This past Sunday I spent the first half of my day at my favorite place… Coral Cove, in Jupiter.
I’m never disappointed by what this paradise has to offer! And for a Sunday, I was surprised at how calm the boat traffic was. Weekends are usually buzzing with boats, jet skis, and people tubing. There were some lurking storm clouds to the North, but they managed to slide right around us!
We’ve had a lot of rain lately so the water was not as crystal clear as it normally is. But I was ok with that. Because any day spent there is a good one. I had run into a fellow paddle boarder and he warned me of the strong current and lack of starfish that day. But again, I was ok with that!
I had my 12 year old daughter and my 4 month old puppy on board with me. And we chugged along. And because of the low boat traffic we decided to shoot across the channel. Once we got to the other side the water became much clearer. It always is more beautiful over there for whatever reason.
I dropped my daughter and pup off at the sandbar to run and play while I did a lap around the area….
The paddle boarder was right, no starfish anywhere! Which motivates me even more to find one! It’s like a personal challenge. Must.Find.One!! Haha.
All of a sudden I see something grey swim out from under a nearby dock. At first thought, baby manatee! Sweet, let me follow so I can check it out. As I got closer, it swam faster into the deep. And I quickly realized it was a baby nurse shark. Pretty cool actually because I never see them during any of my paddles. This was actually only the 2nd time.
So after that I decided to turn around, against the current mind you. I’m dripping sweat and my arms are killing me! I’m giving up on the starfish at this point. I’m going back to grab my daughter and puppy! As I get back I jump off the board to cool off, I walk the board along the sandbar and they jump on.
Just about to head back across the channel back to our spot…And there she glows. One lonely little starfish =D Mission complete! Day made. Just like that.
It takes time, patience, and motivation to find these beauties. Most people think I just pop in the water, swim down and grab them effortlessly. But that’s definitely not the case!
Even if I a starfish doesn’t bless me with its presence, there’s always something else that does!
Always an adventure, on the trusted Ecs board!
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