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22 January 2017
SMALL MOUNTAIN - Mt Tao Phung to the Lighthouse
Hares: Flying Finn, Skipper
Hash Flash: Uncle
Overcast skies promised relatively cool hashing weather as we gathered at Hon Ru Ri, where “trainee Hash Cash" Vagabond managed registration in Basil’s temporary absence.
Hares Flying Finn and Skipper led from the front as we hiked across town to Phan Chu Trinh Hem 220 for the chalk-talk, then it was up the hem, around the corner and a sharp right onto a tiny path through the grass towards the familiar dense undergrowth on Mount Tao Phung (“Jesus Hill”).
The familiar cries of “On On” were heard as we made our way up the mountain and around the southern side towards the Lighthouse, as everyone did their best to keep the pack together.
The route varied slightly in the middle, where we scrambled up a slope onto the road – then another 300 metres flat road before we started climbing upwards again, eventually reaching the Lighthouse where many tourists were enjoying the views over Vung Tau City and Back Beach.
Then it was another hike back across Front Beach to Hon Ru Ri and the red eskies with cold drinks to wash down the snacks, and fruit donated by Hope Solo.
The sky began to darken after everyone had arrived back from the trail, so a returned Basil donned the chain of office over his “civvies” and called for the team photo, which was “invaded” by a friendly visitor (see below).
The Circle convened after the photo and FRB Terminator was nominated to rate the trail, with Russian-English translation by Blondie. “Very good trail, full marks!” (or words to that effect): 10/10!
Hash Virgins John (introduced by Vagabond) and Anthony (Ms Thuy) introduced themselves and were welcomed with the Vung Tau Hash song. Then returnees Dr Who and Blondie who said they’ve been travelling; and Uncle who said he was with them(!)
Only one sinner charged this week: Uncle gave some buttons to Skipper so he could keep his shirt fastened properly in the Circle!
Then Basil announced that the proposed joint run with Saigon and Pattaya Hashers won’t now go ahead as originally planned, so anyone who wants to join them on 19 March should keep an eye on the SH3 website for further information.
Basil also reminded everyone that he won’t be available on 29 January due family commitments for the Tet holiday, and Suction Cup has volunteered to help organize things on the day. Uncle volunteered to mark two local trails: Waterfall and M90, but also won’t be here on the 29th because of family commitments during Tet. So we need someone who knows the Waterfall and/or M90 trails to volunteer as Live Hare next Sunday.
STOP PRESS (Thursday 26 Jan): Uncle, Dr Who and Blondie have marked both trails on Big Mountain. Uncle won't be here on Sunday but Dr Who and Blondie, plus Perro Caliente who also knows the trails, will be the Hares. Trail will start with M90, and those who opt for the shorter distance can leave the mountain at the halfway mark, with others continuing on the Waterfall trail (another half-hour).
We’ll meet again next Sunday as usual at Hon Ru Ri, 2 pm for 2.30 pm start - in any weather!