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21 June 2015
LONG SON ISLAND – “VTH3 runs in any weather!”
Two days of torrential rain before Sunday’s run #686 registration would deter most people, but not the 13 hard core Hashers who know from experience that the Hash will always run – “hail, rain or shine”!
And so we loaded and boarded the Hashmobile and headed off, as planned, to Long Son Island. Hares Basil and SamSon (KFC was working!), decided to make one concession to the weather – we would do the run in reverse direction to ensure some shelter for the Down Down.
Up the mountainside we went, boulders most of the way – then across the plateau for a few photos of the lowlands (mostly waterlogged by now!), and down the other side – more boulders but now a lot of bamboo to make the descent a bit tricky for the unwary!
And then it was “On On!” to Bang Lang restaurant and our own sheltered area to feast on a tableful of Russian delicacies including crab meat and cheese balls and many other delights - thanks once again to Mountain Goat!
It was also at this time that we realised the weather gods must be Hashers, because the rain had stopped just as we arrived and started the initial climb, and now began again as we finished – perfect timing!
Duty Ringmaster SamSon called on Mother Teresa to rate the trail, which she did with much vigour – also delivered in English by resident translator Superteen. The end result was a well-deserved and fully supported “perfect score” of 10/10 – for which she joined Hares Basil and SamSon in saluting with typical “Hash panache”!
No Hash Virgins or returnees this week, so Uncle nominated SamSon and Basil as Sinners for running the trail in reverse. The explanation was that either God or the Hares were at fault, and God wasn’t present to Down Down so they must – and they did! Ringmaster then called Mountain Goat into the Circle to announce that next Sunday will be her last with VTH3 after some 15 years! To mark the occasion we will hold a local run on her favourite Big Mountain, followed by Circle, Down Down and On On “picnic” at the Sao Bien 4 registration area – for which Mountain Goat insists on supplying all the food (Russian, of course – and it will be delicious!).
So we will meet on Sunday, as usual, at Sao Bien 4 restaurant: 2 pm for 2.30 pm start. We will also congregate in the same area after the run (from approx 4.15-4.30 pm) to hold the Circle and thank Mountain Goat for everything she’s done for VTH3 in the past 15 years: Hasher, Hare, “Foodie extraordinaire” – she’s done it all, and always with the same unassuming good humour and quiet determination!
All current and former Hashers are invited to join us for the run, Down Down and On On, or just the after-run “Russian On On picnic” on this auspicious occasion!
Hares: Basil, SamSon, KFC
Hash Flash: Uncle
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