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LONG HAI MOUNTAINS - Monkey pagoda to Minh Dam Secret Zone
Hares: SamSon, Shaky
Hash Flash: Cousin. Additional photos: Smiley, Radio Wave
Report info: Flying Finn. Editing: Uncle
We met at our favourite cafe/floating restaurant Hon Ru Ri (aka Sao Bien 4) for the trip out to the Long Hai Mountains. Everyone's watches must have been slow because all arrivals made it with just minutes to go before scheduled departure time!
Then it was "On On" to Monkey Pagoda in the Long Hai Mountains - a pleasant trip of about 30 minutes or so.
A short chalk-talk near the pagoda and then we started the climb up, up and still up - maybe 2,300 steps in total to the few houses near the peak! All of us were covered in sweat and quite winded, but we successfully reached the two massive boulders at the top which mark a formidable gateway across the peak for those brave enough to take the challenge (no room for claustrophobia between those two boulders!).
From here it was mostly downhill all the way and, 20 minutes or so later we spotted the Hashmobile with eskies full of ice-cold San Migs and softies. We were also joined by an extremely sociable group of youngsters in yellow t-shirts who wanted to get into our team photo for a "group selfie" (see photo gallery below).
After plenty of socialising and snacking on Mother Teresa's delicious food (again!), Ringmaster SamSon called the Circle.
Our regular scribe was absent this week, but our best memory was that Mother Teresa and Radio Wave rated the trail, there was one Hash Virgin, three returnees including Smiley, and lots of Circle shenanigans - a good time was had by all!
As far as next week's trail goes, we discovered last week that Perro Caliente is making his annual visit to Vung Tau and has volunteered to set a "mystery trail" on Big Mountain for next Sunday (10 April) - it's a "mystery trail" because he knows where it will be, but we don't!
If anyone else is interested in volunteering to help set a trail, either locally or within our "territory" of the northern beaches, Long Son Island, Nui Dinh and Minh Dam, please let us know by email to firstname.lastname@example.org or via the Contact VTH3 link on this website, or talk to Basil at registration any Sunday.
In the meantime, we’ll meet again on Sunday at 2 pm for 2.30 pm start, at Hon Ru Ri floating restaurant (aka Sao Bien 4) – about 30 metres east of the Ho May Park cable car complex on Tran Phu (see website home page for details).
This link to Radio Wave's 800x600 photos: https://yadi.sk/d/G4MhLtKUqna3q
This link to higher quality photos: https://yadi.sk/d/4pZg4lLuqnXxp
If anyone needs full quality photos, request from Radio Wave by emailing email@example.com
or via the Contact VTH3 page on this website..