No Escaping The Wind!!

Still windy!

Still Windy!

I checked the beach cam this morning and it looked calm….so I hoped for a day without wind.  Unfortunately, when I got down there, the wind had kicked up from the south like yesterday.  It wasn’t quite as bad as yesterday, so I headed south, into the wind.  I seemed to be the only one paddling south!  When I got down to the boat ramp, a turtle had already surfaced and was floating up ahead of me, so I paddled to it.  That didn’t last long and the turtle dove down and disappeared!  Then I spotted a turtle out farther, so I paddled out.  That one stayed for a little while, but then it, too, dove down and disappeared.  The wind momentarily backed off  and the ocean got nice for a short time, but I didn’t trust it!  I gladly took my two turtles for the day and headed back!  The wind has been something else lately…..and I have been paddling in wind for the last few days, but I was glad to at least get down to the boat ramp today.  Half way back, I ran into a paddling friend and we chatted for a few minutes, but suddenly the wind roared in and there were white caps!  She headed in at Kam II and I headed out so I would be well away from the rocky point!  The wind blew me and the white caps battered me….but I made it back!  Once again, it was difficult to get my board up the beach in the wind.  I knew I would have a bumpy swim but the water is pretty clear and so warm right now, that I didn’t mind.  In fact,  half way down to the reef, I saw something on the ocean bottom and I thought it was a piece of trash….but it ended up being a twenty dollar bill!  It took me seven attempts, but I was able to dive down and snatch the bill!  It was a profitable swim for today and just in time since I need a new strap for my snorkeling mask!  That is the first time in all the years we have lived on Maui, that I actually found money in the ocean!  The wind continued to blow……maybe it will take a break tomorrow?  You never know…..

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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