JUNE 14 2020
Hares: Mr. T, Secs, Anagram, Velcro
Hash Flashers: Chom Chom, Mr. T,
Ringmaster: Rain stopped play
It was just starting to rain as 60+ Hashers gathered at Lily’s Baradise to pay run fees and load our assets onto the gleaming white Hashmobile for today’s away run on our favourite Nui Dinh mountain.
By the time we reached the run start near the end of Nui Dinh road, the rain had set in and visibility was down to less than 50 metres. We were fortunately granted permission to use a nearby restaurant for the Down Down (thanks to Mr T, Golden Fish and Chippy!), so “On On” we went and turned up a dirt track into the undergrowth after a Chalk Talk from co-Hare Secs that reminded everyone to follow the red tapes.
Today’s route was circular, A-A, with the mid-point being a huge rock that would provide panoramic views in the dry season. Unfortunately, our wet season has now begun in earnest, so today’s views were limited accordingly!
We continued around the undulating trail in small groups under the watchful eyes of the ubiquitous(!) Zidane, Anagram, Mr T and their fellow ‘human signposts’ helping to keep everyone on the right track. The rain was slowly beginning to ease a bit when we reached a long descent that required much care–especially for the junior Hashers and those not used to negotiating slippery, muddy tracks in the rain!
We crossed a rickety bamboo bridge, continued along the ‘up’ but now mostly ‘down’ track, and then were suddenly back on the main road with just a short hike to the restaurant where some Hashers had already started preparing the fruit to accompany the filled banh mi rolls; thanks to Aqua and all foodies including Ms Canh (fruit), Chippy (‘hardware’) and all the volunteer ‘slicers and dicers’!
Dry clothes were unpacked and ice-filled eskies opened, with lots of convivial chatter as the rain continued to ease–but not enough for anyone to leave the safe haven restaurant shelter!
Eventually, with darkness approaching but the rain not yet stopped, it was decided to take a team photo inside the restaurant then load the bus for our return trip to Lily’s Baradise.
Too wet for a Circle today (and no swimming pool!), but it’s a safe bet that Hares Secs, Velcro, Anagram and Mr T would have been awarded a high rating for the trail; and several Hash Virgins, returnees and visitors–including Russian travellers Nikita and Mariya–would have been given the usual warm ‘VTH3 welcome’. Instead, we were all treated to the Hash choir and ‘aisle dancers’ as our friendly driver switched on the disco lights for the journey home!
Details of next week’s trail will be posted on Thursday evening, as usual: so watch this space, and please don't forget to register as it helps our hardworking MMC volunteers to manage the logistics so we can all enjoy the day!
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 formed as ‘VTCH3’ in a childish attempt to confuse the situation; it’s not surprising that they still haven’t developed a separate brand to help everyone realise there are two Hash chapters in Vung Tau, not one. Instead, they continue to cut and paste from our website to theirs, including our logo, ‘running man’ graphic and a claim that they’ve been running since 1992 instead of only 4 months ago!
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:
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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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