Eighteen Turtles!!

Well Good morning!

Well Good morning!

I can’t believe it was another perfect day today!  It seems odd to be excited to have two incredibly nice days in a row living on Maui, but this year has been so strange.  I paddled straight down to the boat ramp.  I was surprised to be the only paddler there since it is a Saturday, but I got lucky!  Boy did I get lucky!  I topped yesterdays turtle number by one with eighteen turtles.  The turtle above popped up right next to me!  I sat in between turtles and I was surrounded by four turtles one time, and five turtles another time!  The turtles just kept popping up!  The conditions were so nice down at the boat ramp that I didn’t want to leave.  I paddled back in perfect conditions and got in a perfect swim!  I saw a huge Ulua fish which is not very common and a lot of little tropical fish too.  The water is so warm!  I hope tomorrow is just as perfect!

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The Turtles Are Back!!

Hi there!

Hi there!

What a spectacular day!  It was after 9:00 a.m. by the time I got out but was it worth it!  It was just a beautiful day!  I headed straight down to the boat ramp.  When I arrived, there were three people snorkeling and then five turtles surfaced about the same time all around me!  This turtle (photo above) almost climbed right on my board!  You can see how close it was to me.  I am so happy the photo came out!  It hung around for a few minutes and then several other turtles popped up too.  I got some nice photos today!  I got to sit between turtles and I loved getting surrounded!  I counted seventeen turtles for today!  I haven’t had a “turtle day” in a while so I was more than excited.  The conditions were perfect and the wind light, so it was a joy to be out on the ocean today!  I paddled back in nice conditions and swam in nice conditions too!  The water must be 82 degrees!  It’s so warm.  I got down to the reef finally and the visibility is clearing up nicely.  I actually saw a lot of fish…..even a school of maybe hundreds of little silver fish!  The ocean bottom has changed since all the surge and I saw reefs and rocks that I don’t usually see, along with some deeper holes around some of the rocks.  The ocean surge can be strong!   It was such a beautiful day that I didn’t want to leave……I hope tomorrow is just as nice!

Turtle day!

Turtle day!

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Beautiful Sunset After The Rain

So we continue to have weird weather and ocean conditions.  This morning started out really nice, then it rained twice….. and then the day ended with a beautiful sunset and  calm glassy ocean…. I almost ran home to get my board because it was so nice!  Maybe tomorrow…….

Nice!

Nice!

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Back Out There!

Back out there!

Back out there!

I hadn’t been out paddling since last Sunday.  I can’t believe how many swells, high tides, and wind we have had lately.  I’ve been paddling for over five years and this is the first time there has been so much fluctuation in the ocean conditions!  The high tides and surge has carved a hill in the sand where I go out paddling……and further down the beach, the surge created a sand cliff!  I hope no one thinks that is a good shady place to put out their beach chairs because I think it could collapse at any time!  It was even windy this morning and I got down pretty early around 8:00 a.m.  The ocean was definitely not calm but the surge had backed off……not gone….just backed off.  I headed out and decided to paddle north against the wind.  I got down to Cove Park and turned around.  I paddled south towards Kam 2 and then suddenly the wind backed off and it got very nice!  I ran into a paddling friend who had just come out and we debated whether to venture down to the boat ramp.  The wind was very unpredictable and we could see some stronger surge coming in down at Kam 3…… so we decided to paddle north.  We got down almost to Kalama Park, but I wanted to turn around.  The swell is definitely not gone either with waves breaking at Kalama Park!  It was nice conditions paddling down to Kam 2 and I really wanted to keep going, but before we knew it the wind came up and brought some white caps with it this time.  The wind got stronger so we both decided to call it a day.  I had to ride in on some surge and hurry up the sand hill, which wasn’t very easy in the wind!  I managed to get my board rinsed off and hoisted up on my racks during a five minute break in the wind.  Some clouds moved in and the conditions got very bumpy, but I went swimming anyway.  The visibility isn’t good either, but it felt good to swim!  I found a stretch of water that was clear down by the reef and wanted to just stay there!  Swimming back was work!  I sure hope the conditions improve soon because I really miss my turtles!

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Sunday Sunset!

NIce!

Nice!

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Nice Day!

Nice day!

Nice day!

It was a nice day except for some wind.  Paddling was pretty nice ….. although not smooth.  I was late getting out so I decided to stay closer to home base.  I paddled north and then turned south and headed down to Kam 2.  At Kam 2 ….I could see red flags…..but none at Kam I.  About the time I turned back, the wind came up stronger and trying to get in was a challenge!  A swell had rolled in with the high tide and there was surge at the shore line.  I sat just out from where it was breaking trying to figure out when to paddle my butt off to get in!  Finally I got my chance.  I paddled like crazy and jumped off still running to get into shore……and the surge was trying to pull me back into the next breaking wave!   Thank goodness I got in.  It wasn’t long after I got in that the lifeguards posted the red flags at Kam I  (thanks guys!).  Luckily the wind backed off for five minutes so I could hoist my board up onto my racks.  The water visibility was zero so I decided to forgo my swim!  I really hate when that happens.  Anyway, it was still a beautiful day despite the conditions!  I hope this swell doesn’t last very long and the water clears up.  I missed my swim!

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Better late….than not at all!

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I got out so late today!  I slept a full hour while my alarm was going off so I wasn’t sure I would get out today.  My husband went down to the beach and text me that it was nice, so I got my rear in gear and headed down!  It was nearly ten o’clock by the time I went out!  The wind was already blowing so I paddled into it.  Down at Kalama Park I got one photo and it ended up a bit fuzzy, but at least I saw one turtle there and one out from Kam I.  Any turtles are better than no turtles I always say! 

Heading north!

Heading north!

The wind continued to blow from the north, so I turned around and paddled south.  I got down to Kam 2 and then I started to see some white caps, so I turned around.  Just before I paddled in…..a turtle surprised me, swimming by me, so I turned north and paddled with it for a while!  I got in before it got completely blown out and most of my swim was okay until the end, when the wind picked up strength.  It still is not clear down by the reef so I didn’t stay very long there.  It was quite a beautiful day…..with a hint of Fall in the air.  Maui no ke oi!

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