by Jennifer St George
It’s submitted. Yes, my fifth book has been submitted to Destiny Romance. Hooray!
As usual, by the end of the editing process I’m exhausted. And more so than usual as I’m also working as the Communications Manager for the Byron Bay Writers Festival which is being held in just three weeks.
|Binna Burra Mountain Lodge|
So, I needed a bit of well-timed R&R. Fortunately our annual pilgrimage to World Heritage-listed Lamington National Park (Gold Coast hinterland, QLD) coincided with me hitting send! My extended family head to Binna Burra Mountain Lodge for a few days each winter holidays (less snakes and ticks at this time of year).
I love it up in the mountains as it is cold and clear and I love the smell of the rainforest. So different from living by the beach. The sunsets up in the mountains are spectacular.
I managed to convince my brood to do an 18.5km walk and was very impressed they all made it. It was a long trek for the smaller ones of our bunch. And for me too as I’d only run the Gold Coast 10km fun run a few days earlier.
We walked through lots of different microclimates on our adventure and crossed a riverbed five or six times. As the track was newly opened after being washed away, there were times when it was hard to determine where the track was which added a little excitement to the enterprise.
I’ve been coming to Binna Burra since I was six years old. This is a photo of my brother and me.
We have the same photo of us when we were kids aged six and eight, sitting on the same rock in the middle of the bush.
When we drove back down the mountain, I loved hearing my son say, ‘I’m going to come here every year of my life and bring my kids here too.’ Very satisfying as there was not one computer screen, iPod or other electronic gadget in his hand for the whole holiday.
So, that’s our annual St George family tradition. Would love to hear about one of your family traditions.