7 JUNE 2020
Hares: Mr. T, Secs, Chom Chom
Hash Flashers: Chom Chom, Mr. T, Secs
There was plenty of activity at Lily’s Baradise (formerly Tommy’s) on Sunday afternoon, as more than 60 Hashers registered for the Big Mountain trail (maybe a record attendance for local runs?), then headed off in convoy/s for the swimming pool lodge at 112/42 Tran Phu.
Transportation parked, we set off on foot for the Võ Văn Kiệt school at 192 Tran Phu, where co-Hare Mr T explained that we were climbing up to the bunker overlooking Bãi Dâu (aka Strawberry Beach), then continuing through the undergrowth onto the Lucky Trail (named by Mountain Shrimp when she first showed us the trail used by locals to shortcut from their village to the shrimp drying yards near the lighthouse on Tran Phu).
It was a challenging climb to the bunker, but then began to level out in parts until we finally reached the extension of Hem 444 heading towards Ho May Park. This next section was a long trek, with plenty of shade for resting along the way – including a drinks stall selling thirst-quenching cups of green tea with lots of ice!
It was at this drinks stop that environmentally-responsible Ms Lua Le deposited two large plastic bags full of rubbish, empty bottles, etc that she collected along the way – a superb effort of leading by example!
Many photo opportunities of the shipyards, fishing village and occasionally Bai Dau later, we finally reached the turn-off to the shrines above the 620 steps down to the pagoda at 112 Tran Phu, then around the corner and up to the swimming pool at #42 – with most hashers heading for the eskies and ice-cold drinks, with others going straight for the pool!
The afternoon became a huge ‘family picnic’, with hashers all over the place swimming, drinking cold beer and softies, and/or helping themselves to the banh mi, veg and pork fillings and variety of fruits (incl. jack fruit) courtesy of today’s foodies: Misses Canh, Tang Lan and Thao (with contributions and catering supervised as always by Aqua…).
Hashers were enjoying themselves so much (especially the 18 or so junior hashers in the pool!) that it was difficult to keep everyone still for the team photo, so it was then decided to let the playing(!) and relaxing continue uninterrupted and forego the Circle this week. It therefore remains only to thank the Hares Mr T, Secs and Chom Chom for an interesting trail and excellent Down Down venue, and all the various volunteers who help make Sundays so enjoyable for all of us – and remember there are at least three sinners for next week after being spotted shortcutting Ho May Park road on the back of local motorbikes!
No decisions yet on next week’s trail, but details will be announced on this website and via the mailing list when known. Please don't forget to register and help MMC manage the logistics!
Explainer – Hashing in Vung Tau: VTH3 moved to a new Hash kennel at Lily’s Baradise (formerly Tommy’s), at 3 Lê Ngọc Hân, Ward 1, in February. At the same time, a breakaway group was formed as ‘VTCH3’ in a childish attempt to confuse the situation; it’s regrettable but not surprising that they still haven’t created a separate brand to help potential hashers understand there are two Hash chapters in Vung Tau, not one.
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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!
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