Everywhere I travel I'm continually reminded about the fundamental reality of human existence:  life is short and death is long.

I'm not worried about death nearly as much as I'm worried about life.  As far as death is concerned, there's very little I can do about it.  It's going to happen sooner or later, and later is better, but death really isn't the problem.  It's life that presents such a dilemma.

You see, I'm not afraid of dying.  I'm afraid of living.  What other reason could there be for not living my dreams?

Take a look at these sarcophagi overlooking the Turkish coastline.  Do you hear what they are saying?  If you listen closely here's what you'll hear:

"Life is short, life is short, life is short."

"Live your dreams, live  your dreams, live your dreams."

"You have nothing to lose, you have nothing to lose, you have nothing to lose."


The sarcophagi are right.  I should be living my dreams, and I have nothing to lose.

The problem is I have too many dreams, and I'm running out of time.


My dream of sailing around the world on a yacht took eleven years to accomplish and a modest pile of money to make it happen.  The trip around the world was an awesome adventure that I shared with my family, but it was also hard work.  It's much easier to work nine to five and make bun prints in the sands of time than it is to sail around the world on a yacht.  That's why so few people are sailing around the world, and so many are making bun prints.

I have two Defender Land Rovers kitted out for a driving trip around the world.  They have roof racks, high lift jacks, sand ladders, spare tires - all the gear is there ready for the trip from Cape Town to Cairo.  The only thing lacking is me.  I've got to fan the flames of desire to the point I buy the airline ticket and set off on another adventure.

I also have written five books that I'm waiting to publish.  But to do that I need to invest the next two years in promotional activities to make the books financially viable.

My problem is that I am one person with too many dreams.   I'm living on the horns of a dilemma.  Try sitting on a horn for a couple of years, and you'll understand what I'm talking about.

The thought has passed through my mind that I should chuck all of this in and continue sailing around the world on a second circumnavigation.  Cruising is affordable, relaxing, and fun, and there's thousands of destinations in the South Pacific that I want to visit.

So, what's a person to do.  I'm not sure just yet, but I know what a person shouldn't do.  He shouldn't sit around feeling sorry for himself immobilized by fear and inertia.  That would be dying before his time.

I guess the only way out of this dilemma is to pick one dream and go for it with all my mind, all my heart, and all my strength, and that's exactly what I'm going to do.  That's my master plan.

Come back to this web site in a few months and find out what happens.  It's decision time, and after that, it's time to rock and roll.  I can hardly wait to see what happens.

Life is good.


Log 1 Peter Pan Around the World
Log 2 Weapons of Mackerel Destruction
Log 3 Pirates of the Malacca Straits
Log 4 Kissing Cobras
Log 5 Debriosaurus Rex
Log 6 Go Ahead - Live Your Dreams

Log 7 The Man Who Built His House on a Rock
Log 8 Ambivalent Eagles
Log 9 One-Shovel Full at a Time
Log 10 Hitchhiker's Guide to Planet Earth

Log 11 Keeshond

Log 12 The Red Sea Blues

Log 13 Feel the Freedom

Log 14 The Danger Zone

Log 15 Lucky Man
Log 16 Dream Machines - Land Rover Defenders

Log 17 Trade Wind Dreams
Log 18 Logs With Fins
Log 19 Everywhere, Everything
Log 20 Shark Slayer Is History

Log 21 Viking Funeral - Burial at Sea
Log 22 Improbable and Impossible

Log 23 Keep on Trucking
Log 24 Dream Machines II
Log 25 Bodysurfing Whales
Log 26 Hitting the Wall
Log 27 Surviving the Savage Seas

Log 28 The Next Step
Log 29 Welcome to Barbados
Log 30 Atlantic Rally for Cruisers
Log 31 The Man with the Unplan
Log 32 Dali Dolphins
Log 33 Flying Like a Turtle
Log 34 The Foolish Man Built His House on a Pitch Lake
Log 35 Go West Young Man
Log 36 Crossing the Atlantic in a Row Boat
Log 37 The Unsinkable HMS Diamond Rock
Log 38 Catamaran Capsize in 170 mph Winds
Log 39 When Are You Coming Home?

Log 40 Master and Commander of Anegada - Frigate Birds
Log 41 Baths of Virgin Gorda - Batholiths of Central Arabia

Log 42 Free at Last
Log 43 Stalking the Wild Manatee

Log 44 Spreaderman
Log 45 Attack of the Flesh Eating Bees
Log 46 Sharks and Coconuts
Log 47 Stingray Picnic
Log 48 Boo Boo Hill
Log 49 Whale Slayers
Log 50 Noddies (Not Naughty)


Log 51 Exumas Land and Sea Park
Log 52 David and Goliath
Log 53 Turquoise Clouds of Paradise

Log 54 Momma Nightjar
Log 55 Maximillian The Great
Log 56 Chiton Kingdom
Log 57 Flying and Holding On
Log 58 Far Horizons
Log 59 Clouds Are a Sailor's Friend
Log 60 Getting Connected
Log 61 Fear
Log 62 Grand Schemes and Other Important Things
Log 63 If Jellyfish Had a Brain
Log 64 Cousins That Don't Kiss
Log 65 Swimming With Sharks
Log 66 Perfect the Way You Are
Log 67 Space Travelers
Log 68 Aliens
Log 69 Monsters of the Mind
Log 70 My Butterfly Collection
Log 71 Somewhere Other Than Here Societies
Log 72 Five-Hundred Pound Spiders
Log 73 Red Sea Sunsets
Log 74 Gibraltar Sunrise
Log 75 Big Sea - Small Ship
Log 76 Just Cruising
Log 77 Castle Mania
Log 78 You Must Know the Sea
Log 79 Flying Like a Goat
Log 80 The Joy of Photography
Log 81 Universal Camouflage
Log 82 My Rainbow Collection
Log 83 Indian Ocean Reward
Log 84 Fiber W
Log 85 Turkish Reflections
Log 86 Mirrors and Mirages
Log 87 Lycean Tombs Rock
Log 88 Rigging Emergency
Log 89 Pamukkale
Log 90 Volcano Land
Log 91 Sniffing the Air
Log 92 Why I Don't Kite Surf
Log 93 Resurrecting Exit Only in Turkey
Log 94 Greased Pole Competition
Log 95 Tsunami Damage
Log 96 Afraid of Living
Log 97 Living on the Edge
Log 98 Borneo Adventure
Log 99 Uligamu Tree Tender with Full Benefits
Log 100 God's Fireworks Display

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