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SMALL MOUNTAIN - "Small steps to begin a big 25th year!"
Hares: Suction Cup, Perro Caliente
Hash Flash: Mr Kim, Sidknee
Team & Circle photos: Flying Finn, Ice Water, Chippy & friends
HAPPY NEW YEAR 2017 and HAPPY 25th YEAR VTH3 are today’s Hash dates, and the Hon Ru Ri café was crowded with customers but we still managed to gather 23 Hashers, including Ms Loan who arrived just as we were leaving!
We all walked to Mr Ket coffee shop and realised that Front Beach is also crowded with holidaymakers! Then we walked up the hill past Mr Ket and followed the cement road until we reached the dirt track.
We walked a bit and then stopped at the trail that goes up the lighthouse. Many remember the last time it was difficult going down, but not when going up.
When we reach the safe area, we need to navigate through some thorny bamboo to finally reach the lighthouse – which was also crowded with visitors!
We went down the path to the bunker while avoiding vehicles. We followed the trail that was hidden by the trees, leading down through an open track until we reach a familiar cement road. Ice Water roughly remembered this area from an old trail, but now many things have changed.
We walked along the road and saw the marker that led to the ruins, so we went down the steps and into another thick forest area, then finally reached the steps to the former Worldwide Arms Museum (now on Tran Hung Dao street).
Then we walked back to Hon Ru Ri for the Circle and Down Downs, with seasonally decorated cartons of San Miguel to brighten the occasion!
When everyone had arrived, we took the team photo and Basil started the Circle.
A welcome message plus “Happy New Year”, then Basil reminded everyone that today’s trail is a bit of nostalgia for veteran Hashers and especially Ice Water, who remembers part of it that she set with Rowdy Water three years ago. So Basil invited Ice Water to join today’s Hares in the Circle and asked Visitors Dogass and Tomoko to rate the trail since it is their last time in Viet Nam.
There were mixed feelings about the trail, with the junior Hashers awarding 7/10, and others who wanted to give it more than 10/10. Ringmaster Basil decided that today is 2017, so we award the trail 17/10!
With no Hash Virgins today, we moved on to Returnees, with Yu Bok and Astro Boy in the Circle. Astro Boy’s excuses are “school exams” and “playing soccer”: Down Down for him!
For Sinners, we had lots of nominees with many reasons, but the Ringmaster revealed that he wanted people to have plenty of drinks since it is New Year – so for anyone who isn’t in the Circle, it is their loss!
We called for volunteers to set next week’s trail and Basil said he can help but, if it’s an away trail, then someone will need to drive him. He also reminded everyone that Lunar New Year (“Tet”) holiday will be coming soon and it will be difficult to hire buses over that period, so best if we can do some away trails now while we can still get a bus!
Ice Water volunteered to set an away trail, and Mr Kim will drive her. The trail will be on Long Son Island and might be an oyster farm – but will be confirmed later this week so make sure to check the NEXT RUN box for updates.
We’ll meet at Hon Ru Ri next Sunday, as usual, 2 pm for 2.30 pm start.