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30 March 2014
LONG HAI - Minh Dam Secret Zone
Some 20 or so Hashers set off on Sunday for a "great new trail" set by KFC and SamSon in the Long Hai mountains - Minh Dam Secret Zone.
Co-Hare SamSon briefed the troops on arrival, sending everyone to the bottom of the hill for the second part of the briefing - and then it was "On On" and "Up Up" hundreds of steps (very familiar to anyone who's enjoyed a Hash with VTH3!). It was a warm day, which contributed to a lot of heavy breathing and a rest stop to take in the stunning vistas from a conveniently located viewing point from a cluster of large boulders on the side of the mountain.
Then it was back to the climb again - until the breathless crew finally reached a temple at the top of the mountain (Q: Why do monks always build their pagodas so high up the mountainsides? A: No idea, but it always adds to the Hash experience...).
And then we did the whole thing in reverse with an amazingly long journey down the mountainside, which quickly replaced the shaky breathing with a lot of shaky legs!
Everyone made it safely down to the Ngoc Xuong resort - another first for VTH3 in the Long Hai's (the resort, that is - not the fact that we all made it safely down; that's usually a given!).
Ring Master Ronald Reagan called the Circle after a break for refreshments - including chopped coconut hand-prepared by co-Hare SamSon (see photos). The trail was awarded a high score of 7.5/10 by Kojak; no fewer than six VTH3 Virgins from four different countries were welcomed; and everyone experienced "icing" VTH3-style (being doused in cold water).
We finally boarded the Hashmobile for return to base camp (Offshore Bar 1), which was reached at around 6.30 pm, with KFC as choirmaster - marking the end of yet another very pleasant day in Ba Ria-Vung Tau!
Next Sunday will be another "away" run - this time on "everyone's favourite mountain": Nui Dinh (about 5 km west of Ba Ria). The trail will again be set by Hares KFC and SamSon, so we're sure to see some places of local interest as we ramble around the countryside! We'll meet as usual: Offshore Bar 1 beer garden at 2 pm for 2.30 pm start. Be early - only the first 29 will get a seat!
PS The stock of VTH3 600th run t-shirts is now almost depleted, so if anyone still wants one, be sure to join us soon!
Reporting: Ronald Reagan, Uncle
Hares: KFC, SamSon
Hash Flash: KFC - with additional photos by Tiny Tim
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KFC's photos first, then Tiny Tim's...
...and now Tiny Tim's photos>>>>>>>>>