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05 January 2014
LONG HAI MOUNTAINS
There was a surprisingly large number of runners this week, considering we're in the middle of the holiday season. After loading the bus with San Miguel "specials" plus accompanying soft drinks and chips, some 18 enthusiastic Hashers (and 1 dog) climbed aboard for the trip to Long Hai.
We eventually parked the Hashmobile opposite the Bo Bo Café and Coffee Shop (tour guides please note!) and headed off along a dirt track for 1 km to the start point - where Falcon briefed the troops on what they were about to encounter.
As usual, the trail involved a steep climb, this time up concrete steps that led to a path which, in turn, wound around the side of a mountain.
Some 2 km of mixed terrain and vegetation later, we reached our goal: the Chua Long temple.
Time for everyone to catch their breath, immerse themselves in culture and/or socialise, before heading back to the Hashmobile in reverse direction along the same trail - but which now looked and felt quite different, as all experienced Hashers would know!
Mountain Goat and K9 companion Hashputin kindly supplied Russian bread, pork and pickles to complement the chips(!) as the troops relaxed after an interesting afternoon's exertions.
A group photo first, and then the Circle was called. The trail was awarded 9/10 by Pekka (who was probably hoping such a generous score would get him relieved of Hash Flash duties, but he was wrong!).
Hash Virgins Binh, Hein and Chris were welcomed into the fold - and many sinners were punished for "foot faults" and sundry other misdemeanours both real and imagined.
Importantly, it was also time to recognise Mr Son, who has done more Hare sets in his relatively short time with VTH3 than many far more experienced Hashers! (nudge, nudge, wink, wink...). Appropriately, Mr Son will henceforth be the proud owner of Hash moniker "SAMSON"! <loud applause>
We eventually headed back towards Offshore 1 just before sunset - and after many Vietnamese, Russian and Beatles songs we arrived back at base camp to stow the eskies and all-important "blue bucket" for another week.
Next week's run #611 will be on Big Mountain, set by Hares Falcon, KFC and Samson.
We'll meet, as usual, at the Offshore Bar 1: 2pm for 2.30pm start.
In the meantime, if anyone is interested in helping with VTH3 communication duties (emails, this website, etc), please go to "Positions Vacant" - we'd love to hear from anyone who might be interested.
Reporting: Falcon, Uncle
Hares: Falcon, KFC, Mr Son
Hash Flash: Pekka, Radio Wave
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