A good turnout for this relatively easy and popular hike. In addition to those who came to the meeting point, one joined us at the Botanical Gardens waypoint, and two ‘butterflies’ joined us, briefly, from the Mon Jaem restaurant car park to the Doi Long viewpoint, giving us a total of 33 enthusiastic starters.
With one hike leader indisposed and another two away for the next few weeks, a pre-hike appeal was made for some long-term group members to step forward to help with weekday exploring and/or leading Sunday hikes over the coming weeks. Pam can’t do it all alone. Contact her with any offers of help.
The hike went according to plan, starting just after 08.30 and at quite a good talking pace on both ups and downs, so we returned to the car park by 11.30, a total hike time of under three hours for the approximately 8-km walk, including a 20-minute break at the viewpoints. Well done guys! Mr S was sent to explore a track parallel to the short ‘off road’ section, but found it petered out into fields and he had to find a guide (again) to rejoin the group.
Many cute (but painful) hairy caterpillars on this route. Ms E also attracted a venomous green pit viper and the only leech of the hike – congratulations! [Update: NOT the only leech of the hike! You may wish to check your undergarments carefully, soon!]
It was agreed that the Mon Jaem restaurant was too expensive so we drove to the camp-ground restaurant on the next hill, at the start of last year’s Bushwhackers Delight loop. However, it was closed so we ended up at a restaurant at the bottom of the hill, on the way back to the Botanical Garden, for cold beer and lunch.
Thanks to Chan and Janet for photos. Good luck to Janet and all for the Kilimanjaro trip; we’ll look forward to reading a trip report. See you all again up a hill somewhere in September! I’ll be following the group hikes vicariously (and enviously) via the website while I’m away in Flatland.
PS: there’s a request from a wanna-hike visitor in the comments section of the Sunday hike description. Can anyone help her out this week?
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