JULY 5 2020
LONG HAI - SNAKE MOUNTAIN
Hares: Mr. T, Secs, Chippy, Bull Ant
Hash Flashers: Chom Chom, Mr. T, Secs
The end of school exams and a promising break in the rain saw a very full(!) Hashmobile wend its way to Long Hai on Sunday for a trail on Snake Mountain.
Co-hare Chippy got us to the drop-off point for today’s A-B run, then co-hare Secs explained the route and emphasized the need to follow the red tape for both lookout/selfie points on the route.
After a long hike up a very steep, sealed road, we turned off into the forest and eventually found the first lookout point–which was transformed within minutes into a photo studio!
A short hike back to the main trail and across to the other side revealed the second photo opportunity, conveniently ‘signposted’ by the commune’s handyman.
Lots of whistles and “On On” cries later, everyone reluctantly stowed their cameras and headed down a long and rocky descent to ground level, shepherded by co-Hares Mr T and Secs.
Some FRBs made it to the Down Down spot before the rain finally arrived, but most of the pack were caught by mother nature and many colourful raincoats suddenly appeared!
It was a dripping wet procession of Hashers that eventually straggled into the sheltered area for dry clothes and the welcome food and cold drinks that awaited – courtesy of MMC, Aqua’s helpers and assorted volunteers, for whom we’re always very grateful!
The sky was turning darker by the minute so we quickly posed for the group photo marshalled by Hash Flash Chom Chom, and then duty Ringmaster Uncle called what quickly became a very rowdy Circle with background effects of ‘rain on a hot tin roof’, junior Hashers out-screaming each other (‘de rigeur’ for family Hashes worldwide), and Uncle’s whistle trying in vain to restore order!
The trail was rated 56 out of 10, helped along by some innovative point-scoring–many thanks to the hardworking Hares Secs, Mr T, Chippy and Dennis!
More than a dozen Hash Virgins were welcomed with the VTH3 song (too many to name here – but welcome everyone, we hope you enjoyed the day and hope to see you again!). Returnees were welcomed back, and visiting Hasher Polka Dotski spruiked Hanoi H3’s forthcoming weekender at Ninh Binh with an open invitation to everyone (registration details on our fb page).
Then we had namings for Rio: Ninja Boy > Spiderman (or was it Spiderboy?); Anna: Julia > Unicorn; Anna’s mum Tina: Golden Mermaid (a nod to her sister, Golden Fish); Dennis: Bull Ant (immortalizing his first Hare-set!); and LiLi: Lily (the flower). And somewhere in all the chaos were the dulcet sounds (NOT!) of 60+ Hashers singing “Happy Birthday” to Claire–her 21st, of course!
The Circle finally closed with a reminder for everyone to emphasise sturdy footwear when inviting friends–particularly juniors–as most of our trails involve clambering over at least a few very hard rocks!
Next week’s run details will be announced when known–and please don’t forget to register online to help MMC manage the logistics.
Explainer – Hashing in Vung Tau: VTH3 relocated to a new Hash kennel at Lily’s Baradise (formerly Tommy’s), in February 2020. At the same time, a Hasher who had been banned for anti-social behaviour convened an invalid AGM (with no authority to convene anything!); that meeting elected a ‘new’ committee by falsely claiming the incumbent MMC had been voted out–which was purely wishful thinking on their part. Predictably, they still haven’t developed their own identity–preferring instead to ‘copy and paste’ our VTH3 branding and history, when all they would need to start a valid alternate Hash is to think of a (different) name and launch it!
*Hint: there’s no legal requirement to register names, logos, trademarks, etc for clubs or hobby groups–you need only perform due diligence to ensure the branding you’d like to use is not already in use by someone else (as ours has been since 1992!).
Meanwhile, the real VTH3’s storied history continues on this site and social media, and we also communicate via our official mailing list–to which all friends of VTH3 are welcome:
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Footnote: We continue to reassess our activities every week to ensure compliance with the VN government’s latest Covid-19 edicts and advice; we wish all friends and fellow residents of Vung Tau an infection-free journey through these still uncertain times–please stay aware, avoid complacency and, above all: be safe!
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