APRIL 10 2022
Hares: Chippy, Secs, Have-A-Chat
Hash Flashers: Secs, Chom Chom, Have-A-Chat, Sang
Report: Chom Chom
Another dreaded Sunday arrived, so another Hash run was imminent. How hard was it going to be? Would the ice turn up in time? Would we get more than 5 Hashers? Would the banh mi lady remember? These, as always, are what a Sunday morning is all about.
As 1pm approached, our Hash Home was getting busy. Was it for the special on Imperial Blue Vodka and Whiskey? Was it to get a good seat in preparation for the evening’s entertainment with Art? Or was it just to use the free super-fast wifi at Tommy’s and catch up on a bit of Aussie sport? Seemingly, most seemed to be joining us for our trail on Small Mountain that our Hares Chippy, Secs and Have-a-Chat had set. Johnny/Jenny/Quynh, whatever her name is, took up the role of Reg + Cash Mistress and efficiently managed the registered Hashers.
In the background, the lovely, shiny Saigon Beer and Saigon Chill eskies were being filled with our usual great selection of soft drinks, together with Saigon Green Lager and our premium “cold-filtered” Saigon Chill.
The logistics team had sorted out the beer truck and a dieselectric golf cart to transport the essentials and the Hashers to our starting point at Beach Valley.
Once all the admin and logistics had been carried out and we had all safely arrived at Beach Valley, our lead-Hare, Secs, explained the trail ahead. The following paragraphs will describe the adventure ahead…
We crossed over the main Ha Long street, in a style similar to the classic game Frogger, as it was somewhat more busy than usual – it was some holiday (King Hungs Commemoration Day), so the entire populations of Binh Duong, Dong Nai and Ho Chi Minh City celebrate by choosing to be stuck in traffic for an two entire days, only to enjoy a coffee in Highlands, and some mediocre seafood in a packed-out restaurant in Vung Tau. Anyway, we survived, and the next challenge was up the Jesus steps. Luckily we only had to go a short way up, before making the crude climb over the wall towards the quarry.
The trail across the quarry was a delight, it was a beautiful bright sunny day, with glorious clear blue skies. Together with flowers in bloom, there were plenty of places to take in the views and capture some photo and selfie opportunities. We climbed up and down the rocky bits and continued around the mountain enjoying a slight breeze.
We headed into the forest and followed a path with a gentle incline that eventually would bring us up at the Jesus statue. One or two brief detours were included to view some old cannons that again provided some great photo opportunities and interest to many. At the top of the mountain, the Jesus statue, we took a break to recover, to have a drink, to enjoy the breeze and of course the great views across Vung Tau City. Before long it was On On again as the trail continued.
The next stage of the trail took us down from Jesus on to the mountain path leading up to the army base. We turned off into the forest and navigated around the army base, carefully following the red tape that had been so competently tied. At this stage things were getting a bit more challenging as the ground was so dry, it was getting harder to grip and this area wasn’t exactly a path. From here, we arrived at the Birds Nest Factory and were greeted by the sound of friendly dogs, barking and welcoming us. They followed us around the factory as we attempted to find a way back to Ha Long Street. This was a new path for us and one that proved quite an adventurous end to the main trail. Clinging onto the factory fence we found the steep path down, and it was steep with many choosing to simply slide down. With a few slippages and a few dusty bottoms we eventually hit “Angry Ladies House” and proceeded down the stairs along by the, now derelict, Uno Coffee.
The final stage was a pleasant walk down Ha Long, along the beach road back to our Down Down location at Beach Valley. On arrival the drinks, food, fruit and music was all ready to go and what a great location it is for a Down Down. We enjoyed the refreshments and snacks whilst watching the sunset, many Hashers enjoyed a swim in the sea, and once again took advantage of the countless photo opportunity spots.
The Hash photo was taken and this week we had the privilege of Uncle taking on the Circle Master role. He welcomed our virgins, returnees, sinners and hares with his selection of alternative “classic” Hash songs.
All in all, another great Sunday afternoon Hash run. See you all next Sunday. On On!
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