Finally Back Out There!!

And it posed for me!!

And it posed for me!!!

Well, after a week and a half without paddling……..I was MORE than ready to get back out there today!  There is still a swell causing some shore break and sandy visibility……but I went out anyway.  Just as I paddled out at Kam I, my first turtle surfaced!  I was so glad to see it!   The wind was blowing from the south, so I headed south.  It was a bit late, after nine o’clock, so I wasn’t sure about the wind.  As I passed Kam II, I spotted a paddling friend, so we chatted and paddled down to Kam III.  The wave action was worse down there and pounding the beach, so we decided to turn north.  That was when my second turtle swam under me!  Then I paddled with it for a bit and when it surfaced, I managed to get this great photo (above…) with a perfect back drop of the west maui mountains with a crown of puffy clouds above it!  I was very excited!  I paddled north and decided to go in at Kam I.  I didn’t make it to the boat ramp, but I did get two turtles and a sunny day…..so I felt good about that.  Even though the water visibility wasn’t good, I went for my swim.  The water is so warm!  I stayed clear of the reef and swam back encountering a big school of fish that swam right through me!  On my way in, I turned on my back to back stroke in to shore……and suddenly about three feet from me, a big turtle surfaced, looked at me, and then dove under!  I never saw it coming since the water wasn’t clear.  Now I was really happy, three turtles for the day…..I was so grateful!  Hopefully the swell disappears soon and I can fully enjoy the usually tranquil ocean again and all my turtles…….maybe tomorrow.  I can hope!

About wildwahinepaddler

I have been happily living on Maui for the past twenty-three 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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