Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Airport Beach...

One of our favorite beaches to go just hang out at is Airport Beach. I actually think the correct name of it is Maho Beach, but everyone calls it Airport Beach. The runway LITERALLY starts about fifty feet away from the sand. There is the beach....a thin road....and the runway! The airplanes take off facing away from the beach, so tourists usually go up to the fence and hold on while the wind from the jets blows them away! It is pretty funny to watch :)

So this last Sunday we decided to go watch the airplanes - Ella loves to point and watch them take off and land.
We got there in time to see the BIGGEST airplane that lands here take off. We thought it would be fun to videotape it and watch all the tourists get blown away....
So we went WAY over to the left, closest to the Food Express and took some pictures and waited for it to take off....

Well, we ended up TOTALLY getting blasted by sand, rocks, and miscellaneous junk flying through the air! People were running and yelling and everything! I'm not sure how it happened since we were WAY away from where it should have been blowing!

Tom was holding Ella to his chest and covering her face with his back towards the airplane. Here is his back after getting pelted with rocks and and!


All those dots are from rocks hitting him! :( I got hit on the cheek with a particularly large rock and it ended up leaving a red mark for the rest of the day. Needless to say, we went home after that covered head to toe in sand! We had sand all in our clothes, in our hair, and everywhere! It was aweful! I don't think we'll be doing that again....

Here is a video of an airplane landing so you can see how close we are to the runway....


This is a video of my super smart child :) Just thought I would show off a bit....



Here is a video of an airplane taking off and NOT almost killing us! Haha! :)



So yes, all in all, airport beach is pretty awesome....but sometimes it can be dangerous! Haha! Consider yourself warned! :)

1 comment:

islandstories said...

Oh Wow! Good thing it wasn't worse! Yikes..I did the same thing and sat waaaay down by the bar-in-a-boat thing and got pelted! Sand for days..haha!