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Christine De Brito (leader), Paul, John, Pam D, Stuart, Tony, Kris - Distance - 18.4k

2020-11-28 Toolona Creek

Seven of us enjoyed a wonderful day's walking.  We set off from O'Reilly's at approximately 8.15a.m.  The weather was just perfect - not too hot, and plenty of shade.  The creeks and waterfalls all had water in them, even though it is obvious rain is needed in the region.
Lots of other walkers too from singles to quite large groups.  Morning tea was in the vicinity of Triple Falls, and lunch at Wanungara Lookout.  The walk was enjoyed by all of us, and by the three who had never done it before, it was declared beautiful. Lots of wonderful birdsong although the birds themselves were hard to spot. 
We also saw two red-bellied black snakes, but both scurried off into the bush as soon as we stomped along. The only casualty of the day was Kris' shoes, when the sole of one shoe decided to part company with the upper midway on our walk  (Kris will be very pleased to receive new hiking shoes from her family for Christmas).
Everyone was pleased to arrive back at the carpark around 3.00p.m. to exchange their hiking boots for more airy, comfortable sandals.  The day ended with a stop for refreshments at Canungra on the way home.  However, Tony Milligan decided to hang around and do the Treetop Walk and not come for coffee.  He reported that 100m into the treetops walk there was a pair of Alberts Lyrebirds right next to the boardwalk, which wandered under the boardwalk and then off the otherside without a care in the world.  It made his day. - Christine. 

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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)