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29 December 2013
Our local Hash numbers received a boost this week by a family reunion of no less than 19 (16 runners) from all over the world - truly an eclectic turnout, led by Barb and Randy.
The "global family" even brought their own bus so, as soon as everyone had stocked up on VTH3 t-shirts, we all climbed aboard and headed around the Front Beach area to 60 Ha Long (near the Black Pearl, as locals would know).
Hare CNR briefed the troops, then up the mountainside we went - rather steep in places, with various types of vegetation and terrain to keep the pack in touch with the FRBs!
We regrouped at the iconic Lighthouse, before heading down a bamboo-covered and rocky trail that eventually saw everyone emerge at ground level on Phan Chu Trinh - having traversed Small Mountain from south to north.
An extended hike followed westward, through the residential area and sidewalk fish market to the Bach Dang bia hoi near the Pacific Hotel on Le Loi.
Many beers later, the Circle was called - an opportunity to welcome the many Vung Tau Hash Virgins as well as the Sinners (sorry, we can't remember everyone's names - that's why we said, "Many beers later..."!).
With the "formalities" completed and darkness descending, CNR, KFC and Falcon accompanied our family reunion visitors to a seafood restaurant in the fishing village for the "On On". The rest of the story remains with those involved but, to coin a well-used phrase, "A good time was had by all"!
Next Sunday will be our first run for 2014 - the beginning of a whole new year for VTH3 (our 23rd!). We're hoping Hares Falcon and KFC can drag their tired bodies out to set a trail at Long Hai while CNR takes a well-deserved break - but please keep an eye on the NEXT RUN box for further details.
In the meantime, we're looking for someone to take over Hash communication duties, ie looking after this website and our email account. More details at: "Positions Vacant"
Scribes: Falcon, Uncle
Hash Flash: Pekka
(and yes, he took all these photos - plus others we couldn't publish!)
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