We went on two half day trips to Paradise and Skippers Canyon with Fran as our guide. She is a true LOTR geek and showed us the filming sites for both LOTR and the Hobbit around Paradise and even shared some stories about meeting some of the cast and crew. The weather wasn't in our favour during the Paradise tour but the rain brought out the Middle Earth effect...you don't need an active imagination to start seeing elves and orcs, and walking trees in the forest. The highlight for us though was Skippers Canyon. It snowed during the night so the mountains had fresh snow and when we were up in the Canyon there was snowfall! Coming from a tropical country, this was just added bonus. Fran was also very patient with us and stopped the 4WD whenever we wanted to take shots and we didn't feel rushed. The pancakes and hot cocoa for elevenses were also very good, just what we needed for the two cold mornings. Highly recommended!
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