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 Surville

It was a public holiday today, and I’d promised myself — and my parents — a bit of a break from things. I didn’t have definite plans, but Mum had been looking at a map and suggested that we drive to Murdunna and see what happened if we turned left. The road started off convincingly enough, but deteriorated somewhat as we progressed, so that there were a few potholes to dodge, some rocky stretches, a small cross country detour around a tree where the Suby bottomed out fleetingly, a couple of places where the road is narrower than it used to be as it has been eroded by the creeks it crosses, and one spot where you have to know which turn to take … and then there are two big puddles, the second of which was just a little wider, deeper and muddier than I was prepared to tackle (visible in the final photo below), and so we parked the car and took to Shanks’ pony, discovering — fortunately — that we were only 200m from the end of the road anyway.

After covering that last little distance, we saw the stunning cliffs of the coast, so typical of the Tasman Peninsula: High Yellow Bluff to the left, which came into view once we’d followed a little track further out (seen in the first photo) and Cape Surville to our right, which was our dramatic surprise when we arrived at the end of the road (seen in the second and third photos). There is a very obvious change in geology visible on the peak of the cape in the third shot, with the sandstone on top and the dolerite below. The light was a bit flat, dulling the spectacle a bit, but I can tell I am going to have to come back and do the 5km return walk out to the Cape.

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