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NUI DINH - "The rainy season hasn't finished yet!"
Hares: Basil, Mr Hoang, Shaky, SamSon
Hash Flash: Fot tret
Before everyone met at Hon Ru Ri at 2 pm the sky was clear and promised that today’s trail is a no rain day, which is better than when the Hares tried to set the trail and got caught up in heavy rain!
But as soon as we picked up Terminator’s family near the Seaview apartments, our ride to Dinh Mountain (“Nui Dinh”) was hit by heavy rain and dark sky.
While it was still raining when we reached our destination, the lady living near there had a stroke of luck since many Hashers didn’t prepare a raincoat and she got a chance to sell some to Hashers!
Basil told Hashers to get comfortable and listen to his Chalk Talk: the trail is leading up to the mountain, and then come down the mountain where Hares will be waiting to direct Hashers to the lake, where the bus with cold eskies is waiting. Also since it was raining when the trail was set, there was no red tape to mark - but the trail was easy navigated.
Hasher FRBs Terminator and UFO dash up ahead without raincoats while followed by other Hashers also avoiding oncoming motorbikes.
This mountain has beautiful scenery, but since there is the rain, Hashers only choice is to head to the top and come down, also need to be careful since the stairs will be slippery.
When Terminator and UFO headed down first, feeling not long enough, they did a second round before heading to Hare Basil waiting to direct them to the lake with red tape marked on the way by Hare SamSon.
When we all reached the bus, it has finally stopped raining, so the bus took the eskies near the lake for the Down Down.
After sometime to explore the lake, taking pictures with sheep herd, Hashers start the Hash team picture with a perfect spot by the lake - see photo gallery below.
We started the Circle with Hare SamSon donning the chain of office. After Welcome speech, the 4 "young men" Hashers who set the trail were invited into the Circle and Returnee Camel Bone volunteered to rate the trail.
The trail is “perfect” and with rainy weather stopping at the Down Down, he awarded 8/10; however SamSon honestly told the circle that they set the trail but no red tape, so a point is then deducted because of SamSon’s honesty: 7/10
We then welcomed Hash Virgins Ms Dung and son nicknamed “Carrot”, sponsored by Hope Solo.
After that, Returnees Camel Bone, Bob, Ms Phuong Anh, Anatoly, Ms Thao, Robert and Gina all gave excuses: “In Australia”, “Resting”, “Working”, and “No Excuse”. Sinner’s cup was given to Ms Thao!
Then Sinners were called and started with Bob for his new shoes, Ms Dung and son for inappropriate footwear, and everyone who didn’t wear a Hash T-shirt!
Then Hash names were given to new Hare Mr Hoang as “Geronimo”, and Erik as “Felix”.
Before we announced next week’s run, some words from Blondie who will leave the Hash for 1 month to go back to Russia. She expressed her gratitude that being with the Hash, she knows a lot of friends in Vietnam. And everyone agrees with Basil that: “We will see you again”!
Then announcement for next week that SamSon will set a trail in Phu My with help by Basil and volunteer from Perro Caliente, but he needs to figure out who he shall bring since both of them can’t drive.
Basil also announced that the drive to Phu My might take too long if it’s outside our usual 45 minutes limit (for not having to change departure or return times), so everyone must check the website NEXT RUN box since if Plan A to Phu My doesn’t work out, Plan B shall be posted on the website instead.
We'll meet at Hon Ru Ri next Sunday, as usual: 2 pm for 2.30 pm start - in any weather!