Perfect….Windy….Thirteen Turtles!!

Nice, but windy!

Nice, but windy!

I checked the beach cam and it looked perfect so I hurried to get down to the beach.  No problem with parking and drove right up and was out within minutes.  It was so perfect!  I paddled down to the boat ramp and when I passed Kam III, a big turtle popped up so I stopped to visit.  Then I headed to the boat ramp and I could see two stand up paddlers and three kayaks there.  By the time I got there, they all moved on except one paddler and it ended up I knew her!  We chatted for a while, talking about sharks, etc. and I spotted one turtle while we were sitting there.  My friend decided to head in and I headed out farther to look for more turtles.  Suddenly I spotted two turtles floating on the surface so I paddled right in between them!  One of the turtles swam up to my board and I could see it was “Lizard” with the long tail.  Then a third turtle joined us and now I was in a turtle triangle!  Farther north, I  spotted two more turtles so I paddled to them and two more turtles popped up too!  Finally I had counted a dozen turtles between Kam III and the boat ramp and decided to paddle back not wanting to tempt the wind.  Too bad for me…….just as I entered the Kam III area, the wind roared in from the north and I was immersed in white caps and wind swells!  There was also some cane smoke in the air and it was a drag having to breath that AND paddle against the wind!  I kept paddling like I was on a Disneyland ride and I looked long and hard at Kam II, wondering if I should bail out there!  I just kept paddling and when I started to pass the rocky point…..I spotted a turtle getting tossed by the wind swells and I paddled right by it thinking, “yeah buddy…..I know just how you feel!”  Finally I got past the rocky point and knew I would make it back sometime.  The wind did not back down and it practically blew my board out of my arm as I was making my way up the sand to the shower!  It was crazy windy and I knew my swim would be crazy too.  I swam down by the reef but the wind swells had the water at the reef all kicked up and no visibility, so I swam back.  The wind was not going to back down and the sand started blowing too!  I went home and proceeded to scrub sand off of myself….so much fun.  I hope it isn’t windy early tomorrow!

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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