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23 February 2014
SMALL MOUNTAIN - LIGHTHOUSE HILL (the long way!)
An enthusiastic 20+ Hashers boarded a fleet of taxis at Offshore Bar 1 for today's run beginning on Ha Long street - including the lovely Rita and a few more familiar faces, as well as half a dozen new ones.
A chalk talk explained the need to follow red and yellow eco-paint and markers and then it was "On On" up the small Hem (lane) behind the Front Beach shops, cafes, bars and restaurants - sharp left, and then a right turn about 400 metres past the Arms Museum and up a set of steps that led to a dirt road.
After another 500 metres, we turned left and followed the markers through the trees and unforgiving bamboo, until we emerged onto the sealed road that winds its way up to the lighthouse. But it was never going to be that easy on a trail laid by Falcon and The Gardener! We turned left and headed back down the road for 300 metres, then made a right turn back into the undergrowth and followed the red markers all the way to the top of Lighthouse Hill - phew!
A short rest at the top to enjoy the Lighthouse and views of Vung Tau City, and then it was the downhill sector on a trail that was mostly new, thick with bamboo, and quite slippery in places. We finally reached the dirt road just before the army base, and from there it was a long way downhill to Ha Long (beach road) and then a level hike to the park on Le Loi at Front Beach, and the familiar "twin goldfish".
Great snacks were provided by Mother Theresa and, after many San Miguels and Russian vodkas, the Circle was called.
The trail was awarded a congratulatory 9/10 by The Flying Finn, who promptly joined Hare Falcon in a "Down Down" salute! (co-Hare The Gardener sent his best regards to everyone but was unavoidably absent...). VTH3 Hash Virgins Greg, Glenn, Andrew, Cameron, Gavin and Tom were welcomed. Danish Paul was given the Hash-monicker The Quiet Viking and, to celebrate Man's Day in Russia (and the end of a very successful Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics), the Russian male Hashers were toasted in true Hash style!
Next Sunday's Trail will be set by Falcon and SamSon on Long Son island (see NEXT RUN box)..
Reporting: Falcon, Uncle
Hares: Falcon, The Gardener, Tim
Hash Flash: The Flying Finn
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