The VOG is definitely upon us. The islands of Lanai and Kahoolawe were barely visible today. At least it’s not bad enough that I am coughing…… sometimes you just have to be grateful for small things! With the lack of any significant wind, the conditions are always nice, except for the VOG blows over from the Big Island volcano! I enjoyed the conditions though and easily paddled down to the boat ramp. To my dismay, when I arrived there, a group of tourists with snorkels and rented stand up boards were thrashing about, yelling, diving and chasing the turtles! I really wanted to tell them not to do that, but I kept my mouth shut and just hoped they would go away. One of the young girls kept yelling, “where are the turtles, where are the turtles?”…I just wanted to yell, hey they’re hiding from idiots like you! But I didn’t. As luck would have it, a couple of the kids started arguing with each other and the father made them all come with him. Finally the boat ramp was back to the peacefulness that it usually is….and the turtles started to come up! First, three turtles surfaced and I was sitting in a turtle triangle right away! Then there were several times I sat between two turtles just hanging out. It was so calm and peaceful, I just laid back on my board and watched the turtles out of the corner of my eye! It’s so funny when they come up and pop their head up and look at you! By the time I had been there for a while, I counted ten lovely turtles! I can’t tell you how happy turtles make me! The tour boat still had not roared in, so I decided to paddle back. It was so nice paddling back! Just as I was heading in at Kam I, a big turtle surfaced right in front of me. Now my final turtle count was eleven! The conditions stayed nice all the way through my swim too! What a nice day it was all the way around!!