- We went for a walk on the beach with Jeff, the dogs, and the now-injured camera. Taza and the guys ventured out to inspect some sea life in a quiet pool divided from the ocean by fairly high rocks.
- Along came a big wave and soaked them all from the crown of their heads to their baby toes-- jeans, shirts, shoes, hats, and Taza's fur included. Before they had time to catch their breath, a much much larger wave sent them flying, crashing all over the rocks and barnacles and sea urchins.
- Not realizing they were hurt, I stood on my dry rock yelling for them to rescue Taza and my camera ASAP. Success. Tim and Jeff emerged from the water alive and all bones in tact, but dripping with blood like a horror movie. I realized I was probably wrong to be so worried about dogs and cameras.
- After a very initial clean-up, we realized they weren't as hurt as they looked. Tim, however, lost a shoe, and with his feet all torn up, couldn't make it home on foot. Taza, Ellie, and I went running for a taxi while they caught their breath.
- After some preliminary washing with soap and hydrogen peroxide, we headed to the hospital. Jeff got away with a simple cleaning (although you wouldn't have guessed it from the way his arm looks). Tim got bandages reminiscent of a burn victim, a shot in the "hip," and numerous sea urchin spikes tweezed out of his foot.
You'd never believe how exhausted we are-- and I wasn't even hurt! I'm thrilled that Alpha ended last week and we have the day free to nap, eat pie, and watch movies. Jeff and Tim really aren't feeling their best, but they're troopers marching forward. I'm so grateful for how little they were hurt, considering that things could have gone much much worse. This was no accident on tricycles.
PS- In case you're curious, Taza fared much better than Tim, Jeff, or my camera. Apparently Jeff grabbed her as soon as he saw the wave coming and was able to hold onto her for a while (yay Jeff!). After that she kept herself afloat with her super doggy-paddling skills until Tim scooped her out of the water. She seems unphased by the whole ordeal.