NOVEMBER 6 2022
LONG HAI MOUNTAINS
Hares: Secs, Chippy, Mr. T, Have-A-Chat
Hash Flashers: Chippy, Chom Chom, Have-A-Chat, Frenchy
Report: Chom Chom
Once again, Sunday comes. Whilst many are preparing to enjoy their traditional lunch of chicken, beef, lamb, pork or even a lentil roast in the comfort of home, others prefer the treat of a pork barbecue banh mi and a trekking adventure.
Oc Xanh at Nang Vung Tau was our usual registration point as Hashers started to arrive. Mr An, our Hashmobile driver was already waiting, enjoying a cup of freshly brewed coffee whilst waiting for the registration and loading of the bus chores to complete.
A prompt departure at 1.30pm meant an arrival time at Long Hai mountains about 2.15pm. Rumer’s had it, today was going to be quite a long one. Our Head Hare, Secs, soon confirmed this in his regular chalk talk - so the Saigon Chill was up to 6 km away. Actually, this wasn't the case as we started at our final Down-Down spot at the Ngọc Xương Eco-resort.
As we prepared for On On, a few of the group segmented to join Head Hash "Lite" Hare, Faulty Brakes, for the ever so slightly so-called easier option. I do wonder if it should be renamed "hangover hash".
So, off we went, in opposite directions. The trail started well with a decent path heading towards the Long Hai Mountain. We headed into the dense jungle and started the climb up the mountain. For a change, whilst it was long and at times rather tedious, it was a gentler climb of late and much more of the “family friendly hash” that we claim to offer. Up and up over steps and rocks, along clearly marked paths, until we arrived at the small pagoda at the mountain peak. At this stage Hashers were able to take a long-awaited break, have some refreshments, or even relax in the hammocks. Others explored the pagoda area and in particular the stunning view over the Long Hai and Minh Dam Mountains whilst of course taking many great photos.
Coming back down the mountain was, again, really not too bad. Of course, there were a couple of steeper, more slippery parts and together with navigating around and under the bamboo, the body got a good all-over workout. That’s what it’s all about! It was two or so kilometres before we reached the main mountain path where we continued our decline along the not so impressive power-lines trail and finally onto the steps to the main road. Before reaching the road, there was a beautiful waterfall and pool where some hashers took a quick dip and a shower. A very refreshing break to the almost completed trail.
The last part of the week's trail was navigating through the village maze. We walked along the main road for about half a kilometre before being greeted by Secs at the junction where we had to turn. For many it’s a familiar turn, right opposite the crazy multi-coloured bird house. From here, red ribbon spotting was the key! It was a case of knowing where you needed to be and knowing how close you were – if only it was a straight path. Left turn, karaoke here, right turn, karaoke there, numerous invitations to drink Saigon Green with the locals, all very distracting. Then there was the five star piggery, which in the current season was home to many dozens of piglets, all very intrigued by our presence. After countless turns, and with the help of Google Maps, we could see the Eco-resort ahead marking the end of another Sunday afternoon trail.
Our Hangover Hashers had already unloaded the treasures of super-cold soft drinks and the prized Saigon Chill from the bus and had made themselves comfortable by the lake. One by one, we all made it back without any difficulties. A few were rather late returning, deciding swimming by the waterfall would be much more fun than letting the others have some food!
The team photo was taken by Have-a-Chat prior to his always entertaining Circle in which we welcomed some virgins, some virgins and of course introduced the Hares, as if we didn’t know!
That was pretty much it for the Hashing adventure in Long Hai. We loaded up the bus once again and headed back to Nang Vung Tau, stopping only once for Reado so that he could consume yet more of that beer he claims not to like!
After bidding farewells to our lovely Hashers, many stayed on for an extended Down-Down-Down at the almost-open Mr. C’s Speakeasy Pub right next door to Nang Vung Tau. We’d like to give a big shout-out and thank you to Randy and Tam for providing us with so much of their absolutely fabulous, legendary, wood-fired pizza. We’d also like to apologise for reducing their range of beers!
See you again next Sunday when we do it all again.
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