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18/01/07_Report_Sakura preview loop hike

How nice it was for the leader to find a small group of 6 familiar faces, waiting at the Arboretum! A fellow hiker had come alongside the leader to help, so all was under control as we drove up to Wang Bua Ban. We crossed the road and leader # 1 led the group up all the way to Ban Khun Chang Khian, with many short breaks to quench our thirst or ponder whether we were on the right trail.

Parts of it seemed very unfamiliar, longer, more convoluted and steeper than remembered. One hiker had problems with her boots and had to return on her own, taking with her our the only GPS. We had a number of water crossings, all done safely and gracefully, and then some bridges which required balancing acts, again done gracefully.

At length we came out into the lychee orchard and the gardens of strawberries, Cape gooseberries, and various vegetables, and made our way through this area and up to the 5-way junction. Without taking a break, we then continued up to Ban Khun Chang Khian where we enjoyed a delicious meal at Beautiful View coffee shop, which now has an additional dining area.

The misty clouds were moving across the mountains, coming closer, and yet the sun shone brightly and the air was cool. Perfect weather! We had covered 9.8 km. and were revitalized by the rest and delicious food. In all the excitement we forgot to go look at the Sakura, though leader #2 did notice a tree in early bloom.

After a little discussion, we let leader #2 lead us back down on a more direct route to Wang Bua Ban. You will notice that we did not go to Wat Suthep area at all, so the hike plan had a major change at this point. This was allowable since both leaders were women, and it is the woman’s prerogative to change her mind. (Persons of other genders need that prerogative too! – Ed.) And so we walked out of the village via the Nehru school, stopping briefly to enjoy the view up towards Doi Pui, and then descended on a wide, ever downward and generally direct path to Wang Bua Ban. Since we had earlier spoken of our love of ice cream and were still enjoying each other’s company, before parting we stopped at the ice cream shop across from the Arboretum.

Total distance covered: 16.6 km., elevation gain: 977 meters, time elapsed, including breaks and lunch: 7 1/2 hours.

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