Ten Turtles and Windy!!!



I woke up feeling tired but I decided to go paddling anyway.  When I arrived down at the beach, the conditions were perfect and glassy and I sure was glad since I had been questioning my energy level earlier.  It was really perfect too!  I paddled down to the boat ramp and it was even more perfect and glassy down there.  I spotted my first turtle right away and paddled over to it.  The one turtle turned into two turtles, then three turtles and then six turtles!  I was surrounded by six turtles right away and I was so excited.  Since it was so nice,  I was in no hurry and three more turtles popped up.  Then turtle #10 surfaced right by my board!  The next thing I knew, ripples started creating patterns on the surface of the water, and I thought, “Uh oh…..I had better head back!”  I paddled past Kam III and the wind intensified, but I was hoping it would back off.  No such luck, the wind blew even harder and I was paddling like crazy!  Heading into Kam II,  and getting smacked with wind waves,  I wondered if I should go in at Kam II, but I struggled on.  It took me forever to paddle past the rocky point, making sure I was far enough away that I would not get pushed into it!  What effort!  The wind just was not going to back off.  I finally got in at Kam I, but I was pooped!  I guess that is what I get for expecting an easy paddling day and it didn’t end up that way.  It stayed windy through my swim too and when the wind started blowing sand on the beach, it was time to head home!  Some days are just like that, but I hope tomorrow is not windy!

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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