Tonights sunset!

Nice sky!

Nice sky!

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Eleven Turtles!

Hello there!

Hello there!

Another lovely day!  The ocean was not glassy like yesterday with some onshore wind blowing……and some rolling swells coming from the north…..but it was still great!  I paddled in the wind down to Kam III, where my first turtle popped up.  It might have been the same one as yesterday, who knows?  It certainly was friendly like the turtle yesterday!  After visiting with the turtle for a few minutes……I thought it best to keep paddling down to the boat ramp.  The wind has been so unpredictable lately.  Yesterday it was perfect until about 11:00 a.m. and then the wind came roaring in and never let up.  Today started out with some wind, but by the time I got down to the boat ramp……it backed off!  It was very nice at the boat ramp but I didn’t trust it.  Thankfully, the turtles didn’t make me wait and started coming right up to the surface!  First it was one by one, then there was a triangle of three, and then I was surrounded by five turtles!  Ten turtles at the boat ramp and one turtle at Kam III…….eleven was good enough number for me!  I paddled back in nice conditions but all the time wondering if the wind would come roaring in……but it didn’t.  In fact, it got nicer than when I first went out paddling!  It was hard to come in since it was so nice!  It stayed nice while I walked and nice while I swam too!  Down at the reef, I saw a very big fish that had half its body bitten off and it was laying on the bottom among the rocks.  Seeing that made me not want to stick around today!  I kept imagining whatever bit off half the fishes body coming back for the rest of it…..not exactly thoughts that make you want to stick around the reef!  The smaller fish seemed unaffected and were busy swimming around the reef.  It was a calm swim back and the wind had still not come in by the time I left!  It was such a nice day and turtles make it that much nicer!

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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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