Even on the dreariest days, there’s always some blue.
The forecast was dismal but reality when we woke up this morning was blue and clear. So after breakfast I packed our gear and little M’s lunch and headed off for our morning hike.
I had in mind to do the usual Peak loop again, then I thought about all the tourists and decided I’d head east instead to Tai Tam Reservoir Park. From home, it was up Blue Pool, up Wong Nai Chung Gap and up to Parkview. And then down to the reservoir dam before a long climb up to Tai Fung Au and Mount Parker. Then down the same way to Tai Fung Au and down all the way to Quarry Bay via Mount Parker Road.
At Parkview I already was salivating at the thought of a nice outdoor brunch at The News Room Diner. That kept me going in spite of the nearly 9kg baby, 8kg stroller and about 3kg backpack. That’s more than 40 per cent of my bodyweight extra!
After about 2 hours and 15k and 970m total elevation gain later, we were sat under glorious weather with a hot mocha, sweet potato fries and a sandwich. After a breastfeed, Little M wolfed down her avocado and banana, all the while smiling at random passers-by. She’s just the sweetest little thing!
What a great start to the weekend!
The best part of my day: a wee hike with little M, enjoying the mountains together.
And a fitting reminder along the way…
I referred to the Psalm when I got home, and these verses spoke to me:
16 No king is saved by the size of his army;
no warrior escapes by his great strength.
17 A horse is a vain hope for deliverance;
despite all its great strength it cannot save.
18 But the eyes of the Lord are on those who fear him,
on those whose hope is in his unfailing love,
19 to deliver them from death
and keep them alive in famine.