Saved By Thirteen Turtles!!

Purrrrrfect Day!

Purrrrrfect Day!

Yes, we’ve had a windy spell….. and some stormy days….BUT today was perfect!!!!!  The wind has backed off for now……and already the VOG is creeping back in.  The island of Lanai was completely invisible today!  On Monday I went down to the beach and it was windy…but I went out paddling fully aware of what I was up against.  It was windy going down to the boat ramp AND coming back….but even though the water was choppy, I still got to visit with eleven turtles!  Paddling back was really a chore though!  This morning it looked perfect when I checked the Beach Cam….and it really was perfect!  Despite the VOG, I paddled down to the boat ramp and on the way I ran into a paddling friend so we paddled together.  Down at the boat ramp, two kayaks were sitting in our spot and then a boat chugged over to our spot too!  I didn’t see any turtles and wondered if I would see any since there was way too much activity down there.  My friend had to leave, and soon the boat finally left, as well as one of the kayaks and things quieted down a lot!  Soon I spotted two turtles in farther so I paddled in.  I sat between a large turtle and a really little turtle, until they disappeared.  Then one by one, the turtles started to emerge.  My paddling friend told me she had seen “Spot” down by Cove park twice….. and I remembered seeing “Lizard” on a couple of different days right in front of Kam I.  At the boat ramp, I saw “Bumpy” who is a really friendly turtle!  It surfaced next to me, and then it came right over to me and “bumped” my board!  I couldn’t believe the turtle kept bumping me, and one of the tourists in the kayak yelled, “Hey, that turtle is kind of harassing you!”  I laughed about that!  Then it swam right under me and was just hanging out under me…..clunking it’s shell up against my board!  It was so funny.  Before I knew it, I had counted a dozen turtles for the day!  The conditions stayed nice all the way back and one more turtle was swimming under me as I came in at Kam I.   That made thirteen turtles for the day.   I was feeling a bit blue and the turtles came to my rescue and reminded me of how lucky I am!  Turtles make me so happy!  The visibility in the water is excellent right now too, so I saw a flurry of fish down at the reef when I swam.  The day was just perfect in every way and I was so glad I went out paddling!  I would love it if tomorrow is just as nice…..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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