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BIG MOUNTAIN - A Mountain Goat 'family' affair!
Hashers all met at the Sao Bien 4, as usual. Mountain Goat's son, Nic, translated that the Down Down would be our beachside cafe at 83 Tran Phu, then everyone boarded the taxis and followed Mountain Goat to the start point further along Trang Phu.
Basil and Flying Finn volunteered to take the eskies to the end point, which they did, after the taxi driver had mopped up all the water leaking on his expensive upholstery from our eskies!
Trusty Hash Flash, Flying Finn, took a group photo and Mountain Goat gave her chalk talk, then it was up the stairs past the twin lions, through the temple, and follow the familiar red markers with Mountain Goat gently nudging some in the right direction.
A quick reminder to "beware thorns" and then we continued on up to the top of the mountain peak and down again through a village.
Once we reached the familiar "cement road", MG explained there was a short cut and a "long cut" to the road below - which eventually led to the old French artillery station where groups of local tourists were enjoying afternoon drinks.
We turned left, and that's when we realised we were now following a new trail around the mountain! We quietly and respectfully side-stepped a lonely grave on the path, then continued down the mountain until we reached a particularly rocky area. Fortunately, Samson, Ronald Reagan and Nic were on hand to help everyone make it down without too many scrapes!
Then it was on down to Tran Phu and back to #83 for refreshments, with lots of Vietnamese tourists wondering where all the foreigners were coming from!
We lined up for the group photo but Ice Water discovered that Basil and FF had left the GM's hat and sponsor's banner back at Sao Bien 4 in their haste to deliver the eskies and join the pack! So Basil rushed back and gathered the missing items before too many Hashers realised what was happening! Not surprisingly, Basil was nominated for Ring Master, with the hat - and a Down Down!
So the Circle was called, and that's when we got another surprise - Mountain Goat and Hashputin were joined by MG's granddaughter Liuba for the trail rating, and son Nic for translations (again!). And did we mention it was on the beach? Just another perk of Hashing with VTH3!
Hare stalwart Samson had managed to join us today (he usually sets trails but then has to work on run days!), and he rated the trail as "exciting, totally new and a good challenge" - very worthy of a perfect score: 10/10! And that's when Mountain Goat confessed it was Liuba who discovered the new way down the mountain - so granddaughter earned her very own perfect score on her first Hash!
We welcomed Hash virgins Alex, a schoolteacher, and Vlad, a building consultant - both introduced to the Hash by veteran VTH3'er Stubble, who was also called into the Circle for a Down Down. Returnee Gopinath was welcomed back after 16 months at sea, and Samson, of course, for being here to set trails but absent on run days!
Basil and Flying Finn were the big Sinners - with Basil scoring "double Down Down" for not only forgetting the banner and hat but also the plastic cups! And FF for not realising that he'd forgotten them!
There was a big welcome for Mountain Goat's family: granny MG and faithful K9 Hashputin, son Nic and wife, daughter Liuba and her little brother (sorry folks, HP ate my notes so I don't have the missing names!).
And last but definitely not least, a big "Thank You" to Ice Water, Mountain Goat and D&G for sharing their delicious snacks!
STOP PRESS: Rowdy Water, Ice Water and M. 'Arry confirm a new trail set on Long Son Island for Sunday 22 March. Long socks or trousers recommended to protect lower legs from pricklies, and carry extra water as the going will be "hot and thirsty"!
Meet at Sao Bien 4 Restaurant, as usual: 2 pm for 2.30 pm start. See entry map on home page this website.
Hares: Mountain Goat, Hashputin, Liuba
Hash Flash: Flying Finn
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