Twenty-four Turtles Came ‘A’ Knocking At My Door!!!

Twenty-four turtles!

Twenty-four turtles!

I woke up with a stiff neck and could barely brush my hair…..it wasn’t looking promising for paddling today, but an hour later my neck was feeling much better!  I slathered on my sunscreen and filled my water container and I was off  to check the beach.  It was so perfect!  No wind and the water was calm today and I couldn’t wait to get out there.  It was already nine o’clock, but I paddled south towards the boat ramp.  It was so pleasant paddling!  When I reached the boat ramp, I was the only one there.   I sat for a few minutes and didn’t see a single turtle, but all of a sudden six turtles surfaced all around me!  The turtles kept popping up too and soon a man and woman on stand up boards hurried over to get in on the turtle action.  They were overwhelmed!  I saw three familiar turtles today too…..”Bumpy”, “Lizard”, AND “Torpedo Head”!!!!  The other two paddlers and I were having a great time with all the turtles, until I noticed the red pontoon snorkel boat approaching, so it was time to leave.  I paddled back in the same perfect conditions and ran across a paddling friend I hadn’t seen in a while as I passed Kam II.  It was a hard decision to make to go in with such nice conditions, but I wanted to swim.  Just as I came in from paddling, so did the wind!  By the time I went swimming, it was getting quite windy, blowing from the north.  The water visibility was not very good down at the reef so I didn’t stay long….I find myself taking a few looks behind me these days after the woman had her arm bitten off by a shark last week.  After I finished swimming, the wind came in stronger and soon the sand was starting to blow so it was time to go home.   I sure am glad I had such an excellent paddling adventure while the conditions were ideal!  I’ll take twenty-four turtles to play with any 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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2 Responses to Twenty-four Turtles Came ‘A’ Knocking At My Door!!!

  1. Nice to see you today. We stayed too long visiting with the turtles and on the way back it was hard paddling against that wind that came up in an instant. We finally had to come in at Kam 2 even though our car was at Kam 1, oh well, still such a gorgeous morning of SUPing!

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