This is a photo of a paddling friend watching a turtle swimming over to visit me!
Today my whole day was already made in the first twenty or so minutes of paddling when I was heading south and a spinner dolphin surfaced right in front of me! There were two people in canoes who were also paddling in my direction and I could see that they were paddling with a few other dolphins too. I whipped my board around and started paddling in that direction too! Suddenly one of the canoe paddlers yelled, “There are two coming directly at you!” And he was right! Two dolphins swam straight at me and dove under my board and came out on the other side! I’m not sure how many dolphins there were in all, but the canoe paddlers kept going and I saw another paddler paddling furiously to catch up with them. I stopped and started to turn south, when up popped one of the dolphins right next to me! Then two more surfaced in front of me and I sat there surrounded by three playful dolphins! They swam and played around me and I actually was talking to them! I was saying, “Oh dolphins, don’t you want to just stay with me???” I couldn’t believe that three had actually stayed behind the others and visited with me. WOW! Oh how I love the dolphins! When they finally disappeared, I paddled south and the wind had picked up, so it was a paddle against the wind all the way to the boat ramp. I didn’t mind the workout and the day was just beautiful. When I got to the boat ramp, though, it was so crowded between jet skis, boats, three catamarans and a group of stand up paddler beginners with what appeared to be an instructor! It was too crowded for my taste, but I hung around for a few minutes, and only one turtle surfaced. I think there was way too much activity down there for the turtles today! Oh well, my day had already been made by the dolphins, so I paddled back, hoping the wind would not change directions. Luckily, the wind continued to blow north and I paddled back with the gentle hiss of white caps, pushing me from behind! It was very enjoyable to listen to the sound of the white caps hissing….. it’s actually very peaceful when that happens. I made it back and the wind stayed the same, so it was a swim against the wind too, but by the time I turned around to swim back, the wind died down and the ocean got glassy. It sure was another one of those really nice summer days at the beach!!!!!