Eleven hikers opted for the “easy” hike, but were probably deceived as it was not all that easy. We car pooled out to Wat Pa Thammachat and started on the trail about 9am. The leader had forgotten there were many rather tricky climbs, and we found the trail quite overgrown in many places. Twice we deviated from the right trail, but still soon found our way back on to it. The climb down and back up at the smaller waterfall was the usual scramble. The group seemed to enjoy the challenge of climbing a trail-less, rocky hill, and then arriving at Mae Dteut waterfall by climbing in over big rocks. The greatest excitement though was the snake we found coiled resting on the trail. We almost didn’t see it, and might have stepped on it but for the good eyes of one hiker. And then we had to pass it again on the way back, and still found we didn’t see it at first. I hope to be able to get it identified, and if so will add that to this report. The big waterfall of Mae Dteut was an impressive sight, and we enjoyed our lunch break there, returning to the cars at 12:45.
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