Yesterday got away from me before I could post about paddling. It was finally a nice day and the clouds cleared after days of gloomy clouds and choppy conditions. There was a slight swell, and I did get hit with one wave on the way out, but once I got out on the ocean, it was really nice conditions! I paddled down to the boat ramp and I got some great turtle photos…..but with about sixteen turtles…..most of them were not hanging around. After the kayak fisherman died after having his foot bitten off by a shark in Makena on Monday…….maybe the turtles were on alert too! I make it a point to never hang my feet over the side of my board for good reason! The conditions stayed nice all the way back to Kam I and a turtle surfaced as I was paddling into the area. I got a photo of that turtle too! I heard reports that the water visibility was poor but I went swimming anyway and it was poor alright….almost zero visibility! I stopped short of the reef and turned around because I couldn’t see anything. It sure was a beautiful day though!! Hopefully the water will clear up soon…..
Okay….so I admit that when this happens it takes me back a bit…..but I’ll get over it. This, along with some weather, has had me focusing on home projects and Christmas preparations and not paddling. The sunset did not materialize tonight either, but then it seemed as if the clouds were starting to part and maybe it might be a nice day tomorrow. I sure hope so because I am ready to get back out there and visit my turtles, and maybe a whale one day soon! We’ll see what tomorrow brings……
I wondered about the wind this morning because it had the water kicked up…..but as soon as I took off paddling…..it backed off and was perfect! The water turned glassy and calm just like yesterday and so I headed down to the boat ramp. The top of Haleakala was clear and so far, Lanai was still visible (at least until the vog creeps in again!) When I got down to the boat ramp, there was an outrigger canoe there with snorkelers and there were snorkelers from Kam III too……in fact, it was quite busy down there! I immediately spotted three turtles surfacing so I paddle over to them. I forgot to get my iPhone camera ready again…..and I missed photographing those turtles. Luckily I got my act together and took quite a few great shots after that (the photo above is of a turtle I affectionately call “Bumpy”….. this turtle is so friendly)! I was happily visiting with the turtles and taking pictures when I noticed a turtle swimming over to my board. The turtle had a red fishing float and fishing line wrapped around it’s back right fin! The red float was popping up and down, but the turtle snugged right up to my board, so I bent down and snatched the float! The turtle let me unwrap the fishing line and then it dove under my board. Suddenly I felt two bumps under me and a tug…..and the fishing float and fishing line broke loose! The hook might still be in the turtle’s fin, but at least it was free from the fishing line. Poor turtle! Then a paddling friend cruised into the area, so I told her about the rescue effort. We stayed down at the boat ramp for a while and the day stayed perfect! I thoroughly enjoyed paddling back to Kam I and my swim was just as perfect! The water was so clear and calm. My new NSP board is great! It might have started out breezy but it turned out to be a really great day!!
Yes, it was an incredibly nice picture perfect day out on the water today! Apparently, earlier in the morning it was windy……but by the time I got down to the beach, it was perfect with glassy conditions. I took my new stand up board out (the 10 ’2″ NSP)…. and I have NO complaints! Being shorter it is easier to handle and the added thickness had me gliding nicely across the glassy ocean! The added width of one more inch had me adjusting where I put my feet but it was not a problem. My new straps for my racks are so much better than the straps I had been using too. I ran into a paddling friend so we paddled south down to the boat ramp together. Just as we paddled into the Kam III area, a turtle popped up ahead of us! It was later, so the snorkel boat was already pulling up, but we decided to paddle over near it anyway. The water was so clear and glassy! Suddenly I spotted three turtles making a triangle so I hurried over! Just as I pulled up between them, I fumbled to get my iPhone camera ready and missed all three turtles. As more turtles surfaced, I was still fumbling with my iPhone and unfortunately missed all the turtles today! My paddling friend said that Bumpy was among the turtles I was missing too…….I really have to get that thing ready before I get to the boat ramp! We stayed there just enjoying the gorgeous day and perfect conditions, along with the snorkeling boat. After awhile, the turtles were few and far between, so we paddled north. My friend went in at Kam II and I headed back to Kam I. The conditions were still perfect, so my swim down to the reef was great! There were a lot of fish and I saw a school of Goat fish numbering close to a hundred! I don’t know what they were congregating for but that is the most I have ever seen at one place. Swimming back was so nice and the wind didn’t start coming up until after noon…..so it was just a gorgeous day! My new board was a hit too!
Calm and clear!
After such a windy, choppy day yesterday…..today was perfect for paddling! I headed straight for the boat ramp and I had the place to myself. I immediately spotted two turtles surfacing, so I paddled right between them to sit! I struggled to get my iPhone ready for taking photos…..but I was not in time for the turtles…they both dove under! I sat for a while but I didn’t care because the water was so calm and clear, I just enjoyed looking at the coral underneath me. Two more turtles surfaced, but I was not in time for them either! The other day the turtles were practically climbing on my board begging for their picture to be taken…..but today, they were camera shy! I paddled back in perfect conditions and one more turtle popped up as I passed Kam III! That made five turtles for the day. The day was so nice, I figured that I had a good chance of a great swim too. The water stayed calm and was very clear and I saw quite a few fish down at the reef! It was a nice swim back too. The wind just started to come up around 11:30 a.m. so it was perfect timing today! I really could not have ordered a more perfect morning……..tomorrow I hope to be paddling one of the new boards!!!!!