11 Nov 2018
Long Son Island - "Short. But Sweet"
Hares: Pekka, Slipper
Hash Flasher: Kojak, Radiowave
A sunny Sunday afternoon and 47 hearty Hashers hop upon the Hashmobile. Our destination this week is Long Son Island just 26 km from Vung Tau. We disembark at the our starting point on an asphalt road and gather round stalwart Hare, Flying Finn, as he delivers the chalk-talk. We are to follow the road until it transforms in to a dirt trail and after 500m look out for the red ribbons indicating a right turn in to the jungle - then follow the red ribbons up the hill where we will have a down-down at the restaurant at the top. With a wry smile he suggests it may be a short trail - anyone who wishes to do more is welcome to do it twice.
With a spring in our step we “on-on”, pausing only to indulge our propensity to pose for photos for this week’s Hash Flashes, Kojak and Radiowave. Soon we find the aforementioned right turn which takes us in to the thick jungle. Single file, we follow the red ribbons through the lush greenery, thankful for the shade of the jungle canopy above. Before long the jungle thins out and we see signs of civilisation. We emerge in to a car park and see our trusty Hashmoble waiting for us, eskies full of San Miguel at the ready.
Quizzically we look at each other. Is this really the end? A quick check of the GPS on our phones confirms it - 1.3 km and 30 minutes makes this one of the shortest trails in a long time. However, this gives us more time to explore the beautiful Khu Du Lịch Sinh Thái Du Sơn Restaurant and of course, more time to slake our thirst, fill our bellies and mingle with our fellow Hashers.
The boombox makes an appearance and the down-down becomes a hoedown as we are treated to an entertaining display of twinkle toed finesse as a few of our party animals shake a leg to the rockin’ beats of DJ Golden Fish’s tunes.
A veritable feast is on offer today - the usual Banh Mi’s, the legendary sandwiches from Mother Teresa and Boozer, and mountain chicken with sticky rice that Long Son Island is famous for. Now we are replete, Ringmaster Boozer calls the Circle to order.
In the Circle this week we have only one Virgin - a flexible Yogi from India, several Russian Returnees, and two Sinners. It’s a somewhat boisterous affair, with the usual iced water dousing - remember kids, if you are going to throw water, don’t be surprised if you get wet. Star of the Circle this week is venerable Hasher, Stubble, who almost missed the bus from Hon Ru Ri and we suspect he may have been a tad worse for wear from a weekend of excess. Double Tube of Doom for him - which he tackles like a pro.
Circle over, eskies packed, we board the Hashmobile and the party continues all the way back to Hon Ru Ri. Until next week….
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