Uligamu is an outpost in the northwest Indian Ocean; it's the final stop most people make before they enter the Gulf of Aden or sail directly up the Red Sea.  Like most outposts, they don't spend a lot of money on fancy infrastructure when something more basic suffices.

Take channel markers for instance.  The narrow channel into Uligamu harbor would be difficult to locate without some type of marker to identify the entrance.  It doesn't take much, and anything is better than nothing.


The mariners of Uligamu construct their channel marker from a tree and metal pipe.  They embed the pipe into the reef on the edge of the channel, and they place a small tree inside the pipe.

City slickers may scoff at this unsophisticated channel marker, after all, it doesn't have lights or solar panels.  But is a ten-thousand dollar lighted buoy with all the bells and whistles any better than an Uligamu tree?  I think not.


Wherever you travel in the developing world, you discover thousands of navigational lights that don't work, and most of them have been out of commission for years.  They are too expensive to maintain.  The local mariners don't need them and visiting mariners have GPS, so why spend millions of dollars installing and maintaining navigational structures that few people use.

The top picture shows that the Uligamu navigational tree is visible from a long distance off.  Once you see the tree, you can locate the turquoise channel passing to its right.

Instead of buying a million dollar buoy tender to maintain an expensive channel marker, they simply hire a tree tender to change the tree as needed.  If the leaves all fall off or if the trunk breaks in a storm, the tree tender can stand in three feet of water and put a new tree inside the pipe.

David has been trying to figure out what type of work he wants to do when he finishes the voyage on Exit Only.  Although he's a musician, it's not clear yet whether his music will provide enough income to support him when he's married and living on his own.  He's been thinking about applying for work as an Uligamu Tree Tender to supplement the income he earns as a musician.  The picture shows that he's comfortable in the water and well-suited for this type of work.


I am writing a letter to the Supreme Ruler of Uligamu to see if they might consider David as the Chief Uligamu Tree Tender with full benefits.  It's always good to know you have a cushion to fall back on just in case your musical career doesn't pan out.

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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