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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Cape Pillar revisited and 12 of 12, February 2018

Due to an unexpected twist in my life (which may get explained here when I have decided how I want to do it), a Scout hike that had been a bit up in the air very suddenly had to become real for southern Tasmania’s February long weekend. A frantic planning meeting was held with the two […]

Adamsons Falls

A different niece; a different destination.

The Australia Day holiday gave me an opportunity for a day walk with my eldest well-and-truly adult niece. We’d originally thought about climbing Adamsons Peak (apostrophe in “Adamsons” not included due to official nomenclature board policy), but timing, weather and some other factors, such as a strong disdain for extended upwardnesses, meant […]

A niece’s first overnight hike

The summer holidays seemed like a good time to introduce my 14-year-old niece, B, to overnight hiking. There’s an ideal spot down on the Tasman Peninsula which we sometimes use with Scouts: great scenery, mostly level track with enough hilly bits to help you learn to cope with them, not too long, and with fresh water […]

Bruny Island Lighthouse

A friend of mine and her family had been holidaying on Bruny Island and I went across on their last day. We went to the rugged south end of the island, and visited the famous 180-year-old lighthouse.

During summer, tours are conducted and we joined a small group to head up the slightly vertiginous spiral stairs to […]

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 […]