Gorgeous Day and Nine Turtles!

Gorgeous day!

Gorgeous day!

I missed paddling yesterday because the wind came in so early, but today I was eager to get out there.  It was a gorgeous day with perfect paddling conditions and just a nice breeze blowing out of the south.  As I paddled past Kam II, I looked up towards the mountain and saw a crown of white and silver puffy clouds just hanging near the top.  It looked like it was just as perfect up on the mountain as it was on the ocean.  When I arrived at the boat ramp,  no one else was there and a small boat had just come in and was sitting in the boat lane.  Straight ahead of me were two turtles floating on the surface!  I paddled over to them and sat right in between them, and then a third turtle popped up and I was in a turtle triangle!  Then all three disappeared,  but I spotted another turtle out farther so I paddled out.  It was a big turtle hanging out all by itself.  Then I spotted two more turtles down towards the boat lane, and paddled over.  One of them spooked and dove down, but the other one hung out with me for a few minutes.  I sat for a few minutes and wondered if that was going to be it, but then another turtle surfaced right next to me and swam around me!  I looked down into the water and spotted another turtle swimming so I followed it until it surfaced and took a look at me!  The last turtle of the day was a tiny little turtle that emerged out of nowhere.  It was so cute and spunky!  It’s shell could not have been larger than a foot.  Whenever I see the really small ones, I always hope they will make it.  I heard that turtles come to the surface to conserve energy and warm up…but I also think they come to visit!   I sat for a while again, with the conditions still very perfect, and then decided to head back and look for dolphins.  I paddled back in great conditions and continued down towards Charley Young Beach, but no dolphins were in sight for today.  The conditions stayed nice all the way through my swim and it was still very nice when I left.  It was just a gorgeous day!

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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