The big spiders hike. More than a year (and over 30 other hiking excursions) later, that's how I still think of the south-eastern Lamma Island hike that my hiking companion and I went on back in July last year. Because we saw so many big spiders that afternoon that we stopped getting excited at the sight of time and we took to just pointing and generally walk by them without pausing to admire their very sight and size!
Something else I vividly remember was how difficult it was to climb up from sea level to just 136 meters above sea level. At the time, we chalked it down to the heat of the day -- what with the temperature rising to around 33 degrees Celsius. But later, we realized that it was because air pollution had played a part in our hiking difficulties and general discomfort.
Nonetheless, it's also true that we had a pleasant enough day out. After all, we did get some exercise, saw some interesting sights and got to cap off the day with a nice seafood dinner at the justly famous and popular Rainbow Restaurant before getting a complimentary ferry ride back to Hong Kong Island courtesy of that dining establishment! :b
Birds perched on a fish farming platform
in Picnic Bay (AKA Sok Kwu Wan)
View of the beach and pier at Mo Tat Wan
One of many bugs spotted on the hike -- in this case,
it's a bug intent on getting nectar out of a beautiful flower
See the colorful caterpillar -- not just
pretty flower -- in this photo? :b
A view of some of the better preserved structures
in Mo Tat Old Village
The village's old school house looks quite a bit
more abandoned -- and reclaimed by nature
What looks to be a Common Sailor butterfly at rest
One of many big spiders spotted that day
-- with this spotting being special because
the spider's sizable food is also in the picture! :b
To be continued!