Perfect Paddling and Twelve Turtles!

Another perfect day!

Another perfect day!

Today started out with some wind blowing from the south.  I didn’t mind because it was keeping me cool, but I was hoping that the wind wouldn’t get any stronger.  I headed to the boat ramp and paddled into the wind.  When I arrived at the boat ramp…….two other paddlers were there as well as three snorkelers.  I spotted my first turtle out farther so I paddled out to it.  The two women on stand up boards were more interested in talking and didn’t seem to notice the turtle.  The snorkelers were bugging me because they were diving down after the turtles…….but I still got twelve turtles today!  The wind totally backed off and it was glassy just like yesterday.  I sat between turtles and had them floating next to my board…..I even saw “Spot” today!

Fishing trash

Fishing trash

Then I spotted this red and white thing bobbing on the surface so I paddled over  and scooped it up.  I hate these things!  It’s a fishing float with a hook attached to the line and it even had bait on it!  I always keep a look out for these things because once I pulled three of these off of a turtles fin and I know they could be swallowed!  The thought of a choking turtle doesn’t appeal to me.

My buddy

My buddy

This was my morning buddy………and thankfully not afraid of the snorkelers!  I got some good photos today too.  It was so beautiful!  On my way paddling back, I ran into a paddling friend and stopped to chat for a few minutes.  Then I hurried back to get my swim in!  The wind stayed out and I had a great swim in calm clear water.  The wind didn’t really come up until noon today……that’s more like it!  I hope it’s nice again 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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