Topic: "Walkin' in the Woods"(5)
Georgia Public Television was re-broadcasting "The Appalachians" the other evening, and Frodo happened to catch the opening segment for the first time. He learned that in any one acre of this wonderland, there is a greater variety of plant species than exists in all of Europe. That was all it took for the Hobbit to begin packing the motorcar for a weekend trip to Lake Lovey. Mick, the Wonder Dog, and Fiona voted in support of the Administration proposal.
There is very little which has not been said already about scarlet, magenta, and purple mountains majesties. Frodo will be happy if the trails are dry enough to support him without the sucking sound of shoe-removing pools of muck. It is trout season, so the woods should be full of unhunted critters fattening themselves on white acorns, of which this year has produced a banner crop. A safari or two into that habitat should provide the Canines of the Shire with sufficient activity to ensure their soft snoring all the way home on Sunday.
Another factoid secured from his viewing on GPTV explains one of the mysteries of Frodo's life. It seems that there are only two species of Tulip Poplar trees on all of the small, blue planet. Both species are found in two very dissimilar locations, one of which is the Appalachian region of North America. The other, strangely enough, is in the southeastern extremes of that land which we now know as China. Science teaches us that some 300,000,000 years ago, these two locations were adjoined as part of a much larger continental land mass. When they separated in something resembling continental drift, each portion carried Tulip Poplars with them.
Wow, that means that Frodo has been admiring the same trees that his friend Abe Wong walked amongst when in his homeland, and perhaps explains why Abe is so comfortable living near the Shire.
It might also explain Frodo's affinity for Moo Goo Gai Pan and a Tsing Tao.