusts around Chicago up to 60 mph. Some idiots adventurers are out enjoying the waves. See this crazy guy surfing at Montrose Beach. Photo courtesy of Chopper 7HD, ABC7Chicago:
Now, I know you all expect me to go out and get you some REAL.LIFE.PHOTOS. I want you to know that I’m not really considering it. I have submitted a proposal to the Association of Chicago Running Bloggers to find a few brave souls to create a human chain of running bloggers to break thru security, sprint to the lakefront and take as many photos as possible before we 1) get swept away or 2) are forced asked to leave.
I almost feel guilty considering something so crazy adventurous with Gingerfoxxx out of town. I know she is going to be so sad to have missed the theatrics fun but I’m hoping that Running Kellometers and Mag Mile Runner are up for the task at hand. So if you see a bunch of crazy women Chicago Running Bloggers bound together in a human chain, be swept off the lakefront path and into the surf……feel guilty. Very guilty. Cuz we were just there trying to get YOU a few photos! 🙂
Post inspired by another crazy Chicago Running Blogger, Xaarlin.com, who is seriously wanting to go get some photos of those big waves.
Be safe my friends!
** Happy Adventure Seeking ** Amanda – TooTallFritz
Sorry, the video was embedded in my Windows Writer Live version but it didn’t translate to WordPress upon publishing ….. it was just “left out”. Therefore, I made the edit and put the link in the post. Sorry for the inconvenience.
I love this idea! Safety in numbers right? I’m going out after work today, but will promise to keep a very safe distance from the waves. I do not want to be the first entry on the Chicago running bloggers “memorial page.”
Oh man. I was working from home yesterday and I was tempted to drive out to West Beach to see some waves. Then I thought maybe later today on my way to the train after work, I’ll just keep heading a couple more blocks east and check out the lakefront. We’ll see. If I get swept away, I’ll blame you!
I survived! But I am wondering if some of the people I took pictures of are still on dry land! 🙂
I think I may have run during the last crazy storm in Sept 2011… (ha ha, nope – http://www.ilaxstudio.com/blog/2011/10/19/waves-on-the-lakefront/).
I would be curious to see the waves… I am sure I could see them from my office if was not working from home! Maybe tomorrow when I go downtown!
Did you send that just to show off your awesome video embedding skills? Hmm, I’m guessing yes! LOL! Anyhow, that’s the same video I tried to embed in my post. I remember it like it was yesterday cuz I was supposed to run that day, had my clothes at work then was too busy. LOL!