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LONG HAI - A very pleasant day in the countryside!
Hares: Flying Finn, Skipper
Hash Flash: Paddy
Weather forecast today is sunny, but it didn’t stop the many Hashers who wanted to come to this week’s new trail set by Hares Flying Finn and Skipper; we also had lots of Returnees and some Hash Virgins as we gathered at Hon Ru Ri.
We picked up Terminator’s family plus a returnee “Smokey” at Seaview Apartments, then we picked up another Returnee Bus Stop and finally our Hash Flash Paddy, waiting for us at Long Hai.
Our Hashmobile dropped us at Street 36, still a large road, so we carefully walk over the street then through the village to the mountain, and lots of locals wondering where all the 46 foreigners and locals coming from.
After we pass the big, empty road which under us is the gas pipe line, Hare Flying Finn started his chalk-talk: Just follow the red tape and arrows up the mountain and follow the trail where the Rangers had burned all the dried grass to prevent forest fires spreading. Then on to the bumpy road that even kids can dream of going(!), then through the forest, through the village and out to the open road where the bus will wait there.
“On-On” we go to the hot sunny day which Hope Solo prepare full armor sun block. Up the mountain hill where we see some Vietnamese warning signs, and we saw the reason: old abandoned rock mining area, which we only took some photos but didn’t go through.
We found the burned trail left by the forest rangers, and we followed the red tape to reach the bumpy road and that is an easy walk for the Junior Hashers.
Then we go through the forest which happily shaded us from the sun and let us take some more photos. Once we reach the village, they happily pointing out where the Hash Down Down is, and it is a magnificent open Down Down area.
We finish the trail with no pressure at all and we happily enjoy our Foodies’ Russian cuisine and Vietnamese tropical fruit. All washed down with our cold San Miguel beers and softies.
Then Basil start our group photos with lots of Hashers asking our Hash Flash Paddy to take photos with their phones!
Ringmaster Basil started the Circle with his greetings and congrats to every Hashers who complete this new trail, and he invited the Hares, Skipper and Flying Finn into the Circle. Then he nominated returnees Perro Caliente and Suction Cup to rate today trail.
“A fantastic run” with this new trail, FRBs Perro and Terminator enjoyed it, but the trail is short so he gives a 9.5/10.
We welcomed the Hash Virgins today, Ms Oanh was introduced to the Hash by her English teacher who isn’t here today, and Ms Oanh brought her new friend from Japan, Ms Minami and today she isn’t well with her throat, so she can’t speak loud but they all like the Hash very much; Ms Trang was introduced by her sister Ms Diep; and Tommy who arrived in Vung Tau for 5 days, also from Japan, was introduced by Basil. A Hash Virgin song is performed by Basil.
We then welcomed a lot of Returnee Hashers with many excuses: Perro Caliente and Suction Cup was with “his children in Singapore getting a school for him”; Big Mac “Return to Aussie”; Shaky is “1 month in Da Lat and 1 month in Australia”; Smokey “Absent for a whole year”; Chippy “Traveling from North to South”; D&G “got sick, working and relaxing”; Ms Diep, Geronimo, Bus Stop, Marat and Nehia are all “working”. We welcome them back, and they each got a beer, Down Down for them!
Sinners: as expected, Skipper with his sandals and his beer; and Mr Dan’s son Scott for trying the tube of shame and he liked it, so he got his wish with his water cup on the hand. Also a “thank you” special lens cup for Hash Flash Paddy.
Hashtags started with Flying Finn’s idea: Skipper likes his slippers so we shall re-name him “Slipper” which he agreed to change; Mr Kien, an English student which the Circle quickly gave the name UOK; and Ms Hien, mother of Junior Hasher Ben, which everyone give a lot suggestion but today little Ben isn’t with the Hash, he stayed home to watch TV so we name Ms Hien “HBO”.
We now bring today's Foodies: Mother Teresa, Stubble and D&G for the delicious Russian food and Hope Solo with her tropical fruits; our Hash Virgins from Japan and everyone else love both of them, so “Here’s to the Foodies…”!
And finally, news about the next trail: SamSon just give a call to Basil that he volunteer to help set the trail in Minh Dam. Anyone who wants to set another trail instead are welcome and we shall use that trail next time. So watch the NEXT RUN box in case of updates through the week.
We’ll meet again on Sunday, as always, at Hon Ru Ri: 2 pm for 2.30 pm start.