18.03.2009 24 °C
As if we haven’t done enough walking in the past couple days, we booked a round of golf at the local club. Weather in this area starts out cool in the morning but by 1:00, it heats up. We decided it didn’t look like a very far distance to the course so we set out on foot….well, after walking about 1 ½ miles up and down hills and huffing and puffing, we finally found the course. Did I mention to you that Katoomba is built on nothing but inclines…some steeper than others. I am still looking for a flat street! We will have the best toned calves and quads when we get home.
A 10 hole round of golf costs pretty much the same as Canada. It is autumn here (especially in these hills) so some of the leaves are turning yellow although they have lots of coniferous trees of which I don’t know any names but damn, they are nice…some are cedars of tremendous heights, others have acorns…what’s that tree name. John and I rented a cart and Dean pulled his clubs (needed to tire the lad out somehow). It was great fun and we had many laughs. Dean hadn’t golfed in over a year so between he and I, John was laughing pretty much all of the time.
They also have some white parrot looking birds here which look quite pretty but shit, do they squawk…you thought crows and magpies were bad, well these things can sound as if some killed a cat. After awhile they become downright annoying. On our walk back to the hostel….yes, we walked back too….we saw some beautiful parrot birds which were red and green (and quiet). Got some nice pictures of those beautiful birds.
Just hanging out for the evening, go buy some groceries, make dinner and watch some TV or something, then tomorrow off to Sydney and take the night train to Melbourne tomorrow.
Well, didn’t buy groceries instead decided to buy Dominios Pizza. No cooking tonight! Stopped at the store for wine and beer to go with it. Did you know that in Australia you can buy “clean skins” which is the bottom of the barrel of wine which could be a regular $80 a bottle wine? It is just labelled as Chardonnay - white, rose, merlot or whatever and then the vineyards name but you will never know for sure that you are drinking! And the best part is that the cost of one of these bottles is $5.99 Australian! Had a bottle of rose tonight and have another bottle of white chardonnay to try. Tasted very good to me! Now, I’ll probably wake up with a wine headache!!