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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Day trip to Rotto

About 20km off the coast of Fremantle (south of Perth) lies Rottnest Island, a sandy sanctuary of beaches and rugged coastline, free of car traffic, and inundated with tourists and quokkas. Quite a few of the TSO Chorus members made their way across and chose whatever they wanted to do for the day.

I hired a bike and headed off to do a circuit of the island, heading along the southern coast first and stopping at the lighthouse for a tour and some views.

There was wildlife in abundance: the cute quokka (a marsupial about the size of a domestic cat), a sea eagle, and seals off the coast of Vlaminghe Point.

Although it was a sunny day, there was a coolish breeze and so, despite the tempting beaches, I did not go for a swim (a plan that was also a consequence of not having taken the optimal attire for such an activity).

As I neared the end of my circuit I stopped for lunch and encountered a family of quokkas playing the “feed me ‘cos I’m cute” card for the tourists.

I also detoured via some of the salt lakes at the eastern end of the island.

And there were more quokkas back at the main settlement when I returned the bike at the end of my 35km journey.

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