Yesterday, I hiked Wentworth Falls and the Valley of the Waters for the second time. It is pretty quickly becoming my favourite one day Blue Mountains hiking track.
This time through we started on the Charles Darwin Walk, down the falls, then down the Slack Stairs, through Valley of Wentworth Pass, up the Empress Falls along the Overcliff Walk and then back along Charles Darwin. Finally, we caught a train to Katoomba walked down to Echo Point at sunset and ended up having dinner at a Pub before getting back into Sydney just before 11pm. A very long but awesome day.
I have just finished reading Rick Smith & Bruce Lourie’s excellent book Slow Death By Rubber Duck – The secret danger of everyday things. I can now tell you I have a very different perspective on just how much human created and introduced chemicals are poisoning our lives. The book isn’t designed to be something that scares you into becoming a homeless hippy but instead a guide to how we can reduce the amount of dangerous chemicals in our lives and improve our lives as a result.
The book analyses chemicals in our toys, clothes, tools, and food and through a combination of history lessons and self experimentation shows the dangers in a lot of products that we wouldn’t even think for one second would be dangerous. In particular highlighting the risks of phthalates, teflon, PCB flame retardants, mercury, triclosan, and plastics including bisphenol A. In the end the conclusion is not to run for the hills but instead to look at what we are putting into our bodies and how can we can stop poisoning ourselves.
This book is a must read for anyone who wishes to improve their health, it isn’t overtly science heavy and is easy to read. At the end of the book there are some fantastic tips about what foods and plastics to avoid and other ways to eat better and live healthier. As a result of reading it I will be watching what I eat and by to try and reduce things the impact of things like mercury, phthalates and BPA in my body. Living more organically has never seemed so simple, or so important.
Yesterday nine friends and I “conquered the mountain“. We walked from Waterfall to Garie Beach via the Couranga Track then through to Otford via the The Coast Track then connecting onto The Cliff Track. All up it is about 20km and took us nine hours.