Dramatis persona*

helenhead Helen Chick

I've always wanted a bumper sticker that said "I'm a female, LDS/Mormon, Scout leading, geocaching, piano-playing, bicycling, mathematics educator with a PhD in maths ... and I VOTE"!

I think this makes me a minority group of cardinality 1!

* Since there's only one of me and "personae" is plural (I think), I've gone with dramatis persona.
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Bathurst Harbour Day 5B

Manwoneer Inlet and Farrell Point

Our afternoon journey took us further north into Manwoneer Inlet, which is a haven for black swans. There must have been between 100 and 200 of them, floating along the edges of the lagoon, although they took umbrage at our arrival and launched themselves in rather noisy fashion to find a less […]

Bathurst Harbour Day 5A

Temporary favourable winds and a sad story

With the final days of our trip upon us it was time to start heading eastward again so that we would be back at Melaleuca on the right day to catch our flight. So, we farewelled our campsite at Bramble Cove (a lovely spot), and headed out, originally intending to […]

Bathurst Harbour Day 4B

Beach wanderings and a sea cave

After bringing our kayaks ashore onto Wallaby Beach there was time to wander its 1km length and get a sense of this remote place.

The tortured west coast rocks formed fascinating outcrops jutting out across the sand.

Part of the way along the beach there is a big old Huon pine tree stump […]

Bathurst Harbour Day 4A

Going to Wallaby Bay is a swell idea

There were some drizzly showers overnight and during the day, but the wind was largely absent, which was good. After breakfast I had a little time to balance precariously on a ledge to take this drippy photo.

It was then time to warm up ready for the day’s kayaking. Things […]

Bathurst Harbour Day 3B

Forest Lagoon to Bramble Cove: Getting to Bramble Cove

After lunch — and a conversation with a group of paddlers making the challenging journey right around the coast from Strahan to Cockle Creek — we continued our journey westward, this time hugging the southern shore of Bathurst Channel to protect ourselves from the wind which was picking […]

Bathurst Harbour Day 3A

Forest Lagoon to Bramble Cove: The morning leg to Balmoral Beach

We woke on day 3 to improved weather conditions, with blue skies and calmer conditions producing lovely reflections of Mt Rugby in Forest Lagoon. 

Our plan was to take advantage of the good conditions and head out towards Port Davey, and so our first tasks for […]

Bathurst Harbour Day 2

Clayton’s Corner, Mount Beattie, and a westward wander

The weather today was largely true to its forecast, with wind and frequent showers giving us a further taste of typical conditions for the area. Moving the kayaks back down onto the beach ready for launching revealed early occurrences of our group’s surprising teamwork and equally surprising inability to […]

Bathurst Harbour Day 1

Melaleuca to Forest Lagoon Camp

Three years ago, when I flew into Melaleuca in SW Tasmania to do some bushwalking, I spied some kayaks sitting near the jetty and realised that it was possible to do paddling tours in the Bathurst Harbour area. I thought that it would be something I’d like to do and three years […]

Not Creekton Falls

It is always a bit awkward to discover — after a good day in a beautiful place with some amusing bits along the way — that you hadn’t actually reached your intended destination.

100 metres short.

That’s all. 100 metres.

And it’s not as if I couldn’t have known, because I had been there before and have photographs. Admittedly […]

Cruising the Tasman Peninsula

Brace yourselves for more photographs. I took heaps today, I still had heaps left after I threw out heaps, and I liked heaps among what remained … and so I am inflicting heaps upon you. Each successive heap is, fortunately, smaller than its predecessor, but given that I started with 250 you can see why you […]