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28 September 2014
SMALL MOUNTAIN - up, down, and all the way around!
Beautiful weather once again this week, but many of the usual faces missed out on what was arguably our best trail for some time...
An unusually small but super-enthusiastic "elite" crew set across the park and Front Beach area before regrouping behind the majestic military arms museum on the Lighthouse road, Small Mountain.
As the photos show (thanks to Hash Flash Taffy!), we ploughed through a lot of different vegetation on the way up the hill, but then the trail became easier than expected as we circumnavigated the entire area - including the occasional pause to examine local artefacts. We enjoyed many views of the city and Vung Tau Bay as we followed trail-setter Ice Water and the all-important red eco-tape.
It wasn't long before we encountered the next major challenge of the day: "On up, on up!" - and "on up" we certainly went! But we eventually emerged onto the Lighthouse road after an unusually long and somewhat "testing" trail around Vung Tau's iconic Small Mountain!
And then it was "Down Down" to the ever-faithful goldfish in the park and Ice Water's delicious baguettes, meat and pickle, washed down with ice-cold silver and gold San Miguels, softies and mineral water. Co-Hare SamSon wasn't able to make the run itself, but had voluntarily transported the eskies from home base, Offshore Bar 1 - well done, that man!
The Circle was called by duty Ring Master Ronald Reagan, and Jasper gave Hares Ice Water and SamSon a very well-received (and well-earned) 8/10! It should be noted at this stage that Ice Water was pardoned for being confused about the trail start because she had worked so hard all week to get everything organised with the new team.
Hash Virgin Olly was welcomed for the second time (this time with beer!), then returnees Van Anh and her young cousin Minh were reintroduced. We bid "Au revoir and Good Luck" to Taffy and son Olly, who head over to Thailand for Taffy's marriage to Som before all returning to Vung Tau. Have a great time you guys - we look forward to your return!
And that was it for another very pleasant day in the life and extremely colourful history of Vung Tau Hash! Given the circumstances of transition, we're delighted to thank those loyal Hashers who made the effort to support the new mismanagement team on their first tentative steps into a new era. In no particular order, many thanks to Ice Water, SamSon, Ronald Reagan, Taffy, Olly, Van Anh, Minh, Titanic, D&G, Basil, Viking and Jasper - you're all worth your weight in (San Miguel) gold, and your support is duly recorded in VTH3 archives as a shining example for those who will inevitably follow in your pioneering footsteps!
STOP PRESS: SamSon and Ice Water have set a new, 6 km "Adventure Trail" on Big Mountain for this Sunday, 5 October - which sounds terrific! Meet as usual in the Offshore Bar 1 beer garden at 2 pm for 2.30 pm start. Let's see if we can get even more Hashers to show their support for the enthusiastic new team on Sunday!
Reporting: SamSon, Uncle
Hares: Ice Water, SamSon
Hash Flash: Taffy. Circle photos: SamSon
VTH3 #648 PHOTO GALLERY>>>>>>>
THIS IS THE CREW...
...AND THIS IS WHERE THEY WENT:
5.5 KM UP AND AROUND SMALL MOUNTAIN!!!