Twenty-two Turtles!!

Fancy meeting you here!

Fancy meeting you here!

The weather channel was calling for 22 mph winds today……..but the question was, when will that happen?  I checked the beach cam and it looked so glassy and nice.  I tried to get down to the beach early enough to hopefully beat the wind and luckily I found a place to park right in front!  It was just beautiful!  I paddled down to the boat ramp…..and as I was passing Kam II, I ran across my first turtle.  I stopped but it just swam around under me a few times and then dove down.  Then as I was passing Kam III, another turtle popped up near me so I stopped to visit and get a photo (there it is in the above photo!)  It was a very friendly turtle!  Down at the boat ramp, I got to visit with twenty more turtles!  They were all around and I got some great photos too!  It was so nice down there……  Except for a very noisy group of snorkelers passing by.  I paddled back in nice conditions and it was still beautiful.  Just as I got my board up the beach and onto my racks, the wind came roaring in as predicted!  It was a windy walk and then the wind backed off momentarily when I started out my swim, but then roared in again as I headed back from swimming.  It was work swimming against the wind!  The wind was so ferocious when I got back in that all my stuff was covered in sand!  I ended up hauling it all up to the grass before I took a shower.  It was REALLY  windy!  I hope tomorrow morning is just as nice!

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Amazing Sunset!

Amazing sunset!

Amazing sunset!

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Another Perfect Day!!

OH HELLO!

OH HELLO!

I can’t believe there were actually two perfect days in a row!  Paddling conditions have been so “hit and miss” lately.  I headed towards the boat ramp hoping the wind wasn’t going to come up……but just as I passed Kam II, some wind kicked up blowing from the East.  I continued on paddling against the wind and when I got to the boat ramp……the wind backed off a bit.  It was pretty perfect there!  I ran into a paddling friend and we both spotted a turtle out farther and paddled out to it, but it disappeared.  My friend paddled north and I stayed around and I’m glad I did!  I had nine turtles to keep me company today and a couple of them were really into posing today (the above turtle popped up like he wanted me to take a photo of him!).  I got some good shots and a tourist woman on a rented stand up board was laughing her head off saying,”oh my that turtle is just following you like it knows you have a camera!”  Well, it sort of seemed like it was!  What a mug shot!  Anyway, this turtle ended up being the turtle I call “Bumpy” so then I was not surprised at its friendliness!  That turtle has practically climbed up on my board before.  The tourist probably thought I was goofy……talking to it the way I was!  The wind still had not backed of completely so that meant it could change directions at any minute, so I bid farewell to my turtles and paddled back.  By the time I went for my walk, it was windy and it was still windy when I went for my swim!  I swam into the wind down to the reef, but the reef was not as clear as yesterday.  I had heard from a beach friend that the beach had been closed prior to my arriving due to a report of a 6 – 8 foot tiger shark being spotted in the area.  Luckily, it opened up just as I arrived at the beach.  I never saw the shark anyway!  It was just a beautiful day!

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Sea of Turtles!!

So many turtles!

So many turtles!

After the wild, windy ride yesterday…… today looked perfect!  I couldn’t wait to get out on the water!  Even though I was concerned at how unpredictable the wind has been, I paddled down to the boat ramp.  I spotted my first turtle at Kam III and stopped to visit and take a photo (that’s the turtle up above!)  Then I continued down to the boat ramp and another turtle surfaced right by me before I passed Kam III.  Already two turtles and I hadn’t even made it down to the boat ramp yet!  I seemed to be the only person around and I think it might have been the windy conditions yesterday….. so only “I” was taking a chance getting stuck all the way down at the boat ramp!  Well, I decided that I wouldn’t stay very long but the turtles made it nearly impossible for me to leave…….sixteen turtles….. all in a short amount of time!  I sat between two turtles, got in a turtle triangle, and then was surrounded by four turtles twice!  It was so perfect down there I couldn’t believe it. One by one, three more turtles came up to visit!  Woo Hoo…….eighteen turtles!  I paddled past Kam III and one more turtle surfaced and swam under my board……nineteen turtles!  I was ecstatic to get such a turtle filled morning.  Paddling back, the water was so glassy and nice and it was still nice when I got back to Kam I!  I got lucky with the wind……it was nice while I walked and it was nice all the way through my swim!  I was enjoying the fish down at the reef and suddenly a huge turtle approached, so I took off swimming with it.  I swam just above it until it veered out farther than I wanted to venture…….wow, twenty turtles all in one morning!  What a nice day and it didn’t get windy until about 12:30 p.m.  I sure hope it’s this nice tomorrow morning!

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Bumpy Ride!!

Windy!

Windy!

I just wish this wind would make up its mind!  Yesterday it was windy, then it backed off and then it was crazy windy…….so today I just decided to go for it.  The wind was blowing from the south so I decided to paddle into the wind as far as I could.  The ocean got so choppy so I turned around and paddled north.  The water stayed choppy but I managed to paddle down to Kalama Park.  Just as I noticed three turtles floating on the surface……the wind came up in a frenzy!  I was sitting in a turtle triangle but I couldn’t even take a photo because the water was so rough!  It looked like some rain might be heading my way too, so I turned around and paddled back to Kam I.  It was so hard paddling in those conditions!  I don’t usually get that tired paddling, but I was actually getting exhausted from paddling in the wind!  My right arm was aching from paddling away from my board just to  keep from getting blown out to sea!  I finally made it back and was I glad.  Getting my board up the beach in the wind was a big challenge too.  I finally made it to the grass and was able to rinse my board off, but it was so windy that I wasn’t sure how I was going to get it up on my racks!  I waited for a few minutes and then there was a slight break in the ferociousness of the wind……and I tossed my board up onto my racks and hurried to secure it.  At least my board was safely on my car!  It was a windy beach walk and a bumpy swim down to the reef, but the ocean water is so clear!  I saw lots of fish down at the reef and then I had to work to swim back against the wind.  The day was beautiful, but the wind has been so frustrating!  When I got into my car to leave the beach……I looked up and saw a pod of dolphins swimming right past Kam I!  I couldn’t believe it……they were right in the shallow water and tourists were freaking!  I really wanted to go out again…..but the dolphins moved out by the boat and then disappeared.  I can’t believe I missed being out with dolphins again today!  Oh well, it was still a beautiful day!

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Fourteen Turtles!!

Visiting with turtles!

Visiting with turtles!

This past weekend was a mixed bag of beach conditions, very windy on Saturday……and windy, not windy, windy, with a bit of a swell at the Mana Kai on Sunday.  This morning was different!  I couldn’t even see any white caps way out there so it was a great paddling day!  I paddled straight down to the boat ramp, and when I arrived, there were two paddlers already there and two people snorkeling.  I spotted my first turtle right away and paddled out to it.  By the time I got out there, the turtle had disappeared.  I paddled farther south and sat and sat.  I was beginning to think that would be it for the day when up came the turtles!  First one by one, then there was a turtle triangle and then I was surrounded twice by four turtles!  One of the turtles was particularly friendly (it posed for several photos!)…..one of them is the photo above.  It was so nice down at the boat ramp, I didn’t want to leave, but the wind has been so crazy, I didn’t want to be stuck that far down if it came roaring in.  Fourteen turtles was great!  I paddled back in nice conditions and I thought about paddling down to Cove Park, but came in.  After I had rinsed my board off and was about to hoist it onto my racks…….a friend came by on his bicycle and said,  “Did you see the dolphins?”   I said…..”where?”   Then I looked out on the ocean and down outside of Cove Park, Spinner dolphins were jumping!  I can’t believe I missed the dolphins!  It started to get windy, though, so it was better that I came in.  I took a windy walk and then it was a windy swim……but the water is very clear and I saw three different schools of fish on my swim!  Soon the white caps took over and I went home.  I sure hope tomorrow morning is as nice as it was today!  It was great visiting with the turtles again.

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Mana Kai Day

Mana Kai

Mana Kai

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