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.
December 2017
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Views from Cape Deslacs

I decided to go a little further afield for this afternoon’s walk, and headed along Clifton Beach to Cape Deslacs, a place I don’t think I’ve visited before today. I didn’t have time for a great deal of exploration, but the views were […]

Mists on the mountain

It was a lovely spring afternoon, and I felt the need for some mountain wandering. I had to dodge the madding crowds at the summit, but once I started to head south across the plateau people were few and far between.

From the city below the skies had seemed clear but for a cloud draped across the […]

Saltwater River

It’s school holiday time and although the school holidays don’t correspond with uni breaks, I was able to take a day of annual leave and, with a friend and her two children, headed down to the Tasman Peninsula. They’d never visited Remarkable Cave before, which gave me an opportunity to take another photo of this amazing […]

Black Mountain Tower, Canberra

Once the conference finished, one of the attendees offered my friends and me a lift to the top of Black Mountain, which overlooks Canberra. There is an observation tower at the top and, after photographing the cool lift/elevator indicators (and failing to be smart enough to also time the trip, thus reducing the number of interesting […]

Fortescue Bay paddle

The company with which I did my Bathurst Harbour kayaking trip last year also offers a number of day trip tours and for a while I’ve been promising my approaching-xx-agenarian dad (and myself) a day out on the Tasman Peninsula. I’d been watching the weather forecast this week, and hoping that I could find a window […]

BT – Paracas National Park

After the morning’s boat trip out to Islas Ballestas, Cath and I continued by car with our guide and driver to the Paracas National Park, a little further south. This is both a marine sanctuary and reserve protecting the alien desert environment that had been home to one of the early Peruvian cultures. Here there were […]

BT – Islas de Ballestas

I think we made a good choice for today, both for where to go and with whom. It was just Cath and I on the full-day tour, with a company that uses its profits to support projects in the Lima slums, and yet its price was still cheaper than any of the other companies we […]

BT – 12 of 12, January 2017 – Lima

It was convenient to have the 12th of January occurring during our trip, as it meant that I didn’t have to get creative with a 12 of 12 theme. It was also, fortunately, a less “exciting” day, which means that it wasn’t too hard to restrict myself to only 12 shots.

Our early morning […]

BT – Last day (and a bit) in Cusco

Our South American program, as organised by the travel company, did not attempt to jam-pack everything and make us feel rushed. On our return from the Inca Trail we had another day-and-a-half in Cusco, which would have allowed for any delays on the trail (the rainy season is notorious for causing hold ups due to track […]

BT – Inca Trail Day 4 (Machu Picchu Pt 2)

The morning tour with Cocaman had taken us around the lower part of the site, which was the hub for the city and had most of the significant buildings. In addition to the photos presented in the Pt 1 post, I took quite a few other photos of the less “important” structures, all of them so […]