The view westwards from midway up Jardine's Lookout
early on in today's hike
Minutes later, visibility had dramatically decreased!
Shortly before I left my apartment to meet the two friends with whom I went hiking today, I checked the Hong Kong Observatory's website's dedicated pages giving weather information for hiking and mountaineering and was happy to find that Hong Kong Island had the highest visibility levels of anywhere in Hong Kong at that point in time as today's planned hike would take us from Wong Nai Chung Gap to Quarry Bay via Jardine's Lookout and Siu Ma Shan.
Although I had toyed with going up nearby Violet Hill instead, the top of it looked more mist covered than Jardine's Lookout, so off along Section 2 of the Wilson Trail we went instead. But even while the top of Jardine's Lookout (which, strangely enough, is the same height above sea level as Violet Hill!) was clear of mist when we set off up that 433 meter high hill, that was no longer the case when we got to its summit!
Sadly, then, the wonderful views that can be had from it on a clear day (like when I took the photos in this blog entry) were no longer visible! Yet rather than feel down for much of our hike, my two friends and I reveled instead in how cool and brisk the weather had become (which was a nice change from yesterday's mugginess) and enjoyed how often the sound of the wind -- which also could be seen sending waves of mist on their way -- was louder than any made by humans!
At the same time, because the temperature was a good 10 degrees warmer at minimum than just a few weeks ago, we didn't feel like we were freezing even while we also could feel droplets of first mist, then light rain, hit us. And rather than let the not optimal hiking conditions dampen our spirits, we continued enjoying being out in the great outdoors that many people continue to not realize that Hong Kong possesses and also enjoyed having discussions on a range of topics as we trekked up and down along the trail.
About the biggest impact today's weather conditions had on me, actually, was that it got me pining for a steaming bowl of soup post-hike. So after getting back into the city, my party made our way to the Taikoo Shing branch of the glorified cha chaan teng-like Macau Restaurant, where I first consumed a wonderfully comforting rice noodle soup that had minced pork and tiny oysters as its toppings, then a heavenly crispy bun slathered with butter and condensed milk for dessert -- all of which made for a repast that made me one happy post-hiker indeed! ;b