15 SEPTEMBER 2019
NUI DINH - 'Misty Mountain Hop'
Hares: Mr. T, Cleaver
Hash Flasher: Just Daniel
Ringmaster: Rain Stopped Play
A dreich Sunday may have persuaded some of our less intrepid members to abstain from today’s trail or perhaps it was the consequences of Zidane’s 60th Birthday Party the previous night, regardless, approximately 20 indomitable Hashers and a dog hopped on the Hashmobile bound for Nui Dinh.
Disembarking at the bottom of Nui Dinh, next to the perpetually under construction road, we march up the hill until we see the obligatory red ribbons pointing us over the crash barrier. The skies are still an ominous grey but thankfully it’s not raining. We gather around the lead Hare, Mr. T, for our instructions - but, alas, we realize an adolescent child has been left sleeping on the Hashmobile, we wait for his mother to rouse him from his slumber and Mr. T continues with his talk - we are going to climb over the wall, follow the red ribbons, which will bring us to a temple, from there we are to get on a path and follow it until we come back to the road we are currently on and then it’s an easy downhill till we reach the “swimming pool” place where the down-down is.
And so chomping at the bit, it’s On-On we go!
As we peer over the wall we see a deep ravine with slippery rocks that descends down in to the jungle. Trepidatiously, we hunker down and slither over the rocks, wary of proverbially going “arse over elbow”. The next obstacle to confront us is a turbulent river with a slippery array of stepping stones - an over confident Secs flippantly remarks to Fluffer, “Hey, we should wait here and take photos, someone is bound to fall in” - and with that takes his first step and promptly flips and finds himself knee deep in the icy mountain water. Hmm, something, something, karma. Worse, Mr. T comes up behind and informs us that just a few meters to the left is an easier, calmer crossing.
Once we’ve crossed the river we make the steep ascent through the moist, lush, verdant jungle. Scrambling over rocks we eventually encounter some dilapidated old steps carved out of the side of the mountain. We reach the top of the steps and out of the mountain mist emerges a Tomb Raider-esque temple embedded in the massive mountain rocks. After taking time to take in the cloud obscured views and take many “insta-face” photos we continue along the easy-to-walk mountain path and we are back on Nui Dinh road and it’s a pleasant stroll downwards until we see the trusty Hashmobile parked outside our down-down spot.
Just as we arrive, the rain starts and we scurry for shelter, some of us opting to displace a family of pigs stied under a corrugated iron roof. Voraciously we chomp down on delicious Banh Mi and quaff down ice cold beer. Sated, we congregate for the team photo and first time Hash Flasher, Just Daniel, takes the pic. With no Virgins, Returnees or Sinners this week and the rain still pouring down the decision was made not have a Circle this week. We pack up the Hashmobile ensuring there’s an eskie full of on bus entertainment and speed back to Vung Tau stopping only for a very welcome comfort break. Back at Uno Coffee we unload and cart everything up the stairs to the storage room and disperse into the night. Another fantastic Sunday afternoon.
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