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MINH DAM SECRET ZONE - Down (up, down)!
Hares: Motor, Diamonds
Hash Flash: Ms Ngan. Team and additional photos: Radio Wave
It was another bright, sunny day as we gathered at Hon Ru Ri for the trip to Minh Dam Secret Zone.
A chalk talk on arrival from hare Motor, who introduced co-hare and medic Diamonds, and On On! we went downhill. A short time later we turned off-road into the jungle and continued to head downhill past some old wartime caves and tunnels.
Suddenly, we were at the Down Down spot, with the Hashmobile arriving at the same time. Duration of trail: just 19 minutes – surely a record!
Radio Wave saved the day by quickly suggesting a return uphill on the same trail in reverse, then back down the road; so off we went again, to add some “respectability” to the day and justify our free beer!
Everyone eventually returned after exploring various parts of the hinterland, and got stuck into the coldies, snacks and socialising. Suitably rested and lubricated, we posed for a team photo with our new banner (courtesy generous sponsor San Miguel), then duty Ringmaster SamSon called the hares into the Circle and invited Viktor to rate the trail(!). He generously awarded full points to the revamped/extended trail for its “interest value”: 10/10!
Only one Hash Virgin this week, so we welcomed Ms Bo, who introduced herself in Norwegian! Then returnees Motor and Dancing Lion. Radio Wave had supplied three innovative “Sinners cups” with a row of holes below the rim, so we needed three sinners to test them out. Lady D, Cousin and Shaky were nominated for sins real and imagined, and duly christened the new cups!
Three Hashtags were bestowed after much animated discussion by the Circle: Doctor Zhivago changed to Doctor Who ("Doc") for Aussie Alex, Laura became "Blondie" for his Russian partner Iuliia; then "Grozny II" (Ivan the Terrible II) for mild-mannered Viktor, who follows another popular, quiet Russian Hasher also named Viktor who was Ivan Grozny the first, but moved on a few years ago.
After the Circle, a game of "bursting the balloon", with junior Hasher Gia Linh and her Mum Ms Linh taking the prize.
Motor volunteered himself and Diamonds to set a trail on Long Son Island next week – so it's "redemption" time, and we look forward to the outcome!
STOP PRESS (Thursday): The proposed Long Son Island trail has been postponed because of logistical issues. Sunday's run has instead been set on Big Mountain (up and over!), with new Circle and Down Down location on the beach - bring swimming gear and a towel if you fancy a dip!
We'll meet at Hon Ru Ri on Sunday as usual: 2 pm for 2.30 pm start – in any weather!
and here's the link to Radio Wave's photos: https://yadi.sk/d/Fk3Q1qEbtc6DS