Big Tree and The Return of the Baboon

Anna and the Giant Tree

In Storms River Village, South Africa, we were enticed by the siren song of a nearby landmark uncreatively titled Big Tree. All we had to do to see Big Tree was walk about 25 minutes to the trail head, pay a small amount of money, and continue down another short trail to Big Tree. How could we resist?

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Of course we turned left.

Once inside the park we were treated to a series of fascinating facts about Big Tree.

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Big Tree facts!

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More easily viewed Big Tree facts.

Although our trip to Big Tree was mostly a gag with the side benefit of being mild exercise, I have to admit we were impressed that this tree started growing in 1190 making it over 800 years old!

Just a short walk later we found Big Tree, and as you can see there was no false advertising.

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Yeah, Anna’s short, but still!

This tree may be impressive today, but right around the corner was a reminder that when its time is up, Big Tree fall hard, am I right?

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A Baboon Shall Lead Them

Actually about 22 baboons. Although we went on a beautiful coastline hike in the Garden Route National park before this, there is nothing much to report so here is a link to our photos:[AFG_gallery id=’28’]

The fun part started after our hike when we walked to a suspension bridge but were stopped about 200 yards in when we spotted a couple of baboons walking along the trail in front of us. Since we have had recent not-so-great experiences with baboons we were a bit apprehensive and followed at a very conservative distance.

That distance increased when we noticed that there weren’t just a couple of baboons but that a whole extended family of them were walking along the trail in front of us. After inelegantly stalking them for a while they seemed to become bored with us and just went about their monkey business (intended) while we snapped dozens of photos of them. It was a pretty spectacular experience and caused us to revise our opinion on baboons generally: like people, some of them are just jerks.

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Shhhhhhh! I think he sees us!

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Apparently, baboons know what it is to crack a moon.

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Even the baby knew we were following them.

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