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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Sunshine, a wineglass, and pleasant hazards

At work we’ve had a statistics educator from Georgia (the US Georgia) visiting with us, Chris Franklin, and—in addition to having various collaborative meetings, exchanging ideas and spending time in my class—there have also been opportunities to show her some of the sights of Tassie. On Saturday I took Chris up the East Coast to Freycinet, where the weather was glorious and the coastal scenery spectacular.

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We made our way up to the Wineglass Bay lookout, where the view was simply superb (it was not quite so vibrantly blue the last time I was here a couple of years ago).

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We then descended to the beach, where the quartzite sand and azure water meant photo opportunities in every direction.

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After strolling about half-way along the beach and back, we then made our way across the wide isthmus, with its views across the swampy plain to the mountains in the south, coming out over the dunes and onto Hazards Beach.

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It was a little windier on this side (which is not to say it had been calm at Wineglass Bay: lunch ended up with sand additives!) and so we had a bit of a headwind and gusts of sand as we made our way northward and around the point back to the car park, where we were greeted by the kind of cute furry critter that always impresses visitors.

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We stopped briefly for a few photos of the Hazards and were treated to the sight of a couple of sea eagles making their majestic flight on the thermals above the granite (the raptor in the second photo below is flying to the left even though it is not entirely clear which way its head is facing).

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We had another brief view of the Hazards (the mountain range that separates Coles Bay from Wineglass Bay) before heading out to the Friendly Beaches as the forecast bad weather started to come in. It was a fantastic day, with good company and great scenery.

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