Thursday, January 08, 2009

Bike Ride to TaiMeiTuk

We went on our end-of-term bike ride to TaiMeiTuk (and back) earlier today. It was about 20 kilometers from Shartin to TaiMeiTuk, and it took us about 1.5 hours each way. We arrived at the foot of PatSinLeng (Mountain of the Eight Celestials) about noon, and it was majestic. Unfortunately, it also reminded me of the tragic hill fire years ago. The mountain looked so peaceful, it was hard to imagine that several lives were lost, and others suffered terribly up there.

It was surprisingly quiet at the big dam of the Plover Cove Reservoir. Perhaps it was because it was a week day, and we arrived relatively early. We were able to just sit, absorb the sunlight in the cool air, and enjoy the serenity.

A kite (a real one) was circulating above our heads. I wish I can do that too.

A cat was looking at its shadow on the rocks. What was it thinking about? Cats look thoughtful when they just look at you without making a sound. Dogs, on the other hand, look silly when they are overly eager to please. Perhaps we humans are like that too.

At the foot of the big dam on the seaward side, I found some tiny mangroves growing right out of the seawater, between the rocks. These things are tenacious. Given a chance, they will grow like crazy. I hope they will be given the chance, and the next time I get there, there will be something new to enjoy.

The sun was gradually setting lower, making a beautiful picture with the silhouettes of the idling boats on the water. Many more people were arriving, setting up for barbecue, and making much noise. It was a good time to retreat.


Chris said...

cat is very cute. =)

StephenC said...

Yeah. It groomed itself for quite a while. And then it stared at its own shadow for just a second.

And in the next second, it was gone. As if it was never there. Cats are mysterious.

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