Gorgeous Day and 8 Turtles!

Nice morning!

Nice morning!

Well, I almost didn’t go out because I got up later than I planned, but I decided to go for it.  I am so glad I didn’t back out, because this is what the morning looked like!  There was a hint of cane smoke in the air, but luckily it didn’t last long and even the island of Lanai was visible today.  The conditions were just perfect with just a slight breeze blowing from the south.  Just as I was getting ready to go out, I looked out on the ocean and saw a couple of dolphins right out in front of Kam I!  Well that made me hurry and I got out as soon as I could and paddled furiously north in the direction I saw the dolphins swimming.  I looked for them and hung around for a little while, but I never saw them again.  BOO!  Oh well, I took a chance and paddled all the way down to the boat ramp, and just as I was passing Kam III, a big turtle surfaced right in front of me!  I stopped to hang with it, and then ran into a paddling friend on her way back to Kam I.  She told me that she saw the two dolphins up close and thinks she got a photo of them!  I can’t wait to see it.  She said it was most likely a mother dolphin and a youngster.  I continued down to the boat ramp and spotted my first turtle lounging out farther.  When I paddled out to it, the turtle didn’t stick around.  Then I spotted one more north, so I paddled over.  It ended up being two turtles and I got to sit in between them!  Then a couple of kayaks showed up, so I paddled out farther.  I spotted another turtle and paddled over to it…..and then another turtle surfaced and I was in between again!  Then, another turtle surfaced to my left and another turtle surfaced next to it!  That was four turtles all together….. I just love when that happens!  I knew it was getting later and I might be pushing the limit with the wind, so I was happy with my seven turtles and started to paddle back.  Just as I was passing Kam III, turtle #8 popped up right by me and I stopped for a few minutes to visit.  Then the turtle headed south and I headed north, and the conditions stayed perfect!  It was nice the whole time today, even when I went swimming!  I love days like this!

About wildwahinepaddler

I have been happily living on Maui for the past twenty-three 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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