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04 September 2016
NUI DINH - "Celebrating International Oil & Gas Day"
Hares: SamSon, Basil
Mobile clinic: Chippy
Hash Flash: Uncle
Circle management: Rose, Hope Solo, Anti and friends
Foodies: Mother Teresa, Fot Tret, Titanic/D&G et al
A cloudless sky promised fine weather as we gathered at Hon Ru Ri for our Hashmobile to Nui Dinh. Hashers began arriving at 2 pm and were still arriving as the bus driver started his engine at 2.31! Then we picked up Terminator, Mother Teresa and Superteen at the Seaview Apartments, making a record total of 53 passengers (on a 46-seat bus - which made for some interesting seating arrangements).
We dismounted just off the highway at the foot of Nui Dinh, to be told by co-hare Basil that we had a 2 km hike along a dirt track to reach the main start point, where the Chalk Talk would take place.
After side-stepping motor bikes for 15 minutes or so we arrived at a nice, shady area for further orders - which included an instruction to pass the swimming pool but don't swim! There were so many tourists and locals already swimming (national holiday weekend) that it would have been v.difficult anyway - although that didn't stop some of the junior Hashers from trying!
Then it was "on up" the first of several different flights of stairs - some man-made and some natural - in medium undergrowth, until we finally emerged at what seemed to be a huge outdoor stage under construction, but which we quickly discovered was major renovations at the local (very big) pagoda. Some groups went the wrong way and witnessed monks and nuns practising martial arts, while others chatted with friendly residents who were eager to practise their English. Uncle even had his own "tour guide" for a while!
Then Ailing Hash Basil came by with the last group and explained that the trail to the top was slightly different to the route being described by the pagoda residents!
We all finally made it up the newly-sealed road to the car park and our bright red eskies, which became the cue for lots of snacking and socialising while some visited the pagoda before returning for a team photo as darkness began to close in. Terminator and Mother Teresa helped everyone celebrate "international oil & gas day" with a bottle of spicy vodka!
Ringmaster SamSon called the Circle and introduced the two Hares: himself and Basil. Lady 'D' somehow combined the scores of junior Hashers Messi and Yu Bok to rate the trail 10/10 - a signal for dual Down Downs by the co-hares!
Then no fewer than 13 Hash Virgins were welcomed, and half a dozen or so Returnees - including Grandma Rita who played the "looking after the grandchildren" card and earned herself a dousing via the sinners cup! Other sinners were punished for various indiscretions, before Hashtags were given to Ugo ("Astro Boy") and Ms Thuy ("Snow White").
Terminator, Mother Teresa and Superteen were introduced to the Circle as VTH3's "#1 Hash family", having been active members since many years before the "Re-Hash" took place in 2011 to kick-start the modern era of Hashing in Vung Tau (see FAQ page on this website); they were presented with a framed team photo from an earlier celebration of Russia's (WWII) Victory Day.
Volunteers were sought to set next week's trail and Uncle volunteered to do a live hare run on one of our favourite hill climbs - Minh Dam Secret Zone then up a jungle trail to the small village inhabited by humble but extremely welcoming monks and nuns, and the massive lookout boulders behind (don't forget your camera!).
Also don't forget to check the NEXT RUN box in case of any unforeseen changes during the week!
We'll meet at Hon Ru Ri next Sunday, as usual: 2 pm for 2.30 pm start - in any weather!
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