October 7th, 2014 / posted by paularath
Don't worry - I wasn't this close to the seal - I zoomed in a bit on him.

Don’t worry – I wasn’t this close to the seal – I zoomed in a bit on him.

I have added a new workout to my weekly regimen. Rather than swimming laps in the pool at the YMCA, I now drive down to Waikiki at about 6:30 a.m., walk around Kapiolani Park once or twice, and swim “laps” at Kaimana Beach. It’s so therapeutic!

It’s good for body, mind and soul.

When I arrive at the park, before 7 a.m., there are very few people walking and running, so I can just proceed at my own pace and think my own thoughts. When I get in the ocean at about 7:30 a.m., I’m usually the only one swimming. Sometimes there are a few swimmers going out to the wind sock and back, but I’m the only one swimming laps from sea wall to sea wall. After 8:30 a.m., however, plenty of swimmers and stand-up paddlers descend.

While swimming along the reef, I even get to see little tropical fish in the ocean. And last week there was a lovely monk seal lounging on the sand. The monk seal was carefully cordoned off, with signs to keep curiosity seekers away. Yet, even so, a Japanese visitor got within three feet of the creature before being warned off. Auwe!

How fortunate we are to have the ocean and the beach so easily within reach. Perhaps I’ll try my walk/swim at Kailua Beach next. Or perhaps a little holoholo to Malaekahana?

– Paula Rath

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