A rather large group showed up at the arboretum including a group of 4 young people who decided not to go after learning the return time, so in the end we filled one song tao plus one car which carried 2 dogs also. We asked the driver to deliver and pick us up at the check point at 1pm. All in all we were 15, but unfortunately one member disappeared while we were at Ban Doi Pui. She was a Thai lady named Pu who was new to the group. She went in search of a toilet and no one knew where she had gone. We were very sorry to lose her, so if anyone knows her and can convey my apologies that would be much appreciated.
Our first part of the hike took us down a forest path to the village, one which had not been much used recently and was quite overgrown. Fortunately one member had his machete with him and helped clear the trail as we went. The the leader became a bit disoriented in the village and followed a devious path via the museum to the “waterfall garden”, the one we wanted in order to set out towards Doi Pui. It was only after we had reached the turn off from the road that we realized we were missing 4 members. A few phone calls and a rather long wait while one member went back to find them, brought the remaining 3 hikers minus Pu. We then carried on without mishap until we had reached the right hand turn-off and ascended the very steep part of the path headed for Doi Pui. At that point Ulf thought one of his dogs was lost and went off searching, while all the while the dog was up ahead with an eager, faster hiker. And so we had another long wait for the divided hikers to make phone contact and get reunited.
By then we knew we could not reach the check point by 1, so another phone call to the driver and the time was changed to 2.
We pressed on, reaching the “big picnic tables” about 12:30 where we enjoyed a quick lunch and then climbed to the summit of Doi Pui, went over the top, and made it to the check point about 2 min. late. On the way down the leader thought she saw a candy wrapper on the ground, but it flew away. A little later she was able to get a picture of this unusual butterfly. JANET.
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