Boston T-Party, 26-28 November 2010
Photos & comment courtesy Mary Nellist

A full report courtesy Jenny Rooks, Durban Ramblers Sunday Hike Co-ordinator, follows on from after the photos

Some photos of our lovely (HOT!) weekend at Boston T Party. On Saturday Keith took us up Inhlosane, then down to a waterfall below Rainbow Lakes, then back up and over the ridge down to Everglades for some refreshment. On Sunday we drove to Adamshurst where Rob from Durban Ramblers took us on a lovely walk around the farm.

BOSTON T PARTY WEEKEND - 26-28 NOVEMBER 2010 – By Jenny Rooks

Participants :- Keith (Sat hike leader) & Margaret Ashton, Rose Dix, Margret Kirsten, Jenny Rooks, Terry Higginson, Jon Stevens, Margie Forbes, Mark Nellist, Mary Clover, Max Ramseier, Roy & Rose Glen, Marie Gurr, Neville Walmsley, Kevin & Gail Knox-Davies, Ron & Christine Horley, Libby Deysel, Christie Exall, Cheryl Sol, Harry Holderness & Stella Wells.

Altogether there were 24 participants from of the Midlands Hiking Club and the Durban Ramblers Hiking Club this weekend at Boston T Party; either camping indoors in tents or outdoors, or in the 8-bedded dormitory plus 3 couples in double rooms. The weekend started off with a torrential downpour late on Friday afternoon, but it also provided a good opportunity for everyone to get to know each other as we all gathered on Sue and Rory’s veranda with our drinks, waiting for the storm to subside. All of us had opted for the catered meal on Friday night, so we continued with the convivial atmosphere over an excellent supper provided by Boston T Party in their candle-lit dining room. By the end of the evening we were all good friends.

On Saturday we drove a short distance to Mount Park Guest Farm, from where 23 of us climbed up to the beacon on Nhlosane to see the wonderful 360 degrees panoramic views, then after lunch we had quite a steep descent all the way down to the waterfall, which meant we had to come up all the way again, nearly to the top of Nhlosane before tackling another descent down to Everglades Hotel. The total distance was just less than 11 km, but according to Keith’s GPS we climbed over 750 m in total. It was a tough, challenging hike but extremely enjoyable in stunning scenery.

On Sunday morning, about 14 of us joined Rob King on a morning hike from Adamshurst, an indigenous nursery and restaurant, which is 20 minutes away from Boston. Although we avoided the infamous ‘Widow-maker’ hill on this hike, it was still quite challenging for those who were already fairly stiff from the previous day’s hike. It was a great hike to round off a lovely weekend, which was followed by a good lunch at the restaurant.

Thanks to Keith and Midlands for inviting Durban Ramblers to join in on their weekend. We all believe that the joint weekend was a resounding success and Durban Ramblers so enjoyed hiking with Midlands members. We hope that this is only the start of many more such joint weekends in the future. Keith is talking about another weekend at Boston T Party next year, and we are already looking forward to it.

Jenny Rooks
Durban Ramblers Sunday Hike Co-ordinator.