Seventeen eager hikers showed up at the arboretum in spite of a sprinkle of rain, and we drove in convoy to the starting point in the village, where some of us had a coffee before starting out about 9:30. Fortunately we had no rain and the air was cool, but we managed to work up a sweat as we hiked down steeply and then up steeply on the way back to the village. At times there were lovely views toward the east, though we could only guess which direction we were looking without consulting the GPS.
Villagers were harvesting from a rich thicket of bamboo.
Only a few of the hikers saw this most unusual crawly creature, which was green on the underside. Wonder what it is!
It was around noon when we arrived back at the village, having completed the hike in about 2 1/2 hours. Since we only made a few brief stops to take a drink of water, this may be record time for this route. As we re-entered the village there were a row of pig pens, one with a mother sow and her newly born piglets.
A few of the hikers ate a picnic lunch at the coffee shop and some returned directly home, but most of us then drove down to our favorite restaurant at the temple parking lot. And while we ate our meal the skies opened up with a wonderful storm. Such perfect timing! And when we left it was all over. (We were sure those participating in the biking event were relieved.)
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