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Leader - Steve
Total Distance: - 18.0k
Walkers – Helen & Grahame, Colin, Christine, Jackie, Delle, John, Michele, Carol, Lyn, Mary, Steve

2014-02-22 Coomera CircuitDespite there being rain on the Friday night and the prospect of a very long, wet walk, we had a very good attendance for Saturdays walk.  All up we had twelve walkers who met at the upper car park at Binna Burra at around 8.30 am. 

We had intended to do the walk in a clockwise direction but four of the walkers wanted an easier day so we changed our plans and walked in the normal direction.  This would enable the four walkers to walk with us as far as the Coomera Gorge Lookout before turning around and returning to Binna Burra.

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After sterilising our boots we set off along the Border track.  Not long after the turn off for the Coomera Gorge it started to drizzle with rain, this was to continue on and off for most of the day. We had smoko at the Gorge lookout in drizzling rain.  From here the walkers split into two groups, the four who wanted a shorter walk returned to the car park with Michele as leader and the rest continued on to complete the circuit.  Most of the creek crossings are really easy since the National Parks installed large stepping stones, the few that did not have stepping stones were very slippery so care had to be taken crossing them.

All the falls were spectacular because of the rain on Friday night (have a look at the photos Colin has put up on the web page), but the rain had also bought out the leaches, despite spraying of boots and ankles I think everybody reported pulling a lot of leaches off their legs.  The rain had also bought out the “Lamington spiny crayfish”, we came across many of them on the trail.

Lunch was spent sitting on wet rocks beside a creek with an umbrella for cover as it was drizzling with rain (I lost my umbrella somewhere during the day so if anybody picked up a red and black umbrella, it’s mine).

We re-joined the Border Track and continued on back to Binna Burra, the last five kilometres in speckled sunlight as the rain had cleared.  Afternoon tea was on the veranda of Michele and Gary’s where we managed to consume most of the chocolate cake that Michele had baked on Friday night.  Thanks Michele!

Once again an enjoyable day with the Mount Tamborine Bushwalkers - Steve

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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)