SEPTEMBER 6 2020
MINH DAM / LONG HAI
Hares: Anagram, Bull Ant, Chippy, Secs, Mr. T
Hash Flashers: Chom Chom, Mr.T, Snowball, Secs
Ringmaster: Chom Chom
This week is our first away trail in several weeks after the easing of restrictions due to Covid-19. An excited herd of Hashers bundled on to the Hashmobile and soon we are hurtling towards our destination, Minh Dam mountain near Long Hai. We disembark under a blistering hot sun and follow co-Hare Secs along a dusty path and enter the forest. We stop in a shady glade and once we are all assembled Secs delivers the Chalk Talk. He tells us that this trail is about 4.5km, will take us up the mountain through two temples with awesome views and back to the Minh Dam Base car park. An obligatory reminder to follow the red ribbons and it’s On-On.
We leave the forest and find ourselves on a rocky path, surrounded by long, lush green grass. The path ascends gently and we hobble over rocks with the daunting view of the majestic mountain ahead of us. The relentless sun beating down on us we stop regularly to rehydrate looking back at the silhouetted views of Vung Tau that emerge behind us.
Thankfully we soon leave the grassy exposed plain and are now under the shade of a jungle canopy where we find a dilapidated set of stone steps that will take us to the temple. Step by step we push ourselves up along the verdant path until we emerge at the first temple.
Cheerful locals greet us with beaming smiles and offer us icy cold spring water to replenish our supplies. We take a break and then head up to the viewpoint where cool breezes cool and dry us as we look out at the spectacular view of the vast glistening ocean below us. Refreshed, we leave by another path at the back of the temple that leads us back in to the jungle.
After a few wrong turns the meandering path takes us to temple number two where we clamber on to the massive boulders that offer a dramatic setting for our shutterbugs. Many, many selfies later we are on our way again following the relatively easy path back to carpark.
Back at the base our ‘beer monitors’ have been busy and we wolf down ice-cold beverages, roast chicken, banh mi and fruit. Beer and conversation flows, the rock box rocks and our Hash House Hoofers are Cha Cha Cha-ing and Rumba-ing. With the sun setting there is just enough time to take the group photo before we board the Hashmobile. After ringmaster Chom Chom delivers a ‘bus circle’ thanking the Hares and reminding everyone about the party on 12 September, the frivolity continues with singing and dancing all the way back to Vung Tau.
Satisfactorily tired after another enjoyable Sunday in the fresh air and countryside most of us drift off in to the night while the usual suspect continue to indulge in some more liquid refreshment at our favourite bar and Hash Home Tommy’s Restaurant and Bar
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