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140323_Trip report_Suthep Temple to palace and back

Doi Suthep was barely visible today, but 14 of us drove up to the temple parking lot in faith that we would find the mountain was still there. We completed the hike exactly as planned in 3 1/2 hours, all in good humor and stayed together as a group throughout. What a wonderful group!
One of our first stops was at a long roadside bench.

On the long bench. Hikers look at the sky. What do they see? photo by Chan

On the long bench.
Hikers look at the sky.
What do they see?
photo by Chan

Trees were in bloom with irresistibly beautiful pink flowers.

Under the tree photo by chan

Under the tree
photo by chan

We continued straight up to the palace area, coming out right at the “view point” where we had hoped to have a snack break. That we had no view from Black Cliff came as no surprise. In fact we felt something like rain there, but decided it must be drops of fog condensing.

Near the palace  Fun in the fog Photo by Chan

Near the palace
Fun in the fog
Photo by Chan

With the small excuse of a few drops of fog, we then stopped at a restaurant where some hikers enjoyed a first or second breakfast. Not completely satisfied with what we had been served, we then headed out for the temple where we could have a second meal. We started back on a variant route, down the road and then up to the palace fence and down on a track which has been greatly disrupted by bulldozing. After some tricky footing we were back to the road, crossed it, and continued down to the biker’s trail to the forestry encampment where we posed for a picture.

Group at the forestry encampment photo by chan

Group at the forestry encampment
photo by chan

From here we fairly galloped on down to the temple parking lot with a good restaurant where we relaxed.
Well there were no complaints that anyone was tired out by our hike, which we estimate was about 8 km.

Relaxing at the restaurant

Relaxing at the restaurant

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