Rocking and Rolling!!!

Eight turtles!

Eight turtles!

This morning started out windy and stormy and the ocean was rocking and rolling!  The beach was practically empty and hardly anyone was out on the water.  I think people were concerned that a storm was coming in,  but I paddled all alone down to the boat ramp!  The stormy clouds overhead had the water looking very dark and it was hard to see underneath the water….but a turtle greeted me as I paddled out!  The wind was at my back on the way down to the boat ramp and the swells made for some interesting paddling.  At the boat ramp I was all alone except for a couple of snorkelers.  I kept watch on the  stormy skies and hoped the turtles would come up quickly, but they made me wait.  After four turtles surfaced, I realized the wind was not backing off and decided to head back.  As I passed Kam III, two more turtles popped up in front of me as if they were trying to talk me into staying longer!  Well of course I stopped to visit with them, but I thought it best to keep heading back.  Just as I headed past Kam II, I ran into a paddling friend.  We chatted briefly and both moved on.  I wanted to get my swim in as soon as possible in case it started to storm.  I headed down to the reef, but the water wasn’t very clear down there so I turned around.  A few minutes later, a turtle swam under me so I turned around a swam with it for a while!  I was happy to see a turtle while swimming, especially since I couldn’t see anything at the reef today.  On my way back, the wind backed off and it got very nice……. a lot nicer than earlier!  It looked very stormy out by Kahoolawe and Molokini and it even rained a few drops at the beach, but then the sun broke through and it got really nice.  Not bad for the end of December!!

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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