SEPTEMBER 18 2022
SUỐI ĐÁ ROCKPOOL #2
Hares: Secs, Chippy, Mr. T, Have-A-Chat
Hash Flashers: Chippy, Chom Chom, Secs
Ringmaster: Chom Chom
Mr T and Chom Chom managed run registration this week, and more volunteers loaded the Hashmobile much faster than usual because food and drinks were to be provided by local vendors at Suối Đá rockpool #2 on Dinh Mountain (“Núi Dinh”).
We eventually reached our destination after circling to collect latecomers (please respect your fellow Hashers and always try to be on time). We also picked up some out-of-towners, but they were all on time and waiting as we arrived at the agreed pick-up spots.
It was a cloudy sky as we dismounted for run #1026, so we expected rain at some stage but were not too concerned as most were planning to swim anyway!
Secs gave the chalk talk and said the trail was a “relatively easy” 2.5 km mostly downhill (instead of the usual 5–7 km uphill!), and that we’d pass several water features, temples and the main pagoda still under construction, with a delicious meal afterwards!
So “on on” we went, and immediately started climbing upwards! But uncharitable thoughts about the Hares “having a joke” soon disappeared as the trail abruptly switched direction: down instead of up! Care was still needed though, as months of daily rainfall have rendered the jungle trails quite treacherous in parts.
But everyone arrived safely at rockpool #2, thanks to the ubiquitous red marker ribbons and a large painted sign: “Hồ 2 lên 80m” which had been thoughtfully posted on our facebook page by the Hares.
The happy sounds of junior Hashers having fun in the pool could soon be heard, while some adults swam and others crossed the ridge between upper and lower pools to take photos or start emptying several large buckets of beer, water and soft drinks that had been positioned poolside as soon as the FRBs began arriving.
Then the food was served, and long tables of Hashers were soon sharing large platters of grilled and boiled chicken and salad, and bowls of delicious rice soup!
Some Hashers enjoyed the pool so much they nearly missed eating altogether, and junior Hasher Sunny was resplendent in her union jack socks as a personal tribute to HM QEII (RIP).
After much eating, drinking, swimming and socialising, the call came to head back to the bus park for the group photo and Circle.
With awesome timing, the first rain of the day began as we posed for the group photo!
Many Hashers sought ‘dry land’ in the bus, but others took local shelter and were entertained by Double Two effortlessly achieving 10 pull ups before she dismounted from the shelter beams with a huge smile, just as the rain eased and duty Ringmaster Chom Chom called the Circle.
The trail was rated between 100 and 137(!), so “well done” and Down Downs for our ‘true blue’ Hares!
Eight Hash virgins and three returnees were introduced (including Hard Drive after an absence of 6 years and Sandal, who spent a much shorter and colder hiatus in Finland!). All were dutifully ‘blessed’ by Doyle as they quaffed their Down Downs.
The Circle then thanked The Office bar’s Bánh xèo and husband Stewart for contributing custom-built shelves for our storeroom at Nắng Vũng Tàu. (The Office is a VTH3 sponsor and favoured venue, popular for Monday quiz nights, Killer Pool on Wednesdays and Friday’s complimentary snacks: 25 Trương Công Định, Ward 1 – opposite the Hưng King statue.)
But that’s not all! Continuing “sponsor acknowledgement time”, Chom Chom pulled his surprise of the day by calling on random Hashers to draw registration numbers and select winners of “eco-green” hats donated by Saigon Chill – a very popular move indeed!
And then it was back to our new kennel where the assets were unloaded and some of the usual suspects continued socialising with “one more Saigon Chill for the road” for what turned out (for some) to be a very long road!
Sound like fun? It certainly was! Watch this space and our facebook page: @VungTauHHH for details of next week’s trail, and we’ll see you then!
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