Hey guys!  Remember when I used to update this blog with at least some frequency?  I remember that, too.  Yet real life seems to be taking all my time away from digital life these days.  I see it’s been five weeks or so since I last sloppily threw some photos up here and called it day.  Blog quality is not about to improve today, either.  Prepare for some not-so-new photos with minimal and hastily-dashed-off descriptions!

First few images are from a hike we took up to the top of Victoria Peak (the mountain that we live on the side of), and down the other side to a neighborhood called Pok Fu Lam.

From Victoria Peak, looking toward Pokfulam.

From Victoria Peak, looking toward Pokfulam. I think the island in the back might be Lamma, but I’m not sure!

There's a park at the top of the Peak,

There’s a park at the top of the Peak where this lion and his compatriots can look out, surveying their domain.  Juan was helping.

A view from the Peak back toward Victoria Harbor.

A view from the Peak back toward Victoria Harbor.

These next few pictures are from a different adventure: a hike in Sai Kung.  I’ve heard from a lot of people that the Sai Kung Peninsula is really beautiful.  A lot of the are (both land and water) is protected parkland.  We found a hike online, and, without much planning, headed out. We knew that Sai Kung is in the New Territories, but we didn’t understand that it’s actually kind of far away.  We spent two hours on MTR trains and buses to get to the trailhead, passing through the town of Sai Kung on our way.  This place is definitely worth another, proper visit, but this time, we only had a few hours of daylight left for hiking, so we had to abbreviate things a bit.

Have I told you before that one of the reasons the British were eager to lease the New Territories and Outlying Islands was their concern that there wasn’t enough fresh water on Hong Kong Island?  It’s true.  This is a view of one of many reservoirs in the district.

Have I told you before that one of the reasons the British were eager to lease the New Territories and Outlying Islands was their concern that there wasn’t enough fresh water on Hong Kong Island? It’s true. This is a view of one of many reservoirs in the district.

Same reservoir from a different angle (about an hours walk further along the trail).

Same reservoir from a different angle (about an hour’s walk further along the trail).

Another reservoir with mini island.

Another reservoir with mini island.

There are wild cows in Sai Kung.  Posted signs ask you to enjoy, but be careful of, the feral cattle.  They’re not really that wild, though.  They’ve all been tagged, and some were even wearing cowbells.  They are definitely not afraid of people, approaching us to see if we had any snacks.

There are wild cows in Sai Kung. Posted signs ask you to enjoy, but be careful of, the feral cattle. They’re not really that wild, though. They’ve all been tagged, and some were even wearing cowbells. They are definitely not afraid of people, approaching us to see if we had any snacks.

I hope we’ll get to explore Sai Kung some more some day!

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