Nice Paddling…..then Windy!



Yesterday it was windy and blown out early…….but this morning was perfect!  I got out a bit earlier and headed down to the boat ramp in glassy conditions.  I couldn’t believe how perfect it was!  When I arrived at the boat ramp, no one else was there.  Immediately three turtles surfaced!  Then two more so I was on a roll with five turtles already!  The turtles kept popping up all around me and I had them all to myself!  Twice I was sitting with five or six turtles floating all around me!  I saw Torpedo head, Bumpy and Spot…….all of them just this morning.  It was good to see some turtles I recognized again.  The turtles were floating and then swimming under my board so many times!  A paddling friend joined me at the boat ramp and there were more turtles.  I stayed down there quite a while until I had counted at least twenty turtles so I quite counting!  Another couple came to the boat ramp so we chatted for a while and then we headed back.  Just as we were paddling by Kam II, white caps appeared out farther  so my friend headed in.  I paddled back and made it just in time for the wind to come in.  Once again, the wind didn’t back off so I needed help getting my board up onto my racks.  Then I visited with a friend for a while and then went for my swim.  It was so choppy, but pretty clear so I headed south.  Just before I made it to the reef, a big turtle came swimming under me going north!  I turned around and swam with it almost back to Kam I.  The turtle was the only sea creature I saw out swimming today.  The wind was relentless and blowing sand around, so I headed home.  The wind has been so unpredictable lately so I guess the best plan is to get out as early as possible.  I will keep trying to get out earlier!  It was a beautiful day though……

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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One Response to Nice Paddling…..then Windy!

  1. Teresa Talley says:

    Fantastic day with my friend Mary!!!

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