Oh SO Perfect!!

One turtle is better than no turtles!

One turtle is better than no turtles!

I am fighting a cold…….but I went to the beach anyway.  It looked nice so I took my board out.  There was a slight wind blowing from the south and some rolling bumps coming from the north so I rode the bumps down to the boat ramp!  As soon as I paddled into the area, the wind backed off and it got glassy and nice.  I didn’t wait long before a turtle buddy surfaced, but it was the only turtle for the day.  I didn’t want to stay too long because the wind has been so unpredictable lately, but I am so glad I took the chance because the day ended up being perfect!  I paddled back in perfect conditions and saw some plumerias floating on the water.  I scooped one of them up with my paddle and took in the sweet aroma!

They smell so good!

They smell so good!

I loved sitting on my board smelling plumeria!  I laid it on my board and it stayed on there until I rinsed my board off.  The conditions stayed nice all the way back!

Perfect!

Perfect!

Perfect day!

Perfect day!

The conditions stayed nice all the way through my swim!  The water is very clear right now.  I look forward to more perfect days like this one!

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Too Perfect for Words!!

All aboard!

All aboard!

The skies were mostly overcast this morning…..but there was no wind blowing!  I couldn’t wait to get out on that glassy water.  I paddled straight down to the boat ramp.  I ran into a paddling friend as I passed Kam 2, so we paddled together.  It was so nice down at the boat ramp!  As we paddled in, a kayak was there with a couple on it and there was a turtle on each side of them.  We paddled over and one of the turtles swam by us.  Two more turtles surfaced farther out and I paddled out to them.  By the time I got to them, it was three turtles!  The turtles kept popping up and one of them was very friendly!  That is a photo of the turtle above…..I thought it was going to climb right on my board!  It was so close I could see its little teeth!  If you look closely, you can see them too.  I reached down into the water and skimmed it’s shell.  It kept swimming by me!  There we’re so many turtles and I counted twelve in all.

Hi there!

Hi there!

What a wonderful day!  We paddled back in glassy conditions and the cloud cover was surreal.

Magical!

Magical!

It was hard to come in from paddling!  The wonderful conditions held for my swim too.  What an amazing day!!

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Crazy Windy!!

Windy!

Windy!

it was a pretty day but just as I got out paddling…… The wind came up in a frenzy!  Of course I hoped it was going to back off so I paddled north into the wind.  I paddled and paddled and I was getting nowhere!  The gusts of wind were trying to grab my hat and push me off my board!  I lasted about 30 minutes in those conditions.  It was a fast and furious workout!  It was just one of those days!  I got luckier during my swim and managed to swim against the wind down to the end of Charley Young beach.   I knew I would get pushed back and that’s exactly what happened.  Some days are just like that!

Pretty day

Pretty day

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Thirteen Turtles!!

Good morning!

Good morning!

Hi there!

Hi there!

I was unsure of the wind…..but I wanted to go paddling!  I headed south and ran into a paddling friend.  We debated the wind and then decided to take a chance and head to the boat ramp.  The first turtle popped up at Kam 1!  It dove down before I could catch a photo.  We rode the bumps down to the boat ramp and when we arrived, the wind backed off just as I had hoped it would!  The conditions got glassy and nice and the turtles did not disappoint us!  I sat between two sets of two turtles, getting some good photos.  The turtles were cooperating!  The turtles kept popping up until I had counted twelve!  Between the twelve at the boat ramp and one turtle at Kam 1…..that was thirteen turtles for the day!  I sure love the turtles!  We paddled back in nice conditions and it stayed nice throughout my swim too.  It was a beautiful turtle day!!  I hope it’s nice tomorrow too…….

Beautiful day!

Beautiful day!

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Beautiful Day!!

Kalama park

Kalama park

Nice day!

Nice day!

Turtles!

Turtles!

It has been so windy!  I  don’t trust the wind when it is like this, but I wanted to paddle.  I got down to the beach pretty early, but by then the water was not calm.  I went out anyway and paddled north into the wind.  Down at Kalama park I ran into a friend so we hung out there and I saw three turtles!  It was pretty crowded down there so we paddled south.  The wind backed off some and then came up again!  We paddled down to Kam 2 and I decided to head back for my swim.  The wind backed off again while I swam and it was really nice! It was good to see so many Unicorn fish down at the reef.   I look forward to more predictable wind.  Getting stuck down at the boat ramp in the wind isn’t very fun!  I had to paddle against wind bumps back to Kam 1 too.  It sure was a beautiful day though!

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Windy Day!!

Windy!

Windy!

It was a windy day today.  The ocean was not calm but I went out paddling anyway.  The wind was blowing from the south and west and was constantly changing.  I didn’t trust it enough to paddle down to the boat ramp!  I paddled down past Kam 2 and then it got bumpy so I turned and paddled north.  I went all the way down to Kalama Park and the wind kept backing off and starting up again!  I only saw one turtle and it didn’t stay long.  A paddling friend told me there were some dolphins out farther but the wind conditions didn’t make me want to venture out that far!  I had to paddle the whole time because the wind wanted to turn me around. It was a good workout!  I knew that the wind was going to get crazy at some point, but it did stay nice while I swam and it was still pretty nice when I left the beach.  I look forward to a break in the wind so I can go down to my favorite place. I miss all my turtles!  At least it was a beautiful day though……..and I’m very pleased to be paddling again!

windy off and on.....

windy off and on…..

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Happy Easter!!

Easter Day

Easter Day

Easter morning was beautiful.  The wind was blowing from the west/onshore and the ocean wasn’t as calm as I like it.  I first paddled south and met up with a paddling friend…..we talked about the wind.  We decided to paddle north to Cove Park and look for Manta Rays.  Several people had mentioned Manta Rays there the last few days.  We paddled down past Charley Young beach but no Manta rays!  We turned south and paddled down to Kam 2.  The wind wasn’t letting up, in fact, it strengthened!  The ocean was stirred up and got bumpy.  We paddled to Kam 3 and then I decided to paddle back to Kam 1.  No turtles for today and no Manta rays!  The wind backed off some during my swim and that was nice.  At least it was a beautiful day for Easter!

Bumpy!

Bumpy!

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