AUGUST 21 2022
BIG MOUNTAIN - NẮNG VŨNG TÀU INAUGURAL RUN!
Hares: Secs, Have-A-Chat, Chippy
Hash Flashers: Chippy, Have-A-Chat
More than 50 Hashers gathered for run 1022 at our new Hash Kennel: Nắng Vũng Tàu (“Sunny Vung Tau”) – immediately next door to Tommy’s. We'd like to express our thanks and appreciation to Tommy's Bar and Restaurant for their fantastic support over the last two and half years - especially to Rob, Randy and Tam.
Nắng Vũng Tàu’s business focus is “Hotel, Restaurant, Events”. As a Hash Kennel, it offers storage, secure parking, plenty of outdoor space and, most importantly, friendly and helpful owners at a great location in the shadow of Big Mountain, with easy access to the highway heading north.
The relationship got off to a good start on Sunday with a local run on Big Mountain purposely designed to give everyone time to “settle in” at our new Kennel – and the apres-run BBQ was a masterstroke: superb icing on the cake!
Mr T and Johnny collected our hard-earned(!) run fees, as usual, then it was time for an inaugural photo followed by the all-important Chalk Talk from Secs: “We’re going to the top of Big Mountain via Hem 105, Vi Ba, the golden Buddha and power lines, then over the waterfall trail to the Vi Ba coffee shops, down through the yellow Bodharama temple and left on Tran Phu, then left again onto Le Ngoc Han and back to Nắng VT: full circle!”
So “On on” we went – via a slippery moss-covered slope onto Vi Ba; a sharp left into the jungle just before the old M90 house; then red ribbons to the golden Buddha. We stopped for photos (of course!), and some local exploring, then followed the power lines directly uphill to the Ho May Park wall. The weather at this stage was excellent for Hashing: mostly cloudy, a little sunshine, and no rain in sight!
More photos (and selfies!) at the top, then across and down to the plateau leading us onto the waterfall trail. Finally exiting onto the upper section of Vi Ba, it was just a short stretch downhill to the coffee shops and a quick Nuoc Mia for some (and slower Nuoc Mia for others!); then down a bit further and through the Bodharama Temple (or the longer way via Hem 89 for some!) and follow the red tapes at sea level to complete the full circle back to Nắng VT.
There are many stories associated with Hash runs, and #1022 was no exception. The sheer tenacity displayed by one young mother who carried her 3yo daughter directly up the mountainside from golden Buddha to top of power lines while clambering over rocks but still smiling at the top was a truly magnificent effort!
Also worthy of mention is the wayward Hasher who somehow lost sight of more than 50 others as well as the ubiquitous red marker tapes and shouts of “On on”; he also turned ‘right’ instead of ‘left’ and made it to the fishing village on the other side of the mountain before taking his only other option: hailing a taxi back to Nắng VT! That was a real “A to A via Z” trail and worth a mention in any collection of “There we were…” stories!
Once back at our new kennel (whichever way you got there!), we enjoyed an expansive open area and the welcome aroma of bbq chicken and pork, courtesy of “Have-A-Chat & Rabbit: caterers to the upper class, inc.”! And plenty of ice cold Saigon Chill, soft drinks and/or water to wash it all down – Al fresco dining at its best!
‘Socialising’ was the name of the game until today’s master chef swapped metaphorical hats and became duty Ringmaster. As such, he called the Circle and today’s Hares: Secs, Chippy and his good self Have-A-Chat, were awarded full points (10/10) for the trail – well deserved indeed!
Then it was time for introductions from an impressive line-up of Hash Virgins, well-travelled Canadian Hasher Bootlicker (now ‘transplanted’ from Copenhagen H3), and returnees including VTH3 stalwart, Sparkles! Welcome one and all – or welcome back, as the case may be!
To close the Circle, Secs reminded everyone that 28 August run #1023 will be an “all dayer”, starting at 7.30 am for registration at Nắng VT to depart no later than 8 am for the second highest mountain in southern Viet Nam: Núi Chứa Chan, Đồng Nai. Most importantly, please book early to help ensure enough food, drink and Hashmobile seats for everyone!
And then of course, it was back to socialising – at least until the skies finally opened and called a halt to what had been a truly memorable day for VTH3’s inaugural run from Nắng VT!
RUN 1022 GALLERY
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