Nice Sunset!!

Wednesday sunset

Wednesday sunset

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Windy, Then Nice!

Paddling north

Paddling north

The wind has been crazy!  I ended up just swimming on Monday and yesterday it was blown out early, so today I was going out no matter what!  When I first got up this morning the wind was not blowing, but by the time I got to the beach, the wind was blowing from the north/west.  It was such a nice Fall day, but it was going to be a windy ride!  Sure enough, the wind kept  blowing from the north, so I paddled into the wind down to Kalama Park.  I stayed there watching the surfers and hoping that some turtles would come around….but no turtles today.  When I turned to paddle south, the wind pushed me along!  I got down to Kam 2, when I ran into a paddling friend, so we paddled and chatted.  Suddenly the wind backed off and it got really nice!  It was getting late and neither of us trusted the wind, so we paddled north down to Charley Young Beach.  Well, it stayed nice!  I didn’t want to go in but I wanted to swim too.  The wind stayed reasonable while I swam and the water is still so warm.  The visibility was not a good as Monday. though,  down at the reef, but I still saw fish!  It was still pretty nice when I left the beach…not too hot and not too windy.  I hope this wind gets back to normal soon!

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WINDY!!

Windy day!

Windy day!

When I got up this morning, the skies were overcast and it was a bit windy.  Finally the sun came out and I headed down to the beach.  The wind was still blowing but I decided to go out anyway.  The wind was blowing from the south, like yesterday, but today it was stronger.  I paddled against the wind all the way down to the boat ramp, but when I arrived there, the wind backed off a bit and it got really nice down there!  One turtle popped up as I passed Kam 3,  but no turtles surfaced while I was at the boat ramp.  Two people were snorkeling so I asked them if they were seeing any turtles and they said six turtles were down on the bottom.  For whatever reason, the turtles are not coming up like they usually do.  I met a paddling friend down at the boat ramp, so we paddled back together and the wind pushed us north.  She went in at Kam 2 and I headed back to Kam I.  Just as I was passing the point between the two beaches, I spotted a big turtle under the water!  It was windy, but I tried to stay with it until it surfaced.  It surfaced twice, but I was getting pushed around by the wind!  I made it in but it stayed windy while I swam too.  The water is still so warm and there were a lot of fish down by the reef.  I hope this early morning wind stops soon.  The trade winds are necessary, but usually they wait until later in the day to come up.  I want another calm day like yesterday! I know…..I’m spoiled!

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Beautiful Day!!

Beautiful!

Beautiful!

Wow, what a beautiful day!  The wind wasn’t blowing and the water was calm…. perfect conditions.  I didn’t get out until 9:30 a.m. but I decided to head straight down to the boat ramp anyway.  It was smooth paddling all the way down, even a bit hot since no wind was blowing at all.  There is Vog in the air too and the island of Lanai was barely visible.  I ran into a paddling friend down at the boat ramp, so we chatted for a while and not a single turtle surfaced.  The water visibility was great too but no turtles were around today.  I ended up staying out for an hour and a half though!

Nice!

Nice!

It was hard to come in since it was so nice, but I wanted to get my swim in too.  The ocean water is still so warm!  There were lots of fish down at the reef but no turtles there either.  I hope tomorrow is just as nice and the turtles come out from wherever they are hiding!

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Sunday Sunset

Beautiful sunset sky!

Beautiful sunset sky!

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Bumpy Ride!!

Bumpy!

Bumpy!

This morning I woke up to gloomy skies and wind.  I waited for a while to see if it was going to clear up, so as soon as the sun started to peek through the clouds, I took off for the beach.  The sun was pretty much out but it was already windy, but I went out anyway.  It was later, so I didn’t trust the wind and decided to stay close to home.  I paddled north towards Kalama Park but the wind was actually blowing from the south. I didn’t know if the wind was going to change direction, but I ended up paddling against the wind all the way down to Kam 2!  The ocean was very bumpy!  I didn’t see one single turtle today either.  I paddled for an hour and then came in, but on the way in I encountered competing conditions.  The wind continued to blow from the south, but the current was pushing from the north creating some rocky conditions!

It got nicer as the day went on....

It got nicer as the day went on….

It was still windy when I went for my swim but when I left the beach about 12:30 p.m., the wind backed off and the ocean conditions were better than earlier in the morning!  Figures.  Hopefully tomorrow will be calmer!

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Perfect Paddling Day!!

Good Morning my lovely!

Good morning my lovely!   I got down to the beach by 8:30 a.m. and it looked perfect!  I couldn’t get out there fast enough.  I decided to head straight to the boat ramp and suddenly I noticed a turtle swimming under my board!  I followed it for a little while but it didn’t surface.  I continued on to the boat ramp……but suddenly the wind started blowing from the south and I ended up paddling against the wind all the way down to the boat ramp.  As soon as I arrived, the wind magically backed off and it was so perfect and glassy!  I saw a turtle surfacing out farther so I headed out to it, but it disappeared by the time I got to it.  I was just sitting enjoying the perfect conditions, when I heard a splash behind me.  I turned around and it was a turtle!  It bobbed at the surface and popped its head up a few times and I was able to get this one photo of it (above)!  After the turtle dove down, no more turtles surfaced and I didn’t want to get caught in the wind, so I paddled back.

Oh nice!

Oh nice!

The conditions were still nice, but as soon as I put my board on my car, the wind started up again.  It was windy when I started out swimming……I enjoyed seeing all the colorful tropical fish down at the reef….even a super tiny Unicorn fish (probably a baby) and I had never seen such a small one before!  On the way back, the wind started up again and I could hear it howling in my snorkel.  I was about half way back when a turtle appeared right in front of me!  It was a big, beautiful, healthy turtle!  It was swimming south, so I turned around and swam with it for a while.  I needed to get back so I left the turtle and swam north.  It was great having four turtles today….. even getting to swim with one too!  It was really a perfect paddling day and I am hoping for another one of those tomorrow!

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