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31 August 2014
LONG SON ISLAND - "Independence Day minus 2"
Lots of new and familiar faces at registration today and particularly happy to see some more of our Russian returnees fresh from summer holidays. There was a slight shower but nothing that our newly-named "Four Seasons" couldn't handle - so with her control over the skies, we settled down for a pleasant day's Hashing in overcast but dry weather.
The chariot parked outside the Bang Lang restaurant on Long Son Island (turn left at end of access road) and Rowdy Water explained the trail and "things to watch out for" in his Chalk Talk - then it was "On On" along the road for 80 metres before turning right along a narrow lane towards the mountain (of course there's a mountain - this is VTH3!).
Going up the mountain was a winding trail over mostly dirt track, grass and bush, with plenty of vegetation following the rainy season. Then it was across the ridge over the top (extensive views to the south and east for the camera buffs), and then "Down Down" the boulder-strewn side of the mountain to the residential area, turn right to the cemetery through the narrow back lanes, and then out to the main road and back to the restaurant: A to A (which everyone did - but some with more difficulty than others!).
We were greeted by Ice Water's baguettes with meat and pickle, supplemented by the Russian contingent's bread, salted pork and cucumber and the "obligatory" bottle of vodka! Luckily for the less hard-core, the eskies were brimming with San Miguel Gold and Silver plus softies and water.
The Circle was called and Hares Rowdy Water and SamSon (in absentia) were awarded a rare "maximum" score of 10/10 by GeoffP, who was particularly impressed with the trail marking and variety of terrain.
Virgins Son, Yen and Nhi were "deflowered" with the VTH3 welcome song (and suitable libation); returnees Black Hawk, Tiny Tim, Aslan and Space Cadet were welcomed back; sinner Rosa Le was charged (surely to be named Bo Peep for her meanderings - or did she just go shopping at the market, we wonder?) as well as SamOnHash and Dolphin for "foot faults" (how on earth did they manage in those flimsy sandals?).
Then it was time for the remaining three Guyatts to be Hash-named: wife and mother Tracy will henceforth be known as "Moneypenny" (by democratic acclaim) for her readiness to handover VN Dong, son Jaiden the computer whizz as "Herbie Vargo" (google it!), and daughter Savannah finally decided to accept "Rainbow" (or was it Sparkle, or Sunflower, or...).
Moneypenny was then joined by older daughter Four Seasons for a VTH3 version of the "ice bucket challenge" - suitably roped and "piped". To the Circle's delight, husband and father Big Bear then ceremoniously tipped an esky full of ice and water over the unsuspecting pair! (see photo gallery below).
And that was a suitable climax for another fun-filled day in the life of VTH3!
STOP PRESS: As promised in the original run report posted Monday, Hareraiser Rowdy Water has marshalled his troops and no less than three experienced Hares and one 'apprentice' were deployed to set a trail on Small Mountain for Sunday (see NEXT RUN)! With that amount of effort, it's sure to be an interesting trail. At this stage, however, the only clues they'll give us is that it's basically "Up and over the mountain then through a gate, down through lots of 'friendly' vegetation and steps, then through a gap and out onto Ha Long for a pleasurable hike back to the twin goldfish in the park."
So there you have it (sort of...)! We'll meet on Sunday, as usual, at the Offshore Bar 1 beer garden at 2 pm for 2.30 pm start.
Hares: Rowdy Water, SamSon
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