Beautiful Day and Windy!

Turtle on Oahu!

Turtle on Oahu!

This is a photo of a turtle on the North Shore of Oahu.  On one of our trips over there, these turtles were coming right up onto the reef to eat the seaweed!  Some tourists were even trying to pick them up….really smart, right?   Well today was a beautiful day, but the wind was already blowing from the north.  I went out hoping the wind would back off, but it didn’t seem like it was going to.  I paddled against it for a while, and then I turned south towards the boat ramp.  The wind at my back was giving me a nice push until I reached Kam III, and then the wind changed directions and it was blowing against me!  There was hardly anyone out, which made me wonder about the wind.  I pay more attention to things like that ever since I had to bail out at Kam III that time!  I don’t mind the wind and a lot of the time it keeps me cool, but when it blows crazy, it can be a force to be reckoned with!  Down at the boat ramp, there was no sign of any turtles, but I also didn’t stay long due to the unpredictable wind conditions.  I figured I would paddle back while the wind was blowing from the south and get the push on the way back.  Lucky for me it worked out that way.  Another friend who had paddled north, got stuck paddling against the wind all the way back to Kam I!  The only turtles I saw were right out from Kam I, when I was coming in.  Two turtles surfaced a few yards from me.  The wind stayed constant, but it backed off a little bit during my swim.  It was nice down by the reef and I saw a big puffer fish!  I followed it around for a while, but it wasn’t happy about it!  There were a lot of other fish at the reef too.  The water is SO warm right now, that it makes it hard to come in!  The south wind prevailed for the rest of the time I was at the beach, but it was still a very beautiful day!

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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