24 MAY 2020
Hares: Mr. T, Secs, Zidane, Anagram, Chom Chom
Hash Flashers: Chom Chom, Mr. T,
The first of 40+ ‘happy hashers’ began arriving at Lily’s Baradise & Restaurant (formerly Tommy’s) around 1 pm on an overcast Sunday afternoon. MMC and volunteers soon had the gleaming white Hashmobile loaded for the trip, and off we went for an afternoon on Nui Dinh and the five rock pools of Suoi Da, with just a couple of pick-ups along the way.
Co-Hare Secs explained the A-B trail, with a side-turnoff to an extremely popular lookout spot before a steep climb to Suoi Da.
“On on” we went, with the pack stretching further apart as we reached the lookout rocks with so many stunning photo opportunities (including the obligatory ‘group selfies’) which should make a good photo essay for this week’s run. A nearby cluster of shrines and temples also provided ‘local colour’ for many hashers who took the opportunity to explore the very interesting area with its peaceful, friendly residents – surely a great learning experience for junior and senior hashers alike!
And then we quickly realised the Chalk Talk description of the next leg was very accurate as the trail went up, and up, and up! But all good(!) things must come to an end, and so we finally descended the last few metres to the Suoi Da rock pools and what must surely now be known as ‘selfie bridge’!
MMC and volunteers were soon marshalled to offload the eskies and stock the impromptu ‘Down Down’ area, where our resident chefs demonstrated awesome knife-wielding skills to produce delicious banh mi, fruit and cake, including generous donations from Lovely Anh, Tang Lan and Doyle’s parents Tu Nguyen and Vinh: a big “Thank you” one and all!
Hashers could soon be seen enjoying themselves in many vantage points around the area: climbing over rocks, chatting in the shade, savouring the food and drinks, and posing on selfie bridge for Cecil B de Chom Chom’s videos!
We eventually managed to collect enough hashers in one place for a rather informal team photo, followed by ‘Circle up’. Duty Ringmaster Uncle introduced today’s hares Mr T, Secs, Zidane and Anagram, who were awarded an enthusiastic “26 out of 10” for a very interesting and fairly challenging trail. Hash Virgins and returnees were introduced and welcomed, including “Junior Miss Congeniality”: 5yo Anna – who made no secret of the fact that she was thoroughly enjoying herself!
With the Circle closed and darkness looming, we reluctantly decided it was time to leave, so we cleaned up, re-filled the bus, and enjoyed a pleasant drive back to Lily’s Baradise, serenaded by ‘the back seat singers’.
Next week’s trail will be on Long Son Island – hopefully finishing at the popular restaurant 999 with its famous Long Son chicken. Junior hashers will no doubt also remember the ‘balloon man’ from run 927!
Explainer – Hashing in Vung Tau: VTH3 moved to a new Hash kennel at Lily’s Baradise (formerly Tommy’s), at 3 Le Ngoc Han, Ward 1, in February. At the same time, a breakaway group was formed as ‘VTCH3’ in a clumsy attempt to confuse the situation; it’s regrettable but not surprising that they still haven’t created a separate brand to show that Vung Tau supports two different Hash chapters.
Meanwhile, the real VTH3’s ongoing story continues on this site and social media, and we also communicate via our official mailing list – to which all friends of VTH3 are welcome (scroll down our home page to HOW TO JOIN US > STEP 3).
Footnote: We continue to reassess our activities every week to ensure compliance with the VN government’s latest Covid-19 edicts and advice; we wish all friends and fellow residents of Vung Tau a virus-free journey through these uncertain times – please stay safe!
RUN 934 PHOTO GALLERY