|All photos in this posting are courtesy of an MCC member. |
No, I'm not in this one.
The paddle over was amazing. Initially, very easy, flat, calm seas. No wind to speak of. As we near the open ocean in the crossing, the sea swells grow. Big rolling waves. We're paddling into them sort of cross-wise. They will be more help to us on the return trip. Meanwhile, they are a little like a sideways (kiddie) roller coaster. I wish I could tell you how high they were... but I'm really bad at that. I'm gonna go out on a limb and say 3-4 feet? With big troughs in between. Nothing scary, nothing troublesome. Just a big, rolling ocean that we are cutting through in our outrigger. We see dolphins (for which we take a little detour) and a manta ray (for which we take another detour).
(Side note on the manta ray: We weren't close enough for me to really see well. It looked a bit like a big roundish black oil slick.)
We take 2 rolling stops on the way out - that means that 1 crew member at a time takes a break while the rest of the crew continues to paddle. When seat 1 comes back in, seat 2 goes out, etc. Very efficient!
|Large island in the distance is Kaho'olawe. |
Molokini is smal brown crater just over Claire's left shoulder.
Then we float around in the crater for a while - several paddlers going overboard for a dip and/or a snorkel. A big octopus was reported (alas, no picture). The water out there is a nearly indescribable blue - Caribean hued, jewel-like turqoise. I now call it Molokini Blue. There are numerous, huge frigate birds circling effortlessly above us. So graceful to watch.
|Yes, that's me, second from left (seat 5).|
It's now closer to 9:30 in the morning and the beach is considerably more crowded than when we left. Our captains have to dodge standup paddlers, swimmers, kids with innertubes, snorkelers and random people standing in the water. It's like a pinball game! We all succeed with no casualties.
We have paddled 11 miles. 11 spectacular miles over a 2-1/2 hour morning. What fun! A bit tiring, too. But wait... we still have to get the boats back up the stretch of (now hotter) beach with our now slightly fatigued arms and backs. Ugh. This is hands down the worst part of the day!
I take a quick dip to cool off and head home. Tired but exhilarated. And proceed to take a nap. Ahhhhh.