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2020/10/18_Report_Around QSBG

As soon as Queen Sirikit Botanical Garden opened its gates on Sunday, our fifteen hikers were at the ticket booth. It was a little chaotic, but we received a price reduction from the friendly staff, perhaps in recognition of our mixture of young and old, Thai and non-Thai.

We began our hike by slinking round the back of the administration block, from where we got on to the old concrete system of steps and causeways, leading us into the rainforest, and now richly carpeted with moss.

Photo by Champ

From this we graduated to stone-paved trails, a bit of wooden decking, some asphalt driveway, gravel-and-weed alley, and then an overgrown mud path that brought us to emerge on the main access road just below the Canopy Walks. Here we divided into two parties: some to descend the hill again and return via Banana Avenue through forest on the east side, and others to amble ahead and spend time among the glass-house exhibits.

The Banana Avenue group quickly got lost in the forest. The path that had been cleared for a trail-running event at the start of the year is by now hidden in many places by new growth and fallen bamboo. We missed the right way and spent nearly an extra hour dodging and hacking though bamboo clumps to get back on track. Excercising maturity and restraint, most of the hikers kept well together in this difficult phase and we did not lose anyone.

Highlight of the eastern forest track: a pair of tall vine-dressed trees embracing each other. Photo by Champ

Belatedly but triumphantly we re-emerged in civilization near the Canopy Walks.

By that stage, nobody was raring for the 3km southern road loop. We just met up with our exhibit-visiting friends near the fountains and began the homebound trek.

The leader did his best to get us lost again on the way down, but only managed a relatively brief diversion.

We regained the garden entrance in nice time, about four and a half hours after setting out. Instruments showed we had walked quite a bit less than 10km, but it felt like it had been a serious outing, especially for those who had been lost in the forest.

Everyone checked in for refreshment and fellowship at Between cafe, happily rounding off our trip.

Path paving block. Photo by Champ

Leadership and reporting by Michael. Photos by Champ and Janet.

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