Ever since my first trail mishap a couple of years ago (when I managed to get lost close to home on a bad air pollution day…), my hiking track record has been pretty good, touch wood. Feeling confident about my abilities, I have attempted several short unofficial trails in familiar territory (plus much longer official trails in less familiar territory), as if you know the area and have hiked it a good number of times, you can’t really go too wrong when exploring the slight unknown for the first time. Or so I thought, lol.
So, last Thursday, whilst out on the Lo Fu Tau Country Trail some ways down from the peak, I passed by the start of a seemingly simple and straightforward side trail that would appear to lead down to the Discovery Bay reservoir, which was in plain sight directly ahead and close by. I had passed this offshoot numerous times before, but had never thought to investigate it until that moment. I figured I had ample time, it would be neat to try at least once, so why not give it a go?
The trail started off normally enough. The grass was cut back, making the dirt path easily visible as it meandered down the hill. After a bit, I passed a lone hillside grave facing out to the green pastures of the DB golf course (nice permanent ‘retirement’ view!). I paid my respects like I usually do when I come across such a grave, then continued on, only to soon find myself at a small stream. No more dirt path in sight. Huh?
Well, that’s odd, I thought to myself, so I decided to follow the stream into the undergrowth just to be sure, and lo and behold, I spotted a faded trail ribbon hanging from a tree branch. Aha, I thought, this must be like one of those adventure trails (albeit an old one), but a trail nonetheless! Encouraged by my ribbon discovery, I soldiered on through the undergrowth, which admittedly got pretty darn jungly in parts, but the faded ribbons kept me going.