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2018/06/24_Report_Doi Pui summit and The Coffee Shop

After some rain during the night, we had clear weather for our hike. And so 15 hikers, 2 with dogs, met at the arboretum, and we then drove up to the starting point in 4 cars.

We were a really international group as well as representing the gamut of seasoned hikers and newbies, permanent residents and tourists. In fact this diverse group were some of the best (ei. most considerate) hikers known to Chiang Mai, waiting for and taking care of each other even though some were strong enough to run up and back on the trail while the leader lagged behind.

Within 1/2 hr. of starting out we were at the summit for a group photo. At Queen Sala we spread out checking ourselves for leeches, as we each had had several encounters.

 

Above cloud-fringed ridges. Photo by Janet

 

Coral-shaped fungus. Photo by Bob

As we picked our way down the mountain, we enjoyed the cool, breezy weather, and the beautiful views, but fleecy clouds kept us from seeing Doi Chiang Dao. As we neared the bottom of the trail, a hiker and his dog got ahead of the group and went astray, but had a GPS and so they found their way back and met us at the coffee shop where we lingered long over such good coffee! The “coffee lady” explained why there were a number of trees from above the coffee shop lying about as logs. On June 10th strong winds and rains had brought them down, along with the electric pole, which is why we had no electricity. The roof of the shop suffered a small bit of damage, and fear caused the coffee lady’s heart to shrink to the size of her finger tip. She was glad there were no visitors at the shop at the time, and we were glad that she was safe and had recovered her big heart.

The last 4 km. of the hike went as planned, including a comfort stop below the campground, where we posed for a photo on the railing.

Photo by Janet

When we got back to the cars, one hiker who had gone to the top but opted out of the main part of the hike was waiting for us and took several of the hikers to see a snake at the guard house above the barrier. On close inspection of this photo, It looks to me like a poisonous one. What do you think? [See comments on this post.]

Trimeresurus gumprechti? Photo by Jenny

Seven of us took advantage of the restaurant by the temple parking lot for lunch and further refreshment, a happy ending to a pleasant hike.

 

Hike leadership and report by Janet

 

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One Response

  1. Looks like a Pope’s Pit Viper, but may be a White Lipped Pit Viper.
    Very dangerous.

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