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Leader - Michele
Total Distance - 10.5k
Walkers - Michele, Julie, Mary, John, Paul, Steve, Colin

2013-06-22 Binna Burra RambleA very cool but brilliantly sunny day greeted everyone for the start of the Binna Burra Ramble at the Binna Burra Information Centre.  We would start off doing the Caves Walk from here and walk up to Binna Burra Lodge. 

There was much discussion about the geology of the location and we stopped to make a special inspection of the black obsidian (volcanic glass) used by indigenous peoples all over the world as cutting/carving implements, its flakes producing sharper than scalpel blades.  After completing “The Lodge Loop” we stopped for “smoko” at the Binna Burra Lodge admiring the views toward Beechmont and past Egg Rock. 

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We then started off along the Possum Track for short walks to the east of the lodge including the Garden Track toward Bellbird Clearing and a circuit of the Cliff Track.  We made our way back to the Bellbird Clearing for lunch. 

After lunch we set off again to follow part of the Cliff Track toward Bellbird Lookout.  At Bellbird Lookout we met some people doing abseil training from the 30 metre cliff.  The view toward Egg Rock and Hinze Dam were stunning in the bright, clear day.

As it was still early by the time we made our way back to Binna Burra we decided to do the Rainforest Circuit.  At this stage everyone was keen to get back to Michele’s place for the promise of hot coffee and chocolate cake.  Absolutely the best place for relaxation and refreshments after very relaxing short walks in bright sunny weather we have not seen in a long time - Colin

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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)