24 SEPTEMBER 2023
NUI DINH MOUNTAIN - DI DA SONG PAGODA TRAIL
Hares: Bull Ant, Secs, Chippy
Hash Flashers: Chippy, Chom Chom
Ring Master: Chom Chom
Weather: Cool, overcast, storm later.
Hash Cash: 1 pm run fees, Mr T & Johnny @ Nắng Vũng Tàu, 5 Lê Ngọc Hân, Ward 1.
Total Hashers: 21
Chalk talk: Secs (edited): “Circular trail down Nui Dinh road 1 km from swimming pool café, then right into jungle and follow red tapes up and around to interesting temple and lookout rocks then cobbled track out of jungle and down Nui Dinh road to start point for Down Down. Total about 5 km.”
Trail: Hash Lighters walked up the 8% gradient Nui Dinh road to today’s start/finish point the Bồng Lai Quán swimming pool café. Main group walked downhill from the café then turned right into the jungle and followed a mostly level path through the undergrowth until we crossed a small stream and subsequently changed to a steep upward trajectory littered with big, slippery rocks!
But even the most difficult trails must end sometime (Hash rule #1), and after several short breaks to rest weary legs we finally reached the ancient rock steps to the awesome Chùa Đi Đà Sơn (Di Da Son Pagoda), with its many religious gold-coloured artefacts, caves and lookout rocks with stunning vistas!
Much excitement and many photos later, the trail continued along a partly-paved, undulating track to the Nui Dinh road and downhill to the swimming pool café, dodging traffic and greeting locals on their daily exercise and/or selling freshly harvested bamboo. Socialising, swimming and/or bargaining for 1kg bags of bamboo followed, courtesy of the very friendly new swimming pool café owners!
Highlights: Many ‘golden’ religious artefacts at the Chùa Đi Đà Sơn pagoda and lookout points, aka ‘Magic Mountain’. See also: Chùa Di Đà Sơn Núi Dinh 2018 - YouTube
Down Down: Bồng Lai Quán (Bong Lai café, hammock and swimming pool rest area).
Refreshments: Saigon Chill, water, softies, meat and mixed rice salad, water melon.
Circle: Trail rated 9/10 (1 point deducted for mosquitos in the pagoda shrines). Hares Bull Ant (travelling), Chippy, Secs thanked. Hash Virgins Helen (Ca. USA), Mai (VT) introduced and welcomed. Returnee Catwoman welcomed back (family care). ‘Baptisms’ by Bishop!
On on on: Mr C’s Speakeasy until late heavy rain stopped.
Next week: Watch this space and facebook page: @VungTauHHH for more details of next week’s run.
PLEASE REMEMBER: We can all help to keep run fees as low as possible by cancelling registration if suddenly unable to attend (the committee can then order a smaller/cheaper bus and fewer meals if necessary).
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