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2019/11/30 – 12/01 _Report_Mae Khan camping weekend

Matt and Kesorn came resourcefully forward to organize this trip, after the planned camping weekend in Lumphun Province needed to be cancelled at short notice. The camp location was beside the Mae Khan river, just outside Ob Khan National Park. At this time this stretch of river is less than a couple of feet deep  in most places and the water is delightfully clear.

Sixteen hikers, including three dogs, drove most of the way from town in four cars, but only one of the cars was capable of getting over the last few km, so it ferried everyone’s  camping equipment and supplies over that final stretch, leaving the other three vehicles parked in a convenient spot.

Saturday afternoon was spent travelling and setting up the camp; Saturday evening was cooking, eating, talking, dancing by firelight. The centrepiece of the menu was roasted pig.

 


 

 

 

Emerging from our tents next morning we resuscitated the fire in order to heat water for coffee. The hike began shortly after 9am. We walked along – mostly through – the river into the National Park.

Unhappily, at the park headquarters our canine companions were denied further access, and had to return with their carers, leaving the rest of us to follow the trail over the gorge. Having hiked in this park just three weeks previously, we did not repeat the visit to our usual swimming-point, but found a delightful alternative spot.

After a period of relaxation and play, we hiked back downstream to our camp, where we ate a light lunch of leftovers and packed up our tents and equipment for the drive home. Everyone had played their part in this beautiful experience, but special thanks again to Matt and Kesorn for making it happen.

 

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