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Walkers: Louise, Cassie, Steve, Susan, Pam, John, Melissa,  Paula, Colin, Christine.  Distance: 25.1k

2018-07-28 Albert River

Yesterday proved me a failure as a walk leader. Firstly we started a bit later than the planned 9.00am, then because I was not a good Girl Guide and had left my printed directions at home we took a wrong turn and ended up walking perhaps an extra 2km before realising our mistake.  Just before stopping for lunch, we all missed an arrow pointing to the track and actually spent 10 minutes "lost". We were encouraged to up the pace later in the afternoon as we were at risk of even walking in the dark.  Susan tripped on a rock and fell at one stage hurting her hand (hope it is feeling better). On the upside, the weather was perfect, the company even better with lots of fascinating conversation, and Albert River Circuit lived up to previous experience with just the most beautiful scenery. It was one of our longer walks both in duration and distance but still remains a personal favourite - Christine.

Addendum: A wonderful job by Christine De Brito handling a very unruly mob who wouldn't listen to instructions and missed signs (just kidding). The beauty of coming back late was the fact that we were able to see an incredible blood moon and magnificent bright Mars which is at it's closest approach to Earth in it's orbit around the Sun - 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)