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21 February 2016
NUI DINH - "Anniversary" Trail
Hares: SamSon, Cousin, Shaky
Hash Flash: Cousin. Additional photos: Radio Wave
Ring Master: SamSon
We all met at our usual gathering spot, 12 Hung Vuong street: Café Bi Sắt. And many Hashers remembered SamSon mentioning last week to ‘bring your friends and family on this week’s trail to enjoy a fantastic view’.
We all boarded the bus, including little Oopso, and after the last of 37 Hashers arrived we started our journey to Dinh mountain. Hare SamSon explained to everyone that it’s almost a year since we visited this part of the mountain.
When half way up the mountain road, we noticed the pagoda was visited by lots of people for the start of new lunar calendar. Our driver mistakenly thought that Hashers were also here for the pagoda and pulled over to park; however, we quickly corrected him and continued on up to the trail.
As soon as the bus stopped near the dirt road, we walked to the familiar coffee shop near the lake and SamSon gave his chalk-talk and then “On On” we go!
We walked to the forest and up the hill to the cement road. From here we had two options: go down and reach the coffee shop or continue going up – so that’s where we went: up!
After a while, we turned left into thicker forest and followed the red marker tape while avoiding yellow (“Wrong way – go back!”). We came across the bamboo forest and just like the Hares mentioned in the NEXT RUN box on our website, there were lots of thorny trees and we were grateful that the Hares cleared some of them before we started.
And up the mountain we continued until we reached the top of a massive rock, with a “Million Dollar” view! After a while, we continued along the mountain with more rocks on top, with many Hashers taking more pictures along the way before we headed down the mountain.
We finally came out of the forest and back to the cement road, then we walked down the path to the coffee shop and continued on to the bus where the ice-cold San Miguel beer was waiting. It was nearly sunset already!
We took a group photo and started the Circle while also avoiding tree-cutters on motorcycles. Duty Ring Master SamSon invited the Hares into the Circle and Radio Wave volunteered to rate the trail. He said it was a “Million Dollar” view and the trail had lots of challenges and, to show his “Mark of Honour”, he awarded 10/10: another perfect score for the hardworking and creative Hares!
We welcomed Hash Virgin Nick, a colleague of Rajah’s in Singapore but from Germany; SamSon’s friend, a receptionist at the Imperial Hotel; and Hasher Dumb's wife Lumia and son Antonia.
Welcome back returnees, with excuses from Rajah: “Tet Holiday”, Microwave: “Homework”, Ms Lien: “Work”, and Mr T: “Went back to Australia”.
And Sinners, Basil for New Haircut and Faulty Brakes for New Shoes, then Kim for inappropriate footwear.
Ms Chuyen has joined the Hash more than six times so the Hashers nicknamed her “Tommy” because she is wearing a Tommy T-shirt.
Last but not least, we thanked Foodies Mother Teresa and Blackhawk for providing more delicious “Hash snacks”.
An announcement was made to the Circle that we plan to have a Charity run for Children’s Day in June. More information will be available closer to the date.
In the meantime, we'll meet again on Sunday at Pétanque Café Bi Sắt, 12 Hung Vuong Street: 2 pm for 2.30 pm start.
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and a link to Radio Wave's photos: https://yadi.sk/d/uK7pJ7OUpFZdp
SOME RUN STATS COURTESY RADIO WAVE > > >