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2021/02/28_Report_Ban Pong upland farming loop

A surprising twenty hikers turned up at the starting point, including some newbees and returnees, and combined with two hikers waiting for us at the Temple this gave a grand total of twenty-two hikers and two canine volunteers for this new hike.

Keeping with tradition the hike leader missed an early turn, ably assisted by his co-leader, but this was quickly corrected. After a period two hikers decided to turn back and walk back to the temple, where we would meet them later. The rest of the group wound its way through a patchwork of cultivated fields, small encampments of farm workers and barking dogs, with some of the latter taking exception to the presence of the two canine volunteers, without any serious engagement. At the first mini stop there was much camera clicking at a rather large stick insect and the patchwork field views.

After that things went quiet as we made the not steep but longish climb up the road towards the highest point on the hike. Shortly afterwards we came upon the “Rose garden” a cultivated area of rose flowers, which caused considerably excitement among some hikers.

The owners of the field kindly give free rose bud flowers and a bunch of bananas to the hikers and the hike leader felt obliged to offer some unasked for compensation, which was gracefully accepted. The hike leader then made another short wrong turn, which happily ended in strawberry fields with one of the hikers buying a bucket of strawberries.

We had our lunch/snack break at the end of our road through the agricultural area, where our path turned down into the forest. During the exploratory trip two weeks ago the hike leader had taken the wrong turn half way down the forest trail but this time, conferring with his co-leader, we stayed on the right track, and completed the 15km loop hike in a good time of four hours and fifteen minutes. We picked up the other two hikers at the temple and retired for refreshments at one of the restaurants overlooking the Hillsborough Country hotel.

Hike leadership and reporting by SRR. Dependable backup by Tall Michael. Photos from Champ, Bussakorn and (the master of the stick-insect) Oliver.

2 Responses

  1. Nice to see Janet G. Looking so well. Miss the hikes.

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