Unpredictable!!!!!

ocean trash clean up

ocean trash clean up

Today was almost a carbon copy of yesterday, except not quite as windy, but twice a choppy!  The chop must have been generated from strong winds farther out causing rolling swells too.  I decided to paddle down to the boat ramp anyway, hoping the wind might back off.  The wind and rolling swells pushed me along until I made it down to the boat ramp but the conditions were still choppy!  I stayed for a few minutes but there was a boat sitting there with people jumping off of it, and there wasn’t a turtle to be found.  Maybe the turtles were wary of the jumpers and were hiding today!  Anyway, I decided that since the wind was not backing off, it would be wise to head back while I still could.  I paddled against the wind until I got half way past Kam II, and then the wind completely backed off and it got glassy!  Then I spotted something floating in the water out farther, so I paddled out.  The picture above is what I found.  It looks like something to do with fishing, a float of some kind, but all I could think about was how bad it would be if a turtle or dolphin decided to eat it, so I plucked it out of the ocean and stuffed it in my swimsuit!  I actually do this pretty often if I see something like that out there that might be a potential hazard to my sea creatures.  The conditions  stayed so nice that I didn’t want to come in!  I paddled down to Charley Young Beach again and then came back.  I knew my swim would be nice if the conditions held!  My swim was nice and I saw a fairly large Puffer fish which I haven’t seen for a while.  I tried to follow it around, but it wasn’t having it so I left it alone!  There was a flurry of fish down at the reef too. It only got a little windy on my way back, but mostly it stayed nice and was still nice when I left the beach!  It’s been so unpredictable lately, but I hope the wind cooperates tomorrow for my birthday!  It would be great to visit with my turtles on my birthday…. we’ll see!

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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