Windy and Ten Turtles!!

Beautiful Sunday!

Beautiful Sunday!

Yesterday I woke up late and it looked like it was already getting windy, so it ended up being a gym workout day.  I heard that the wind did back off and the day got really nice.  Oh well.  Today I got up earlier but when I got down to the beach, the wind was coming up!  It was windy with choppy conditions and white caps, but I went out anyway.  I paddled north into the wind and chop for a while waiting to see what was going to happen with the wind, and as soon as it backed off a little, I turned to paddle south.  The wind was at my back and gave me a push down to the boat ramp.  By the time I got down there, three kayaks were already in my spot and one of the kayakers was in the water with a mask and snorkel!  I figured that the turtles might not be coming up with a snorkeler diving down and chasing them, but to my surprise, a turtle surfaced right by me! It swam next to me and then it swam under me and I watched it under the water!  Then another turtle surfaced out a little farther so I paddled out.  It was also friendly!  I paddled farther south and suddenly three turtles surfaced in a triangle and I was in the middle!  The snorkeler kept coming up and saying that there were seven turtles at the bottom.  I felt like telling him that’s because you are chasing them and now they are afraid to come up!  By the time I had counted nine turtles and the wind was still blowing, I decided to head back.  Besides the boats were starting to come in and that is usually me cue to leave!  I paddled back against the wind and when I was passing Kam II, I ran across another big turtle so I stopped to visit.  That made ten turtles for today!  I ran into a paddling friend as I paddled through Kam I and we stopped to chat which didn’t last too long due to the impending wind.  I wanted to get in and go for my swim.  The wind did back off and I had a very nice swim!  The reef was clear and the fish were zipping around too!  The water felt so nice.  The wind came in and out throughout the morning, but it was still a very nice 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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