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25 June 2017
NUI DINH - "Nostalgia coming back..."
Hares: Secs, Paddy, Faulty Brakes
Hash Flash: Paddy
Today the sky is beaming hot with sun as we all gather at Hon Ru Ri before boarding the Hashmobile: 35 Hashers plus 2 waiting at Seaview apartments.
On the way to Nui Dinh, a group of mountain cycling teenagers took a break while waving to our Hashmobile and hoping to catch a ride, but our Hash must go on so we continue to Dinh Mountain where Paddy and a friend waiting at the start of the trail.
Co-Hare Secs started his chalk-talk by telling everyone that Hashers will follow the path to reach a certain temple, then you will see the red tape that lies on the left of the staircase to the temple. Follow it to the forest and coming out to the other side of the temple with has a “million dollar view”, then continue on to reach another uphill, then walk about 3 km to reach the familiar coffee shop near the lake, before coming out to the sealed road where the bus is waiting for the Down Down.
“On-On” we go the path to the temple, then Basil realise that he and some Hashers had been to this trail 2 years ago and haven’t been back here since, so the nostalgia is coming back.
We then coming out the forest as foretold and saw the “million dollar view”, with today sunny, we can see clearly for a long distance. Some Hashers took their time to get their perfect photo memories.
Then we continue the trail uphill and this time some Hashers had turned the wrong way, but SamSon and Stubble managed to call them back on the track.
With the trail always uphill, the Hashers were cheered up by local motor bikers urging them to “Hang on”.
We took time to catch our breath before continuing on the long trail; we also saw motor bikers had their motorbike broken down since they can’t handle continued uphill trail!
After about 30 minutes, we reach familiar part of the trail and continue onward to finally down the mountain and reach the coffee shop by the lake; now full with water after the rain.
Then coming to the sealed road, the final Hasher group had arrived to ice cold San Miguels to congratulate them for the long trail well done.
A surprise today is our Junior Hasher Astro Girl birthday and coincidentally, same as Mr T’s birthday, so a song is performed and our Hash Flash took the picture.
Then before the sun can’t provide us the light, we took our Team Photo and start the Circle with SamSon as today’s Ringmaster.
After the welcoming greetings, we bring in today’s Hares Paddy and Secs and our Birthday Girl is the one who will rate the trail. “It is very long, and hard and the jungle is dark and scary,” she give our Hares 7/10, but our Ringmaster add 2 more points for good weather, makes it 9/10 – well done, Hares!
We then bring in the Hash Virgins Shamiel and Igor from the Russia Village; they have heard about the Hash and were invited 3 years ago but didn’t get the chance, but now they happy with knowing lots of friends; Ms Quyen was introduced by Hasher “Boozer”. A Hash song is performed by Basil.
Bring in the Returnees: Mr Smiley and Ms “Tomy” absent because LAZY, Perro Caliente was in Singapore because of work and joining Singapore Hash with Suction Cup follow him with same excuses; Ms Thao and Mountain Shrimp with reasons because of work. Down Downs for them!
As Sinners, we bring in Basil because he finally wearing new shoes and throw away his tattered 4 years old shoes; Igor and Ms Thao for inappropriate shoe wear; Paddy, because he volunteered and didn’t mean to set a long hard trail to scare anyone; and Aqua because she want to stand in the Circle for the picture!
It is time to give a Hashtag for Bryce, with lots of ideas given such as: “Zidane”, “Kangaroo Jack” and “Mr Dundee”. Our chosen Hasher settled with “Zidane” so, “Here’s to Zidane, he’s true blue…”!
We then bring in our Special Announcement, Astro Girl and Astro Mom are invited into the Circle as it is their final week in Vung Tau and at the end of this month, the family is moving to Italy to live there. So we sad to say goodbye to the Astro Family, but in the Hash “We will see you again” next time.
And we announce for volunteers to set next week’s trail and Faulty Brakes had volunteered to set a trail on Dinh Mountain again, but different trail so check the website NEXT RUN box for more details through the week.
After that, we Hashers happy to go home and sing along on the bus with Russian, Vietnamese and Australian songs performed by everyone.
We’ll meet again on Sunday, as always, at Hon Ru Ri: 2 pm for 2.30 pm start.