17 FEB 2019
LONG SON ISLAND
Hares: Flying Finn, Mr. T, Mountain Shrimp
Hash Flashers: Kojak
The Hashmobile is packed beyond capacity again as we leave Coffee Uno enroute for Long Hai Mountains, stopping briefly to collect ice for the eskies, we soon disembark at the our starting point - the Buddhist temple Chùa Khỉ.
We muster around our Hare, Flying Finn, for instructions - a simple trail, just climb the steps to our left and continue up, and up, and up following the red ribbons until we get to the top where the path will flatten out and ultimately take us to the down-down spot at the familiar Minh Dam car park.
So off we trot, on-onwards and tentatively upwards we go. Brilliant sunshine beats down on our heads and we begin the climb up the rocky steps carved out of the hillside. Thankfully, as we trek deeper in to the jungle, the canopy above provides some welcome shade. It is a pretty and picturesque trail culminating at a colourful, quirky little pagoda embedded in the massive boulders this mountain is known for. The pagoda’s position perched on the mountainside provides some spectacular views across the coastline looking back towards Vung Tau. Many obligatory selfies later we continue on, pleased to find that the trails flattens out as promised and we spill out in the car park where the sight of the our famous eskies welcomes us with the promise of Ice Cold San Miguel Beer.
As we sate ourselves with San Miguel, soft drinks and Banh Mi we are entertained by the resident verminous, barrel of monkeys that reside in the surrounding treetops, until our diligent Hash Flasher, Kojak, assembles us for the team photo. Photo done, Boozer pulls out his whistle and blows hard to assemble this week’s circle.
Flying Finn is first in the circle to as we rate the trail, our other Hares, Mr. T and Mountain Shrimp were unable to be here today. A curious rating of 17.23234 out of 10 and Flying Finn accepts his reward with a down, down, down, down.
Next up we welcome a couple of Virgins and four Returnees before our selfie princesses, Aqua and Golden Fish are charged by Boozer as sinners of the highest order by committing the heinous crime of shopping whilst hashing. Somewhere in their busy selfie schedule they found time to acquire some traditional gingham shawls.
We close the circle, pack up the eskies, board the bus and head back to Coffee Uno - another lovely day out in countryside.
VTH3 #877 PHOTO GALLERY