It was a gorgeous day on Maui today with just a slight breeze blowing from the south and calm conditions. I paddled down to the boat ramp and when I got there…….six other paddlers were already there. I spotted a turtle out farther, so I paddled out to it. The other paddlers moved north and I paddled to my spot to wait for more turtles, but there were no more turtles! I was just starting to feel bummed that I only had one turtle for the day….when a tourist on a rented stand up board paddled up and said, “What is that out there between those two kayaks? I hope it’s not a shark!” I immediately looked out and saw dolphins! I paddled out there as fast as I could. There was a pod of at least thirty dolphins, maybe more, zipping around the area! Well I jumped right in paddling with them! It was amazing! The pod broke into about three groups going in different directions, so me and a few other paddlers were totally surrounded by dolphins! A outrigger canoe paddled into the area and I was sitting there surrounded by dolphins and I said, “There is nothing better than being surrounded by dolphins!” Which they all agreed! The dolphins put on quite a show, jumping, spinning, tail slapping and back flipping……and swimming around everywhere you looked! I don’t remember how many times I was surrounded by the dolphins and or how many of them came up right next to me, splashing as I talked to them, but it was amazing! The dolphins stayed around for at least an hour and a half and I was in the middle of them many times. One paddler was saying,”Hey I think they like you……you’re like the pied piper!”….and it seemed like they were following me and I was following them too! I was loving every minute of this amazing dolphin encounter but I knew it was getting late. Finally I just had to paddle north and not look back! I was paddling along and all of a sudden……five dolphins came up next to me and there were a few more out farther! I couldn’t believe it! I looked back and all the other paddlers were now frantically paddling in my direction. I paddled along with the dolphins and then they disappeared and I vowed not to look back. I paddled the rest of the way back in perfect conditions and my day had definitely been made! The day stayed nice all the way through my swim too. It was just an amazing day!!