Six Friendly Turtles!!

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Well, these last two days were windy and this morning looked like it might be windy too….but I was determined to go out paddling!  It was almost 9 a.m. when I got down to the beach so I also knew I was running late.  The wind was blowing from the south, which explains why there is still VOG in the air, but at least it wasn’t as bad.  I headed south for the boat ramp.  There was hardly anyone out paddling which was odd too, but then I ran into a paddling friend on her way back.  She told me it had been very windy earlier when she first went out, but now the wind had backed off some.  She also told me she saw the Manta ray that has been hanging around, down at the boat ramp.  When I got down to the boat ramp I was all by myself.  Just as I paddled into the area, my first turtle surfaced out in front of me, so I paddled over, but it ended up being two turtles so I cruised up between them!  Then a third turtle joined us and I was in a turtle triangle!  Then the turtles took turns diving down and coming back up, so I ended up sitting there with them for quite a while, still in the middle of them.  The wind backed off completely and it got so nice!  Even though I was later than usual, I stayed a while down at the boat ramp and took my chances with the wind.  Two more turtles surfaced out farther, so I paddled out to them.  They were so friendly and inquisitive!  One big turtle came right up to my board and popped its head out, opened its big mouth, blew air out, and got me wet!  It was so funny!  The conditions were holding, but I knew it could change at any minute so I headed back.  Just as I started to enter Kam III, one more turtle surfaced, so I stayed a few minutes to visit.  The turtles didn’t make me wait today and I was happy to visit with six friendly turtles!   I paddled back in nice conditions and I was anxious to get out swimming since it got so perfect.  My swim was great and the water is really warming up!  It was a surprisingly nice day!!

 

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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