Windy!!!!!!!

Only one turtle for today!

Only one turtle for today!

I got up early this morning and looked outside.  I could see the wind blowing the palms and other trees already!  I almost decided not to go paddling.  Then I went out with the binoculars and looked out at the ocean and there were no white caps to be seen!  That was strange.  By the time I got down to the beach, the wind was definitely blowing,  but I went out paddling anyway!  I was just about to hop onto my board when I spotted a turtle right by me in about three feet of water and a tourist was freaking out!  I think she was afraid it might bite her legs!  I turned and started to follow it, but it was happily cruising the ocean floor and didn’t seem likely to surface any time soon.  I paddled out and the wind was blowing from the north….but I took a gamble and paddled down to the boat ramp.  The wind at my back pushed me and the ocean was rolling from the south, so I was having fun paddling over the bumps!  I got down to the boat ramp in record time…..and although no one else was there, I noticed a few other paddlers in the area and they were all paddling north!  I gave the turtles a few minutes to start showing up so when they didn’t, I thought it best to turn around and paddle in the direction of the other paddlers!  I didn’t know what the wind was going to do and by the time I paddled by Kam III, the wind picked up and some white caps started to appear.  It was a workout paddling against the wind, but it was fun too!  Sometimes paddling involves experiencing the ocean conditions and most of the time, it involves experiencing the ocean creatures. Today was an “ocean conditions” kind of day!  As I paddled into the Kam I area, I saw a paddling friend out farther so I paddled out to her.  She was out kind of far considering how much the wind had picked up.  We chatted for a bit and ended up drifting down more towards Kam II thanks to the wind!  We both decided that a day like today makes you focus on the conditions and skill building…..and sometimes it can be a welcome change.  Days like today make you appreciate the mellow days that much more!  I decided to paddle in and go swimming, so my friend continued on to Kam II and I came in.  The wind backed off a little, but not much, so my swim was much like my paddling experience……on the bumpy side!  It’s okay though, the water still feels wonderful regardless of at the conditions!!!!!

 

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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