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Jan

2009-01-10 - Coomera Circuit - Leaders Peter & Sara

Seven walkers left the mountain on time at 7.30 am and were met by Julie Cullen at Binna Burra for an 8.30 am start on the 17.5 km walk. The track was a bit damp from rain but still in good condition. We had smoko at the Coomera Gorge lookout. Due to the recent rain the waterfalls were in full flow. As Jeanette had not walked for awhile she decided to return to the car park from here instead of doing the full circuit. Sue accompanied her back. There had been a landslide not long after the second creek crossing which had taken out a section of the track. This resulted in having to cross the Coomera River another two times. Lunch was at the base of the last waterfall just before where the track joins the Border Track. Both Julie and Denise slipped on wet rocks here. Fortunately no broken bones but both could have been nasty accidents. They are experienced walkers which show that an accident can happen to anyone at anytime. This is why it is very important that the club always carries the PLB (EPIRB) and first aid kit on walks. We were back at the Binna Burra car park just before 3 pm. No coffee stop today as Peter and Sara drove Denise to Robina Hospital for a check up, fortunately all was well. The last of the walkers were back on the mountain by 5.30 pm.

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Why does attentiveness to nature matter? In a very fundamental sense, we are what we pay attention to. Paying heed to beauty, grace, and everyday miracles promotes a sense of possibility and coherence that runs deeper and truer than the often illusory commercial, social "realities" advanced by mainstream contemporary culture. ... Our attention is precious, and what we choose to focus it on has enormous consequences. What we choose to look at, and to listen to--these choices change the world. As Thich Nhat Hanh has pointed out, we become the bad television programs that we watch. A society that expends its energies tracking the latest doings of the celebrity couple is fundamentally distinct from one that watches for the first arriving spring migrant birds, or takes a weekend to check out insects in a mountain stream, or looks inside flowers to admire the marvelous ingenuities involved in pollination. The former tends to drag culture down to its lowest commonalities; the latter can lift us up in a sense of unity with all life. The Way of Natural History, edited by Thomas Lowe Fleischner and published by Trinity University Press (Texas)