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Leader – John
Distance - 11.3k (8.2k for some)

Walkers – Leigh, Carol, Christine, Jackie, Helen, Sue, Michele, Klaus, John, Colin

2013-09-14 Mt Tamborine RambleTen of us set off from Staffsmith Park down the hill, taking in the wide Gold Coast view, reaching the quarry, and continuing down the Caballo Road.

We watched with qualified admiration as a couple of bikies stood in their stirrups and charged at a steep switchback section of the rough track, and at the top we had a friendly chat with a group of them who professed surprise that we were able keep our feet on it!

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Leaving that track we descended to Welches Road with a break for snacks by the power line. A carpet python and a brown snake(?) had crossed the path in front of us.

Six people then climbed back up the Mountain by the neighbouring Wongawallan ridge, and the other four returned by yet a third route, the road, by car. We all joined up at Hillbillies for coffee.
 
An enjoyable walk in perfect weather - John
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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)