Twenty- three Turtles Today!!

Just passing by!

Just passing by!

Oh wow…..did I need to get out on the ocean today!  After all this wind, I had about had it…..but last night the wind seemed to be backing off so I had high hopes of no wind in the morning.  I got up at 6:30 a.m. and looked out the window and NO WIND!  I hurriedly texted one of my paddling friends and we both said we were getting out there as soon as possible.  I was in such a hurry…..I forgot to eat my yogurt!  I got down to the beach by about 8:00 a.m. and just waited five minutes for a parking spot right in front.  Everything was on track for a great morning of paddling!  Just as I paddled out, I looked down and a turtle was swimming right under me!  That was a good sign!  I headed straight down to the boat ramp.  The conditions were perfect!  So glassy and calm!  As soon as I arrived at the boat ramp……the turtles came popping up!  Soon I had counted fifteen turtles already!  I observed two new turtles today as well.  One was a smaller turtle with a scrap of his shell missing on the top…..so I named him “Scrappy”.  Then a really huge turtle was hanging around, much bigger than most of the others….but I couldn’t think of a name right off.  If it starts hanging around more, I will have to come up with a name for it too!  Soon a paddling friend arrived at the boat ramp and we were surrounded by five turtles!  They stayed floating around us for quite some time…..we loved it!  Wow, twenty turtles at the boat ramp; one turtle at Kam I; and on the way back, we spotted a turtle at Kam III and one at Kam II!  That was a total of twenty-three turtles for one morning!  We paddled back in perfect conditions and made it down to Charley Young Beach.  It was really hard to come in since it was so perfect!  The conditions stayed nice right through my swim and the water was so clear!  I REALLY needed a day like this!  I could use one like this tomorrow too!  Let’s hope……

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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