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Leader Julie (for Michele)

Total Distance walked - 8.7k

2012-10-27 Egg RockWe met at the Numinbah Valley Hall as there are toilets there and then car pooled again and drove to park near the Numinbah Valley Correctional Centre in only 2 cars.  Michelle had met us at the Hall and let everyone know that I would be leading the walk today as she had a special event on.  There were 9 walkers today, Julie, Joy, John, Margaret, Sue, Carole, Paul , Colin and Steve.

We climbed over a few stiles up and over the fences and had a few steps to tackle in a couple of places (although Joy and Margaret said that there were more than just a few steps).  Until we turn off to go to Egg Rock this track is part of the Great Walk and it goes up to Binna Burra.

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We had an early morning tea sitting on rocks in the creek as it was  a really nice place to just sit and enjoy the area. We caught glimpses of Egg Rock as we walked along but by now it had  disappeared again.

After morning tea we walked a little way up the track that leads up to Binna Burra, looking at an old Timber Jinker on the way. Michelle and I had wanted to show everyone what it would be like if they were to continue up to Binna Burra. Colin, Michelle and I had done that part on our first reckie and decided that the other walkers would not have liked the trip up to the top as it 2.5 klms of steep uphill walking and not a lot to see on the way so  Michelle and I  tried to make it a more interesting walk when we went back to check it out again.

We did a bit of “bush bashing” to get down to a dry creek bed and then rock scrambled down the creek to the road that we had come up on. We then walked back down the road and continued on it until we came to Egg Rock which appeared dramatically before us as we came around the corner to another creek.

The girls stayed and found a nice spot on the rocks to have a chat and start their lunch while I led the men down to the end of the road, which finished at the Prison Farm Boundary. We “bush bashed” down to the creek and rock hopped back up the creek to where the girls were waiting at the base of Egg Rock.

Luckily Paul spotted a sleeping, curled up carpet snake before he hopped over a large log.  We got some good photos of it because it didn’t move at all, even when we moved a small branch off it so as we could get better photos.

It was a lovely creek to walk along and easy to traverse even though this one had some water in it. Along the creek there were a few lovely Strangler figs taking over. One was on its host tree and one on a large rock. We had our lunch with the others and then walked back across the creek (where we’d had our morning tea), to head back to our cars.

It was fairly hot today but luckily we had a bit of a breeze to cool us down.  We’d left just after 8.30 am and arrived back to our cars just before 1.30 pm,  so only a short walk today.  We had our “after walk refreshments” at the Numinbah Valley Café - Julie.

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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)