Friday, May 2, 2014

Finding Froddo...

Although the British claim J.R.R. Tolkien as there own, he was actually born in Bloemfontain, South Africa.  He moved to England in his youth.  This jungle/forrest, of which he roamed as a boy, is said to be the inspiration for some of the settings in his LORD Of THE RINGS series.  Especially the talking trees segments.  
For Paul's 63rd birthday celebration we met with Elder and Sister Boyce to hike through the Hogsback.  No picture can do this countryside justice.  It is amazing.

At the trailhead, someone built this ledge and placed a bathtub on it.  You can actually fill it with hot water and enjoy a soak in the tub while looking out.  Elder and Sister Boyce did not bite.  If you are afraid of heights…this is not the place for you to bathe! 

 Can't you just imagine Elves and Dwarves and Frodo and Sam and wizards!

Could this be his inspiration for the talking tree?   It is actually called "Big Tree".  And, yes it is VERY big.  See stats on the sign below.

 After hiking for two and one half hours we came to "Madonna and Child Falls"  We literally stood in amazement.  The rock formation on the right hand side forms the Madonna with a child balanced on her shoulder.
We didn't find Frodo, but we did enjoy some sights never to be forgotten.  

The streamlet flower and sod bespeak the works of God;
And all combine, and all combine,
With most transporting grace, His handiwork to trace,
Thru nature's smiling face, in art divine.


  1. Happy birthday big brother! You are having an amazing amount of fun over there! Yeah, yeah, I know you are working hard too, but really, you guys are having such great adventures! You should have also seen lions and tigers and bears in that forest!! Can't wait to join you!! Love you both - you look happy, fit and healthy.

  2. If I come to South Africa, I want to go on this hike! You guys are awesome.