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May 19, 2024 HKUAAO Spring Hike At Orchard and Vista Trails in Rouge Valley, Scarborough

It was a nice warm sunny day, perfect for outdoor activities. We met at 2 pm at the main parking lot. Despite the long lineup to get into the parking lot, most of us manage to be on time. HLUAAO had a large turn out, almost 70 strong, with many younger, energetic alumni. Including the Tai Chi group under Mr. Tom Wong, we had close to 100 people ready to get started.

After waiting for the remaining few who were delayed by the traffic, we took a group picture with our HKUAAO banner and started the hiking on the Orchard trail at around 2:20 pm. The trail was relatively easy, according to the expert hikers. However the initial uphill and downhill did post some challenges to a few senior alumni. After the first part of the trail, the rest was mostly flat and easy. We went by the Rouge River, and the scene was very nice along the way. It took us about 1 ½ hours to complete the hike. Although a bit tired, we all enjoyed it and for those who had registered, we were looking forward to the dinner at Sam Woo Restaurant later on that day.

Dinner reception was at 5:30 pm. We had a total of eight tables, including over 50 alumni and about 30 from the Tai Chi group. At around 6 pm, dinner was served. We had a total of 10 dishes including soup, BBQ duck, and a variety including chicken, beef, fish and vegetable. Of course, the delicious meal would not be complete without dessert, fruit and wine! We all went home full stomach and well contented.
Thanks to Mr. Tom Wong for taking the lead and to the Tai Chi group, to our alumni for organizing and helping with the logistics of the hiking and dinner.

Reported by: Tim Cheng