JULY 26 2020
MINH DAM - LONG HAI
Hares: Mr.T, Anagram, Bull Ant, Secs, Chippy
Hash Flashers: Secs, Mr. T, Chom Chom
Bright sunshine greeted the more than 60 Hashers who gathered at Lily’s (formerly Tommy’s) for Sunday’s away run at Minh Dam mountain. Many juniors and their parents are making family visits around the countryside during school holidays, so this week’s attendance was higher than expected but very welcome–the more the merrier!
MMC and volunteers iced the drinks and fruit and loaded the Hashmobile, then off we went to Minh Dam. We dismounted about 45 minutes later and hiked towards the mountain and co-Hare Sec’s Chalk Talk at a turn-off into the somewhat muddy undergrowth, which provided welcome shade from the blazing sun. Then it was “On on” to the top, via several muddy tracks, two sets of steps (total approx 1,200), and a hermit’s hut, before finally reaching one of the best lookouts in the province, with complete 360° views of the surrounding areas and East Sea.
After lots of fun scrambling around the rocks and many selfies later, we took the downhill trek to the Minh Dam Secret Zone car park, unloaded the banh mi, fruit and drinks and enjoyed a well-earned rest before gathering for the group photo by Hash Flash Chom Chom and then the Circle called by duty Ringmaster Uncle.
The ‘medium difficulty’ trail was awarded 15 points (out of a maximum 10), because it was challenging in parts but shady and very scenic, so congratulations and “Down Down” to this week’s Hares: Mr T, Secs, Chippy, Anagram and Bull Ant, who not only set the trail but did a tremendous job shepherding the pack to ensure no one got lost or left behind!
A long line of Hash Virgins and returnees were welcomed, then a special ‘bon voyage’ Down Down for regular Hasher Pekka2, heading back to Finland on Wednesday. He’ll be back again soon, travel restrictions permitting.
The Circle was closed with the usual request for everyone to remind their friends to wear sensible shoes when joining us on the Hash–especially juniors–because a twisted ankle is not very comfortable when halfway up a mountainside!
As usual, next week’s run details will be advised via the website and mailing list when confirmed; please don’t forget to register, so the hardworking MMC can ensure sufficient food and drinks for everyone!
Explainer – Hashing in Vung Tau: Earlier this year, a Hasher who had been banned for anti-social behaviour convened an invalid AGM (he had no authority to convene anything!), and elected a ‘new’ committee by falsely claiming the incumbent MMC had been voted out–which was as untrue then as it is today. That breakaway group still haven’t developed their own identity–preferring instead to ‘copy and paste’ our VTH3 branding and history, when all they would need to start a valid alternate Hash is to think of a (different) name and launch it!
*Hint: there’s no legal requirement to register names, logos, trademarks, etc for clubs or hobby groups–you need only perform due diligence to ensure the branding you’d like to use is not already in use by someone else (as ours has been since 1992!).
Meanwhile, the real VTH3’s storied history 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 an infection-free journey through these still uncertain times–please be aware, avoid complacency and, above all: stay safe!
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