When looking out at a distance, today's sights
were on the gray side
Closer to the path I was on and the ground though,
some patches of color could be seen
In another sign that spring has arrived, several critters
were spotted along today's Lantau Island hike
Shortly after a friend and I began hiking along the eastern section of the South Lantau Country Trail that ranks among my favorite Hong Kong hike routes earlier today, we caught sight of a small insect scurrying about on the ground. For me, its appearance -- along with those of a number of other critters, including different species of fluttery butterflies -- signaled that spring has arrived, as surely as today's temperatures reaching above 20 degrees Celsius at times.
Other sure signs of spring were the wild flowers that have bloomed, and add such nice color to the overall landscape. On today's hike, I spotted clumps of pretty purple, blue, yellow and white colored flowers. There have been occasions when I've not dared to look closely at certain flowers because there were too many bees sniffing around them but today, the bees weren't out in force at all.
Because of another friend's wedding and the Hong Kong International Film Festival coming up soon, today's hike will be the last hike I will have gone on for close to a month. So I really wanted to make sure I'd go on a good one -- and even with the day being on the gray side, I think I did, especially since my friend and I didn't end our hike in Nam Shan but, instead, continued trekking past there and down to Mui Wo along an old village path.
Although the South Lantau Country Trail is fairly level for the most part, it makes for a good workout because of its unpaved nature and length. Having burnt a good amount of energy and built up quite the appetite on the hike, my friend and I decided to treat ourselves to a slap up meal at the China Beach Club that I've read about but only went to for the first time today.
Suffice to say that the food there was satisfying enough that it looks like we've got another post-Mui Wo hike dining spot besides Wah Kee (one of my favorite seaside restaurants in Hong Kong) and Bahce (which is my favorite Turkish restaurant in the Big Lychee)! And while I didn't do so this time, next time I definitely intend to leave room for dessert -- in particular the restaurant's signature apple crumble! ;b