Windy…..But Over Twenty Turtles!!

Windy!

Windy!

It was a beautiful day on Maui, but it was a windy one too.  The wind was blowing Kona, so I headed south and ran into a paddling friend who has been out-of-town.  We paddled together and just as we were heading out of the Kam I area, two turtles surfaced and I paddled up between them!  Then another turtle popped up too.   As  we passed Kam III, another big turtle surfaced and I stopped to visit  with it!  Then two more turtles surfaced!  That was six turtles before we even made it into the boat ramp area!  Then at the boat ramp, the wind backed off and it was beautiful.  Turtles were surfacing everywhere!  We were in turtle triangles……I was surrounded by four turtles at one point…..and then there was a turtle line of three turtles!  I saw one turtle swimming under me and heading towards my friend and then “pop”…..up it came right by her board!  We had so many turtles!  I was losing track of counting them but my friend and I think there were definitely more than twenty turtles today!  Suddenly the wind started to come back up, so we headed back with the wind at our backs.  We chatted for a while and then she headed in at Kam II and I headed down to Kam I.  White caps were now peaking and it was quite windy when I got back.  I knew I was in for a bumpy swim!  I swam against the wind down to the reef and then let it push me back, then a turtle appeared below me and I got all excited!  But, today the turtle wasn’t interested in me and I couldn’t keep up with it for very long.  Some days the turtles are into you….and then some days they aren’t!  I tried not to be offended because I know I’ll see that turtle some other day!  The wind just wasn’t backing off but it was staying Kona.  I hope it isn’t this windy 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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