It must have been magic or trolls in the today’s hike. Twice we were forced to cancel due to heavy rain. Would we succeed this time? The outlook was not so good. During the week, there had been steady rain for several days. But the morning seemed to promise a day without rain. Knock on Wood.
19 hikers signed up at the meeting place. A lonely rider on his motorbike joined us at the starting point, a car park at a temple, guarded by two giant roosters.
08:15 we came away, 20 eager hikers who looked forward to a day in the mountains, and maybe get to meet with some elephants.
Sorry, we had a problem almost instantly. We followed a path along a cascading stream which would have a narrow bridge. Once there, we found that the rain had washed away the bridge. Perplexity occurred. What to do. Pam and some adventurers crossed the cascading stream. The rest of us more cautious, wandered up with Anders into a banana plantation. No one took noticed that one person was missing. Pam and Anders rushed around in the jungle to find the hiker. Belatedly, after 30 minutes he came to terms.
At last we were able to continue the hike. Up on a gently sloping ridge, we walked westward. The group reached after a steep climb a high plateau, where we rested. Lovely views down to Mae Rim. Later on the trail changed direction and continued northward downhill on the next ridge. After some ups and downs, we finally came to the elephant area. Many tracks used by the elephants and theirattendants. Because of the rain the elephant paths was quite slippery and muddy.
We wandered without mishaps down to the valley. At a small stream we took our lunch. Lunch neighbor was a young elephant who munched on the green of the jungle. We saw some more elephants on the way down to the village, a village bordering to the Mae Sai Elephant camp. We crossed a river, then walked a bit east of the main road, crossed the same river again, now on a rickety bamboo bridge.
We hiked up in the jungle, found the final ridge that took us east back to our starting point ,at time of 2:45.
At the parking lot the gang split up. The majority went home, the remaining visited local restaurateurs for refreshments.
Resume: An easygoing hike carried out on clear paths up on ridges with wonderful views. We saw elephants, buffalos and a lot of interesting insects. We passed also a nice mountain village.
The weather was perfect, cool and cloudy.
Hiking time 6 hours 30 minutes
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