The shallow waters of the Isle of Pines are full of surprises.  I like walking in the shallows, because I catch a glimpse of a different slice of sea life than what I find when I'm snorkeling on the reef.

When I walk in tidal pools I'm looking for camouflaged critters.  These are the guys who hide in plain sight.  As long as they remain stationary, I don't know they are there, because their camouflage blends in so well with the sandy bottom.

The little fish in the upper picture  would disappear into the background if he didn't have the dark bands around the back half of his body.  Perhaps there's some nearby habitat where those bands melt into the seabed.

Take a look at this critter.  I've spent several years trying to decide whether he's a frog or a fish.  To me he looks more froggy than fishy.  Whatever he is, he stands out like a sore thumb and would do well to move to an area that's green; any type of sea grass would increase his chances of survival.   If this guy stays where he is, he will be lunch on someone's seafood platter.

In some ways I'm a lot like these critters.  Sometimes I hide in plain site, and sometimes I stick out like a sore thumb.

Most of the time I hide in plain sight.  When you're cruising around the world on a yacht it's usually best to blend in.  There aren't that many predators out there, and the few that are around are mainly attracted to people flashing fistfulls of cash.  Hundred dollar bills and highfaluting ways make you stand out like the froggy fellow pictured above.

If you are engaged in a promotional campaign, then sticking out like a sore thumb is the way to go, but if you want to survive unmolested by the misfits of mischief, then blending in is a good master plan.

For the past twenty-eight years I have been hiding in plain site in nooks and crannies around the world.  Contrary to what the fear mongers say, it's perfectly safe to live and travel in ninety-nine percent of planet earth.  All you need to do is blend in. If you don't do any flag waving or misbehave, you'll be fine. 

I'm going to tell you a secret of survival that will let you travel anywhere you want with hardly any risk.  You simply need to use Universal Camouflage.  The best camouflage out there is called love and respect.  If you want to blend in everywhere, just treat everyone you meet with love and respect.  It's easy and doesn't cost a cent.  It doesn't matter where you are, if you treat all people with love and respect, they will treat you in the same way.  The same is true for foreign policy.  Love and respect get the job done better than fancy berets and laser guided bombs.

I don't believe the world is an inherently dangerous place.  The real problem is that we treat each other so badly.  We have been weighed in the balance and found wanting.

Excuse me, I have to go now.  I'm decked out from head to toe in Universal Camouflage, and I have places to go and people to meet. 

When I treat everyone with love and respect, 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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