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26 April 2015
MINH DAM SECRET ZONE - "Celebrating Liberation Day - and welcome back OXO & Oopso!"
Everyone gathered at the SB4 to hear today’s trail was at Minh Dam to celebrate 40 years Anniversary Liberation and Reunification (and a welcome back to popular former Hash Cash OXO and bub Oopso - ed).
The “Truck” load of Hash “Recruits” headed for Minh Dam Secret Zone. “Private” Basil reported to “Veteran” Gardener the layout of today’s trail to ensure “Veteran” Gardener will finish first and secure the “Rations” (Grilled Chicken from the Restaurant).
The bus then drops Basil at the Restaurant and he makes sure they receive his “Order” because we have nearly 40 Hash “Recruits” today. After that, the bus dropped everyone at the start point.
“Private” Basil begins his Chalk-Talk and warns the newcomers about the Red and Yellow Tape. We start our “Marching” toward the Trail with a big shout: “On, On”
With blessing from the cloud, the weather isn’t hot and with shade cover by big trees and leaves, Hashers were glad there was more cover than last week.
“Veteran” Gardener led the first “Troop”, while “Recruit” Tiny Tim led the second “Troop” with big marching song: “On On”.
We arrive at the first pagoda “look-out” with views to Long Hai; Hashers have discovered the trail that led from Minh Dam to Long Hai set by Hares Samson and Basil.
Down the stairs we go, arriving at a better view of Long Hai; unfortunately, it was marked with yellow tape! Sad that we can’t get a picture of it, we continue our march up to the second “look-out”.
Some of the ladies had quickly befriended each other and asked Kojak to help them take photos.
We walked up to the second “look-out” and, by this time, some newcomers felt like giving up - but quickly changed their minds when told it was only a few more steps to go!
Arriving at the final “look-out”, the ladies were captivated by its beautiful scenery and decided to take lots of photos for this trip. Hash Flash Hard Drive asked a couple to pose for the camera but then realised they weren’t with the Hash!
Finally, everyone made it back down the Mountain where Mother Teresa, Tiny Tim, Mountain Goat and Ice Water’s “rations” were being distributed among the “Recruits”.
We were lucky to find a TV crew having their meal at Minh Dam; everyone knew the name of the Movie Star who was there, but none of us knew which TV series they were filming today.
Hash veterans UXO and his wife OXO then arrived back with their baby son Oopso. They had been appreciating the trail and scenery, because the last time they visited Minh Dam was before Oopso was born!
Everyone was back at the Circle location, but the “Ration” that Basil promised "the troops" hasn’t turned up, because it would be delivered as soon as Basil phones the restaurant. When it finally arrives, everyone is overjoyed at the delicious taste - we quickly finish four grilled chickens and call the Circle before it gets dark.
Ronald Reagan was nominated Ringmaster. He thanked everyone then called Hare Basil to take the Down Down for himself and Co-Hare Samson who unfortunately couldn’t be with us because of work commitments. Anatoly was nominated to rate the trail on his fifth Hash.
With translation by “Snowden”, he said, “The Trail had excellent views, it was a new trail discovered by the Hares with shade and natural wind”. He also said the trail was “a great improvement in quality” and deserved 10/10!
VTH3 Virgin today, Ms Thanh, came down from Nha Trang Hash, but moved to Vung Tau because of work a week ago, so she looked for our Vung Tau Hash. Hash Virgin #2, Ms Duyen, is from Vung Tau and was introduced by Ms Nga.
No Sinners today, but RR became a sinner just for fun, and was joined by Monsieur’ Arry, Terminator, Snowden and Basil to make sure he wasn’t lonely!
As darkness approached, we thanked everyone and explained that the website should be checked for NEXT RUN update because internet is unreliable with the AAG cable ruptured and the usual “reminder” emails may not be possible.
STOP PRESS (Friday): We want to take the best opportunity to celebrate Mountain Goat's birthday on Sunday, but it's also the last day of the week-long public holiday for the Hung Kings and Liberation Day, so some Hashers will still be away and the roads are expected to be very busy. An away trail has been set at Nui Dinh, but will probably be used the following Sunday (10 May) and we'll use a local trail this week, on Mountain Goat's favourite mountain: Nui Lon ("Big Mountain"). Watch the NEXT RUN box on our home page for confirmation.
We will meet on Sunday at 2 pm for 2.30 pm start, as usual, at Sao Bien 4 Restaurant – please see map on our home page if unsure of the way in.
And please keep an eye on the weather so you don’t get caught without sun protection and water - the rain must be getting closer, but it's still very hot out there!
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Hares: SamSon, Basil
Hash Flash: Hard Drive, Tiny Tim, Anatoly. Additional photos: Kojak