I didn’t even look down the street with the binoculars today…..I was getting in the ocean no matter what!! It turned out to be a gorgeous day with perfect paddling conditions and I needed some turtle therapy as soon as possible! The ocean was so calm, it was sheer joy paddling on it. I ran into a paddling friend and we paddled together down to the boat ramp. When we got there, there was an older couple there on paddle boards. I spotted my first turtle and hurried over to it. It was big and it was friendly! The turtles were coming up one by one….and my friend got to chatting with the couple. I concentrated on the turtles because I needed some turtle therapy! The seventh turtle ended up being the silliest. It swam around me and then swam under me and was just hanging out there under my board. I was watching it from the side of my board and suddenly I heard “clunk, clunk, clunk”…. the turtle was trying to surface right under my board! It was so funny! Finally it figured it out and swam to the other side and popped up. I was thoroughly enjoying several turtles and sat between two of them for quite a while! Then I overheard one of the paddlers saying, “hey, she is the dolphin lady….I saw her surrounded by dolphins one day and I tried so hard to catch up, but I couldn’t make it”. I guess he was the one who i saw trying to paddle like crazy to get out to where the dolphins and I were last week! My paddling friend said, oh we call her the turtle lady, too. It’s so funny to me to have these names! I figured out that I had visited with about ten turtles by then, and I noticed the pontoon snorkel tour boat was roaring in. I told my friend that I didn’t want to be part of the “tour”….. since last time the tour guide told her snorkelers, “that lady marks the turtles…..so go by her and watch them surface”. I paddled away as fast as I could! My friend left too, but the older couple were still hanging out there. We marveled at how perfect the day was and how hard it was to go in, but she went in at Kam II, and I headed back to Kam I. Just as I parted ways with her, without warning or white caps, the wind seriously roared in! It took me a while to paddle against it to get back, but I didn’t care. I knew my swim would be a rough water swim…and it sure was, but at least the water clarity is improving from the south swell. I hope the conditions stay nice like this for the next few days!