32 hikers and two dogs met up on this sunny and cool Sunday morning.
A dear friend showed up, our senior hiker, Brian. He barely had time to land in Thailand, before he went out for a hike!
From the starting point we wandered up on the same road as last Sunday. Today, the villagers were out and cleared the jungle from the road and filled up the potholes, from the last rainy season.
From the crest of the road, we hiked down to the next village. A quiet and tranquil village with mountain people. Just outside the village, we walked up to a pond, in fact a small lake.
At the western end of the lake we found our path, a trail that follows a creek upstream. Now it started to get a little awkward. Anders had warned about this, but according to some hikers, he had expressed himself a little too optimisticly on the website.
The path was narrow and snaking, climbing up and down along the ravine. We crossed the creek on a numerous occasions, resulting a number of wet shoes. But the group was in a good mood and took it with equanimity.
The reward came when the jungle opened up and we walked out into the wonderful valley with banana plantations. The group rested and puffed out. Pam took orders for the day’s lunch.
We were now halfway. The rest of the hike was a piece of cake. We walked up on a dirt road in a shady forest to the east. We eventually came out on the road which was our starting point. In good spirits we wandered down to the cars.
Along the way there were some beautiful flowers and a butterfly, worth stopping to look at.
At the Idol Café was our lunch awaiting for us.
A wonderful hike in varied environments. Distance covered was just over 8 km. and time was about 3 1/2 hrs. The only complaint was that Anders has to stop to being so optimistic when he describes the hike’s difficulty.
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