Once upon a time there was a man who built his house upon a rock.  This was no ordinary rock; it was a stone pinnacle that rose out of the sea.  The rock was just large enough to accommodate a thatched hut and one large potted plant.

You might ask why a person would choose to live in such a difficult and inhospitable location.  After all, he had to carry all his food and drinking water up on the rock in order to survive.

The real reason he lived there wasn’t a secret.  His job was to spend his days and nights sitting on his small rock guarding the big rock that was behind him.  The big rock was special because it contained hundreds of swallow’s nests hidden in the cracks and crevices of the vertical rock wall.  Several times each year they harvest the nests and send them to China where they create a culinary delicacy called “Bird’s Nest Soup.”  The nests are worth more than their weight in gold.  We were told that they are more expensive than gold on a per ounce basis.

How do you guard a giant rock that has five million dollars worth of bird’s nests sitting in plain sight?  It’s easier than you might think.  The guard has a high powered automatic rifle to keep thieves at bay.  A few rounds of ammunition shot into the air from his Kalashnikov or AK-47 lets intruders know they should keep their distance.  He doesn’t need a No Trespassing sign to keep unwanted visitors away.  A few bullets ricocheting off the rock wall usually does the job.  If someone would be so foolish as to climb the rock face, he would be an easy target with a high powered assault rifle.

As we sailed by the rock on our yacht, we didn’t see the guard or hear any warning shots.  We just kept a safe distance and satisfied ourselves with only pictures.

How do they harvest the swallow’s nests on the big rock?  The photograph shows the answer.  They use hundreds of bamboo poles to climb the rock wall.  They lash the poles in the cracks and crevices of the rock face leaving the bamboo scaffolds permanently in place.  When harvest time comes, they risk life and limb on a pilgrimage up the bamboo poles.  Harvesting swallow’s nests is not for the faint of heart.  Pregnant ladies and people with cardiac conditions should avoid this line of work.  Nevertheless, if you are willing to do whatever it takes, there is gold at the end of each bamboo pole.

The folks who guard and harvest the swallow’s nests are a lot like you and me.  They are living their dreams.  Harvesting bird’s nests on rock walls in Thailand may not be your dream.  But whatever your dream is, there is only one way to make it happen - you must be willing to do whatever it takes.

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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