2 Dec 2018
Long Son Island - "Bamboo and Chicken"
Hares: Mr. T., Secs
Hash Flasher: Secs
Ringmaster: The Captain
A glorious sunny Sunday afternoon and approximately 40 Hashers board the Hashmobile for a jaunt to Long Son Island. As we cross the Go Gang bridges today’s crystalline sky affords us some fantastic views of our usual stomping grounds - the four peaks of Vung Tau’s Big Mountain on one side, Nui Dinh on the other and our current conquest, Long Son Island, in front of us.
Our starting point this week is Quán Ăn Bằng Lăng, a frequent down-down spot and famous for its BBQ Chicken. Under the scorching sun we walk along the road where our Hare, Mr. T., points to a dirt track on the right - that is where we will return from after having completed the trail - and the down-down will indeed be back at Bang Lang. Rumours begin that some delicious chicken could be on the menu later. We continue along the road for a few hundred meters and stop at side lane. A quick chalk-talk from Mr. T and we are off and running (well, walking mostly)
We soon find ourselves in the very picturesque rural Vietnamese countryside. Flat, shady paths, lined with bamboo lead us through the farmland, until we leave civilization behind and the mountain ascent begins. It's a relatively easy climb, predominantly featuring a lot of bamboo - luckily our Hares have found a clear path through. At the top we take a moment to look back at magnificent view and then loop around, through more bamboo, and begin our descent, surrounded by more bamboo. Civilization soon reappears and we emerge on at the aforementioned lane and a short walk to the down-down.
Ice cold San Miguel is waiting for us at Bang Lang - and, quite literally, a mountain of Ham and Cheese sandwiches prepared by Junior Hasher, T34.
As the conviviality begins we receive a distress call from our resident shephard, Zidane. He has a flock of Hashers who can’t find the next red ribbon. Our Hares try to guide them down however, the best explanation of their location, “we’re in a clearing just next to some bamboo”, didn’t really narrow it down for our perplexed Hares.
Meanwhile, the rumours are confirmed as the smoky aroma of barbeque fills the air, and the first plate of irresistible chicken arrives. Salivating, our hungry Hashers look upon the feast before them. However, they are going to have to wait for the rest of the Hashers to arrive.
Luckily by the time the third plate of chicken arrived, the trusty Zidane arrives with his safely shepherded flock. And so the feast begins. Banh Mi, T34’s sandwiches, and chicken washed down with San Miguel - does it get any better?
Chicken now devoured, it’s time for the weekly photo and circle. This week, stepping up to the plate at the last minute, we welcome the The Captain as Ringmaster.
First up are the Hares, Mr. T and Secs, and Frank is called to give a report of the trail. He gives a glowing report - maximum points to the Hares.
Next up Returnees. This we are pleased to welcome legendary Hasher, Viking, who is back for a brief visit after returning to his native Denmark. We are also pleased to welcome back Daniel, Misty and Hien and Dan.
On to the Sinners now and, despite successfully guiding the lost Hashers back, Zidane is charged - along with 10 of his lost sheep. They take their penance with aplomb, downing delicious San Miguel - hardly a punishment.
Lastly, the Virgins, we have a couple of Vietnamese ladies joining us for the first time. Welcome!
Finally, Mr. T., announces the VTH3 2018 Christmas Party will be on Sunday 23 December at Vung Tau Marina. If you want to join us you must register through the website.
We load up the eskies, bring the surplus San Miguel onboard, and with a blaring boombox, we are speeding our way back to Vung Tau. Another great day in the countryside.
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