On this very warm Easter Sunday we still had 11 hikers who showed up, plus one more, Phillip, who joined us soon after we set out from Baan Doi Pui and stayed with us for most of the hike. It was nice to have 2 new hikers along.
Even at the higher elevation of the village we found the temperature quite warm, and were grateful for shade most of the way and a breeze at the top. We took a steeper path than usual to reach the lunch stop at the top, so needed time to recover and cool off there.
We continued on to the Buddha footprint and the loop trail past it which brought us back to the main trail. As anticipated, the view was shrouded in haze, and the ground covered with ash from recent burning. Though we had managed to escape the worst of the air pollution in the city, we had the acrid smell of burning and the trail dust to breath.
On returning Baan Doi Pui, the sight of the pool full of cool water and squealing children was such a great temptation to David, that he made a bee line for it and jumped right in with the kids. He said it was the best of decisions!
So in spite of the heat, the steep climb, the dust, and the burning, all the hikers said “it was a good hike”.
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