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05 October 2014
Big Mountain - a long way up but a very short way down!
As we reach the end of the rainy season, the days are beautiful in Vung Tau and ideal for Hashing activities. And that was the setting for this week's "Adventure Trail" by Hares SamSon and Ice Water.
Turn right at the SOS clinic, "Di thang" for 400 metres to the steps through the residential area just before Hem 89, then sneak past a couple of snoozing workers and on up to Vi Ba. Left turn and up the hill 200 metres until we'd passed the pagoda and reached the "bush track" off to the right, where SamSon delivered the Chalk Talk before we left the bitumen and ventured into lush vegetation as we climbed up, up and up on what has been called "a stubborn trail"!
It was a long climb upwards, but nature's beauty was evident every step of the way!
We called a short "Hash Halt" to ensure WiFi's recently broken but now mending leg could complete the journey, and then it was on up again until we finally reached the top.
We saw entrancing views of Vung Tau City and encountered many local cultural and religious buildings and artefacts as we went around the mountain (see photo gallery). But then a sharp right turn put us on the brink of a vertical descent which looked as though we were about to vanish into an abyss! Slowly, slowly, was definitely the way to go until we safely reached ground level...
And then it was "On On" to Lam Son park where our generous sponsor's gold and silver 'San Migs' awaited to help us wash down the Russian and Vietnamese delicacies provided by Mother Teresa and Ice Water respectively - many thanks once again, ladies!
Duty Ring Master Radio Wave interrupted some 'vodka sampling' to call the Circle, and the trail was awarded a creditable 8/10 by Tiny Tim - but RW added a bonus point because he enjoyed wearing the GM regalia (see photo gallery)! So 9/10 for SamSon and Ice Water's "Adventure Trail" was well received by acclamation and a few quiet grunts from Terminator and Mother Teresa's toy poodle Yoffi!
Very few Hashers this week, which was disappointing given the beauty of the trail and the hard work that had gone into finding and marking it, so we bypassed the "introductions and penalties" in favour of enjoying some very leisurely socialising!
STOP PRESS: Because the "Adventure Trail" was so good and enjoyed by so few, Hares SamSon and Ice Water have decided to follow the same trail this Sunday (October 12) to give everyone else a chance to enjoy it! So let's see if we can give our hard-working Hares some real VTH3 support on Sunday!
We'll meet as usual in Offshore Bar 1 beer garden at 2 pm for 2.30 pm start.
RIP - JOHN "FALCON" MILLS
It's with great sadness that we advise the passing of long-time VTH3 stalwart and good friend John "Falcon" Mills, who died accidentally last week in Adelaide, Australia. Our sincere condolences to his wife Trinh, their son James and family - we share your loss, and we share your grief. May his soul Rest In Peace forever...
Reporting: SamSon, Uncle
Hares: Ice Water, SamSon
Hash Flash: Basil. Additional photos (see links below): Radio Wave
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Link to small size photos contributed by Radio Wave: https://yadi.sk/d/nn5l44vXbqrnE
Link to full quality photos contributed by Radio Wave: https://yadi.sk/d/j1rHDa05bqrgC
THIS IS WHO THEY ARE...
...AND THIS IS WHERE THEY WENT!