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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A wild ride

My niece, Claire, and I decided to do one of the Bruny Island cruises today, notwithstanding the cold weather. We were reassured by the fact that it wasn’t quite as windy as yesterday; but what we hadn’t appreciated — until we were out in it — was the magnitude of the swell, and the full meaning of the term “confused seas”! It was a wild ride down the southeastern coast of Bruny, with the boat venturing excitingly close to the cliffs and providing us with some gasps as it hurtled around some of the outcrops. There was a spectacular sea cave that caused me to gasp in awe as we hurtled past it, but there was no time to take a photo and the sea was too choppy there to stop. On other occasions we nuzzled quite close to cave entrances despite the swell that seemed hell-bent on dashing everything onto the rocks.

Photography was a bit of a challenge in the rolling sea, and my horizontal horizon problem had no chance of being cured on this trip. Moreover, still photos cannot capture the turbulence, and the climb up the face of a lumbering wave and the airborne plummet and crash down the back. It was so rough that we couldn’t do some of the cruise’s signature manoeuvres, such as running the gap between the sea stack and the cliff in the second of the photos below.

We saw seals and albatrosses, with the seals seemingly struggling to get ashore to their rocky platform in the tumult, but our search for a couple of whales seen earlier in the day was to no avail. I did, however, discover that ginger tablets really do work as a preventative strategy for seasickness (without them I expect I would have been a quivering miserable mess).

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