Sunday, April 15, 2007

mount bonnell !! knell on the knoll!!

Sitting unshaven, watching “Batman Beyond” or sometimes “Friends” was becoming my heartbeat when we just thought of going to a place called Mount Bonnell. Wat the hell..a tourist spot!! Though there was something within me which was telling me not to go but still I had nothing better to do. We fired some printouts for the route, just 9 miles away, 20 min drive!!

Ok..we got out of bed, in a second we were in car and on our way to one of the oldest and highest points in Austin. It has a lake which has been a tourist attraction for ages. There are houses next to the lake or infact in the middle of the lake and people do speed boating there. This was the quick piece of info which Google gave me. The funniest piece of info which I got is that there are 99 steps to the top..theres nothing funny in it..isnt it!! But its said that these steps have enchanting qualities and if a couple climbs them once they fall in love, if they climb them twice they get engaged and if they climb it thrice they are destined to get married…Is there any place like this in India. Our Bhartiya sanskriti wont even allow any such place to exist where u can fall in love and then dnt get engaged..or get engaged and then dnt get married…Hawji hawji aunties will gather all arnd u!

With the map in my hand I was sitting in the front trying to guide Uma but here we were…lost in the jungle. This was the hilly part of Austin and had pretty good vegetation. Nowhere to go, no one to ask. We set back to start from where we thought we faltered and god saved us. Though we were trying to return to some place, we again lost track and reached Mount Bonnell.

What an amazing beauty. A big big lake, with a big big bridge over it. Speed boats cruising, houses besides the lake. Infact there were some houses which were surrounded by lake water from all four sides, where were the foundations? Or were they boat houses kinda things standing on Bamboo sticks!! How do they bear the notorious thunderstorms of Austin…

There was nothing much to describe except few bike races which I saw on that highway! Or a gang of Harleys which I tried to capture but they were bloody so fast that I got only one blurred thing in the camera!!

Pictures have been uploaded at…

http://picasaweb.google.com/ashish.nainwal/MountBonnell

3 comments:

tanushree said...

well! i didnt hear any knell on this knoll...
n those funny 99 steps..cud b a palce to elope with ur luv jus 2 get married...but not economical at all!!!
rest... an engrossin write up>>

Vivek said...

hi dude great pics...

Terentia said...

Good words.