Robert Frost's poem "The Road Not Taken" ....
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I-
I took the one less travelled by,
And that has made all the difference.
I first came across this poem when I was around 8 years old, and I've since lived such a life - taking roads less travelled, and loving every moment of it.
And that's exactly the way I approached the last part of my Blue Mountains journey. After lunch in Katoomba, while my legs are sore, there's more to see. And here are photos from the rest of that trip, down in Evans Lookout, Grose Valley Lookout and coming back to Sydney by the Bell Lines of Road.
And as usual, the photos will do that talking, and you can click on the photos to get the actual sized image.
So, what better way to celebrate the coming of spring with a fresh apple from an apple orchard? Here's me having a Pink Lady apple with an apple orchard in the background. It's really crunchy, delicious, and was kinda cheap. I got a bag of 20 apples for 5 dollars. And then a litre of apple juice from $3.50 ... not too bad.
The rest of the way was interesting, passing through the quintessential Aussie country side settings - large farms with horses and cattle, orchards of various sizes and shapes, small towns in the middle of nowhere.
As an outsider, I see more of the Australia the tourism people want me to see - the glamourous Sydney, the expensive places, the neon signs or the magnificent views. But often, the soul of a place, the very heartbeat that made it unique, is not in the touristy places.
I won't be able to describe it over a few posts or blogs. My command of the English language won't sufficiently allow for it. Maybe there isn't a way to describe it.
Australia is absolutely beautiful as a country, with great ocean views, mountains and other natural treasures. However, what defines it as such a great nation is not simply the natural treasures. It's the way the people love the great outdoors and choose to have a lifestyle that promotes and preserves the outdoors and the environment. It's them making a choice to love, preserve and enjoy nature.