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06 April 2014
NUI DINH - Angel Falls to The Lake
With a clear indication that the "festive season" holidays are finally over for another year, 35 enthusiastic Hashers discovered they couldn't really fit properly onto the 29-seater bus so a bigger chariot was swiftly organised by co-Hare KFC.
We disembarked at Angel Falls, just before the bridge past the roadside cafes on Nui Dinh about 5 km west of Ba Ria on the highway to Saigon. Co-Hare SamSon gave this week's Chalk Talk and then it was "On On" along the trail that begins just to the right of the bridge.
It was a rock-strewn track that continued for about 1.5 km before turning left onto a dirt road. Some 500 metres further on, we made a right turn into a very narrow but well-used trail that took our merry band of Hashers through many different types of vegetation - with plenty of cultural artefacts along the 5 kilometres until we emerged at the large lake and coffee shop near the top of Nui Dinh (yes, you're right - we had effectively been going uphill for the entire trail!).
A left turn onto the potholed access track took us the last kilometre to the sealed road and our faithful Hashmobile stocked with ice cold San Miguels and soft drinks, which were put to good use washing down the tasty snacks provided once again by Mountain Goat.
Falcon called the Circle and the great trail that had been set by SamSon, KFC and Ms Khanh was awarded a well-deserved 9.5/10 by Hard Drive. Hash Virgins Ms Khanh, Ms Phuong and Ms Vi were welcomed (noting it was the first time in VTH3 that a Hash Virgin was also a Hare - which gives Ms Khanh a small advantage over SamSon, who became a Hare on his second run and has only run once since then without having set the trail!)
Many familiar faces were welcomed back (and "iced", VTH3-style), including Mapdraw, Hot Dog, Paul, Aqualung, Rapunzel, Tom Cruise and Pikachu. But the highlight of today's Circle was the naming of 5-year-old Ivan (son of VTH3 stalwarts Ronald Reagan and Dolly). Ivan is already a Hash veteran despite his tender years - having followed many trails around the Vung Tau mountains on Dad's shoulders! In Hash Circles, he will forever more be known as "Ivanhoe" - whether he's walking, running or riding!
Hares SamSon and The Gardener will set a trail on Big Mountain for next Sunday's run - we'll meet as usual at the Offshore Bar 1 beer garden, 2 pm for 2.30 pm start.
Reporting: Falcon, Uncle
Hares: KFC, SamSon, Ms Khanh
Hash Flash: KFC, Radio Wave
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