16th Sep 2018
Suoi Da - "Rain and Rock Pools"
Hares: Mr. T, Secs, Fluffer, Faulty Brakes
Hash Flasher: Secs
50 happy Hashers met at Hon Ru Ri to register for Run 855 to Suoi Da (Rock Springs). Half way through the registration process the heavens open and a torrential downpour has everyone scurrying for shelter and the more prepared Hashers reaching for their poncho’s, anoraks and kagools. With no sign of the rain subsiding we make a mad dash for the Hashmobile. Somewhat soggy and slightly shivery under the cool aircon of the Hashmobile and soon we are speeding towards Suoi Da.
It’s not long before we arrive at the turn off from Highway QL51 and our skillful bus driver diligently navigates the narrow Hems, through puddled potholes to the Suoi Da carpark. We pile out of the Hashmobile pleased that the rain is now a mere smattering.
We gather round as our Hare, Secs, explains that we are to follow the path from the carpark passing the five rock pools and then it’s a steady climb up rocky steps until we emerge at a dirt track where we are to turn left and then climb a slope to a temple, continue on passed the temple where we will be rewarded with a spectacular view of the surrounding countryside. Once we’ve admired the view and taken the obligatory selfies we are to turn around and come back the way we came and anyone who desires a dip in the rock pools will have the opportunity on the way back.
And then On-On we go. Passing the various rock pools our left we soon find ourselves ascending a rocky path surrounded by lush greenery. We cross quaint bridges, leap over stepping stones and soon the hot, steamy humidity of the jungle has us stripping off the rainwear. As we approach the summit we meet the front runners on their way back down, giving us words of encouragement that it’s not far now - and the view will be worth the effort.
And they weren’t wrong. Just after passing the quirky temple at the top after a few more meters we step out onto a rock that affords us the aforementioned spectacular views, made all the more dramatic by the thick grey clouds. Taking time to admire the views and a well earned rest, many photos and selfies are taken. And then we begin a steady return to the carpark, with some of our more spirited Hashers stopping to take a dip in the cool refreshing rock pools.
Arriving back at the carpark we find our sacred San Miguel waiting for us ready to slake our thirst. A veritable feast of Banh Mi, Golden Fish’s spring rolls, and Boozer’s famous Ham and Cheese sandwiches take the edge off any hunger. After some convivial socialising it’s time to take the team photo and then Boozer, our Ringmaster extraordinaire, calls to order the circle.
As is customary first in the Circle are our Hares, Mr. T, Secs, Fluffer and Faulty Brakes. The trail is rated with a superb 12/10.
Next up we have only two virgins - Thomas from Berlin and his Vietnamese partner. Asked how he enjoyed the Hash, Thomas replied it was difficult but he met some “interesting” people. Boozer suggests that he has to do the trail again - much to Thomas’s chagrin. Down-downs for them and then it’s on to the returnees.
Misty, Evgenii and Dynamo are asked to give us their excuses for being away for more than six weeks. Misty has been spending time at the temple and our two Russian friends were in vacation in Russia. Misty’s excuse is deemed unacceptable and as such is required to show her prowess with the tube of doom - which she handles admirably.
Next we have a special occasion - three of our regular Hashers are celebrating their birthday with us this week; Young Ben, Shirley and Zidane. An ornate, marine themed, birthday cake is on display adorned with the letters “OBF”. Intrigued we have to ask - What does OBF mean and are informed it means - Old, Bald and Fat! Must be in honour of Zidane! Although we are not sure who the subtitle of “young butterfly” applies to.
Sinners are up next and first we have Graham, Hope Solo and April who decided to go straight to the rock pools for a swim rather that actually doing the trail first. Then Boozer charges a rather bewildered Secs to the Sinners circle. Curious as to his sIn, Boozer proceeds to relate the tale of last week’s extended down-down where Secs, after having imbibed perhaps a little too much is found asleep and missing his shoes. A lesson to be learned - always keep an eye on your shoes!
Finally we announce the date of the of our super overnight away trail extravaganza. The weekend of the 3rd November we are planning to return to Coco Beach Camp. Stay tuned for the email with instructions as to how to register.
Then it’s back on the Hashmobile and after a few more San Miguels, music from DJ Zidane, and some questionable back of the bus dancing from Velco and Grandma Rita we are soon back in Vung Tau. Another great day of Hashing!
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