WINDY!!!

Windy!

Windy!

It was already getting windy when I arrived at the beach, but I was hoping that it might back off like it did yesterday.  No such luck!  I had the wind at my back paddling down to the boat ramp, but once I got there I had to keep paddling so I didn’t end up being blown into the boat lane!  There were snorkelers and a kayak there too when the first turtle popped up and the woman on the kayak said, ” look there’s a turtle”,  and then they proceeded to paddle right over it!!!!!  I paddled away from the snorkelers and right between two large turtles!  The wind just wasn’t backing off and actually getting more gusty, so I headed back.  Just as I was heading into Kam III, another turtle surfaced next to me so I stopped for a minute.  Then the turtle started swimming north, which was the direction I was going, so I paddled with it for a little while until it disappeared.  On such a windy day, four turtles was a gift!   I paddled back against the wind all the way and it was quite a workout.  Just as I was heading into Kam I, a gust of wind roared by and almost knocked me off of my board!  I decided to get down on  my knees to paddle and that’s how I came the rest of the way in.  I could see that a rough water swim was on my agenda so I prepared myself, but halfway into my swim, the wind backed off some and it got nicer.  The water visibility was very good so I saw quite a few fish down at the reef.  It was much easier swimming back and the wind stayed out for a little while longer.  By the time I left the beach, the wind had still not come roaring in.  I hope I miss the wind tomorrow!!

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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