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11 May 2014
SMALL MOUNTAIN - a swim, and 'Au Revoir' to The Gardener and Miss Banana!
Some 20 or so keen Hashers set off in the enervating heat from Offshore Bar 1 on Sunday - the temperature was showing a sultry 39C. It was great to see some of our Russian Hashers again after a few weeks absence due to various professional and personal commitments.
We arrived as a group at the back of Lucy's Bar, and set off up the side of Lighthouse Hill. The enthusiastic group quickly separated into the FRBs led by Terminator and K9 Yoffi, and the remainder of the pack sweltering their way uphill as best they could.
After following the paved road for a while, the trail broke off into the bush and scrub with everyone encouraging each other in typical Hash fashion until, with a great sigh of relief that was probably heard down at sea level, the road was once again reached!
It was widely believed that it would be only a casual downward stroll to the waiting eskies, but the dastardly Hares had other plans and, once again, the trail took off into the bush - this time heading upwards towards the lighthouse. Despite some mutinous groans from several of the pack, we all finally made it to the top to find the well rested front runners admiring the view!
After a suitable pause for everyone to catch their breath and enjoy the scenery, it was "On On" along a trail first set several years ago to link both peaks of Small Mountain, and we all headed down the slopes before wending our way past some surprised locals outside their homes to eventually reach the main road.
A very welcome RV was made with volunteer beermeister Jeff with his sore knee and our precious eskies in a cafe overlooking the sea at 32 Ha Long.
Some of the exhausted Hashers stripped off (more or less), crossed the road and dived into the sea. Others decided to let "Doctor San Miguel" cool them down!
In true Russian style our returnees including Tiny Tim and Terminator set up the pork, black bread and pickles together with obligatory vodka - it was a fine sight to behold!
A very convivial time was enjoyed by all, with co-Hare SamSon leading the bonhomie. Ronald Reagan, playing a fine role as Ring Master, called the Circle where we welcomed a somewhat "hot and tired" VTH3 Virgin John Doran from Ireland (via Korea and various other exotic locations); also welcomed our returnees; and bestowed a new Hash monicker on co-Hare Ut, who shall forever more be known in Hash Circles as "Miss Banana"!
And so the afternoon drew to a close, as the exhausted but happy Hashers ticked off yet another extremely pleasant VTH3 afternoon!
The Gardener and Miss Banana are now taking a temporary leave of absence and we wish them well - we've really appreciated your willingness to "get stuck in" and lay some trails that we've all enjoyed. Come back soon, ya hear!
In the meantime, SamSon has enthusiastically taken over the role of Hareraiser in the absences of Falcon (injury) and The Gardener. He will be supported this week by new Hares Linh, Ice Water and Hot Dog to set a new trail on Small Mountain for next Sunday - so we'll meet again as usual at Offshore Bar 1 beer garden, 2 pm for 2.30 pm start. See you there!
Reporting: Taffy, Uncle
Hares: Miss Banana, The Gardener, SamSon
Hash Flash: Hot Dog and friends
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