Spring Has Sprung!!!!

I love the honu!

I love the honu!

Well,  it was almost a day like yesterday….except the sky was more overcast and the VOG has crept back in again.  Still no significant wind, but that is why the VOG is creeping back in too.  Conditions were nice for paddling and before I even got started, I ran into a big turtle right outside Kam I!  I think it was “Lizard”!  It looked like the one I see often down at the boat ramp, but today it was hanging around Kam I.  I stopped to visit with it and it was very friendly!  When the turtle disappeared, I headed down to the boat ramp.  When I got closer, I could see a kayak and quite a few snorkelers there already.  I paddled up and was immediately surrounded by three turtles…..then two more joined us and I was sitting between five turtles!  Finally the snorkelers left and then it was just me and the kayak with two tourists on it remaining.  The turtles kept surfacing and I counted thirteen at the boat ramp and then decided to paddle back before the snorkel boat arrived.  Suddenly a big turtle popped up and of course I had to stay!  What a funny turtle!  It kept hanging near the nose of my board, and bumping into it, then it dove under me and surfaced on the left side of me, but only half of it surfaced and the other half was still under my board!  The turtle kept bumping me gently and finally it moved from under me.  Just about then the snorkel boat was approaching and they pulled up near me and the turtle and one of the crew asked, “Was that turtle harassing you?”…so I asked him if he saw what the turtle had been doing and he laughed.  Then I paddled back in nice conditions and it stayed nice all the way through my swim too!  Except for the VOG, it was a perfect day to start Spring!!

 

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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