Late start, Turtle surprise!

Wow, it was almost 9:30 a.m. before I got out on the water.  I guess I turned off my alarm and that was it, but I am sure glad I decided to go for it any way.  It was a perfect morning, mostly sunny and no wind.  There was a little bump out there, but the conditions were really nice.  I hadn’t got out past the buoy when I noticed a turtle right next to me!  Instead of paddling north first today, I stayed with the turtle.  Then I ran into a paddling friend and I told her I had a “buddy” with me.  She and I hung out with the turtle for a while, until it took us to Kam II, and then we paddled on to the boat ramp.  She had already been down there earlier with another paddling friend 0f ours,  and they had actually seen the first whale of the season!  As soon as we got to the boat ramp, the turtle show began.  We counted about 9 or 10 turtles in all, and after my friend left, two more turtles surfaced!  I was just about to leave when one more turtle popped up.  That was 14 turtles in all!  Since it was late I decided I should paddle back in case the wind came up, so I didn’t look back because I knew if I saw any turtle shells glistening in the sun, I would have to go back there!  The conditions stayed perfect all the way back, with the bumps pushing me forward.  My swim was equally as perfect, with the wind only just starting to come up as I left the beach.  Better late than never I say!

About wildwahinepaddler

I have been happily living on Maui for the past twenty-four years. I have been stand up paddling for over five years. I am married to Bob; have three grown children, five grandchildren,( two grandsons and three grand daughters.) I live in Kihei, on the South shore of Maui, right up the street from Kamaole Beach Park I. I paddle from Kam I almost every morning. I love living the island life and I love sharing my paddling adventures! Come join me! Maui No Ka Oi!
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