Back in the Water & 7 Turtles!

So glad to see my buddies!

So glad to see my buddies!

Oh yes, it was glorious!  Even though it was intermittently cloudy and the water wasn’t glassy…….I didn’t care, I was just so glad to be out on the water again!  In fact, the ocean was a bit “loopy”, which isn’t actually choppy, but wavy.  I seemed to be the only paddler out, which usually makes me wonder if there is something I don’t know…..but again, I didn’t care because I was OUT on the water!  As soon as I started to paddle, I ran into a turtle right at Kam I and that was a nice surprise!  I paddled north and then made my turn south and there was only a slight breeze blowing from the south.  I wasn’t sure how long I would paddle for my first day back in three weeks….but I just felt so wonderful and strong….so I just kept on paddling!  Before I knew it, I was all the way down to the boat ramp.  I didn’t plan to stay long though, so I hoped to see at least one turtle.  They didn’t disappoint me either…..the first turtle surfaced a few feet away from the nose of my board!  Then a second turtle surfaced behind me, popping up to take a breath of air!  Then two more turtles surfaced and I was, indeed, surrounded by four turtles!  I just sat there in the middle of them for a few minutes as I watched them swim around me and under me.  I was so excited!!!  Then another turtle surfaced off to my left and farther away, and the sixth turtle surfaced out farther.  It all happened pretty fast…..and all in all, it was one turtle at Kam I and six turtles at the boat ramp!  With that, I decided to start paddling back.  The loopy waves that pushed me down to the boat ramp were now in front of me, pushing against me!  It was a workout to paddle back, but I was up for it.  It felt great to be paddling again and the conditions actually improved by the time I went swimming, so that was very enjoyable too!  I’m so glad to be back and feeling great!

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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