FEBRUARY 19 2023
BIG MOUNTAIN TO STRAWBERRY BEACH
Hares: Chippy, Mr. T, Secs
Hash Flashers: Chippy, Have-A-Chat, Snapshot
Weather: Partly sunny, high cloud.
Hash Cash: 1 pm registration with Mr T & Johnny @ VTH3 Kennel: Nắng Vũng Tàu, 5 Lê Ngọc Hân, Ward 1.
Total Hashers: ~26
Destination: Strawberry Beach @83 Tran Phu.
Chalk Talk: Secs (edited): “Through the Thích Ca Phật Đài temple grounds, up to Ho May Park road, turn right and follow red ribbons along and into the jungle to the big cross, then steps down through church grounds to Tran Phu. Across the road to #83 and down to the beach.”
Trail: Use own or share transport to 83 Tran Phu then tourist carts to parking lot @610 Tran Phu. Into Thích Ca Phật Đài temple grounds, past Zen temple, reclining Buddha and tourist stalls, through local commune (noisy dogs), then up to Ho May Park road (eastern end of Tran Phu Hem 444). Go west towards Ward 5 fishing village (Sao Mai) for 1-2 km and enjoy shipyard views until red marker ribbons go into the trees on LH side and loop around to the big cross near eastern end of ‘Rowdy’s Ridge’ (for more details of ‘RR’ go to Trails Archive (vungtauhash.com) then scroll down to run #523, 13 May 2012). Descend ~860 steps to parish church with 32m-high ‘Mother Mary and child’ statue in extensive grounds @140A Tran Phu, then across road and down to beach via #83 Tran Phu steps.
Highlights: Snake watching on the trail; views to shipyard and beyond from Ho May Park Road; bay views and selfies at the big cross; socialising on the beach and watching Queenie (Vy’s corgi) search for bones and tunnel her way to Australia(!); kicking a football with local kids at the water’s edge. Happy days!
Down Down: Strawberry Beach @83 Tran Phu.
Refreshments: Saigon Chill, softies, water, banh mi, water melon, guava. Also yummy Japanese Mochi cakes courtesy visitors Non-Stop Cock and Cement Trader.
Trail rating: 10/10 (rounded up from 9.999*)
Hash Virgins: Ngo Huong (husband of Trang Pham and father of Alex & Mickey) – welcome 1!
Returnees: Chris – welcome 2!
Visitors: Non-Stop Cock and Cement Trader (both SH3) – welcome 3 and 4!
Temporary departures: Chom Chom, Faulty Brakes, Hot Lips. “Bon voyage 1, 2 and 3 – Hẹn gặp lại!”
Hash namings: From this run onwards, Phong will be known in Hash circles as ‘Snapshot’; Steve as ‘Adonis’.
Circle closed: Garbage bags filled, chairs stacked, eskies de-iced then own or shared transport to Nắng Vũng Tàu kennel to store assets, On On On! etc.
Next week: Watch this space and facebook page: @VungTauHHH for more details of next week’s “early start special” all-day trip to Mỹ Tho.
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