NOVEMBER 8 2020
Hares: Bull Ant, Chippy, Secs, Mr. T
Hash Flashers: Chom Chom, Secs, Mr. T, Danny, Ken Bao
Report: Chom Chom
Another Sunday, another great afternoon of fun, exploration and excitement as Run 958 took us on an away trail to Nui Dinh.
The weather was looking perfect as our eager Hashers started to arrive at Tommy’s for the regular 1pm registration. We welcomed Zidan as our new chief of cash, or properly titled Hash Cash and with the assistance of Mr. T, registrations were dealt with efficiently and effectively. In the meantime, the eskies of beer and soft drinks were being loaded up, together with fruit and other Hash necessities.
We departed swiftly at 1.30pm with a fuller than usual bus, packed to a similar style as a tin of sardines, with our handy plastic stools assisting in the isles. A few spots of rain and some dark skies provided an element of concern for our Hashers, but luckily this was short lived.
Upon arriving at the top of Nui Dinh, the start of this week’s trail, the eskies and Hash supplies were loaded into a car to be transferred to our nearby Down Down location.
So On On we went as we walked back down the main road for a while before turning right into the forest. Here, Secs gave us the overview of the trail ahead and the various options, including the newly introduced “Hash Lite”.
Almost immediately we reached the first challenge, a fast-moving river, complete with rocky unstable stones. Whilst many took their shoes off and carefully manoeuvred across, others went for the fast-track approach by simply walking through the crystal-clear water. Thanks to Anagram for his helping hand on the other side. From here, things got much more relaxing and we continued through the forest on a sandy path. Many streams and waterfalls greeted us along the trail with some great photo opportunities together with the natural sound of nature. This was until Zidan came along with his boom box!
We passed through bamboo arches, more streams and lakes and eventually arrived at a road. This is where the all-new “Hash Lite” came in. Those wanting an easier, shorter trail, could turn left along the road back to the Down Down spot, whilst those wanting more of a challenge could continue further up the mountain and then around, back to the road. Hashers made up their minds and chose their direction.
The regular trail added about 30 minutes onto the trail and took a steep rocky climb up the mountain. Again there were more waterfalls and streams to be heard and enjoyed.
The Down Down was at a new location this week, a smallish, rather basic but comfortable cafe, beside a river. It had a beautiful bridge that many Hashers took to their selfies and group photos. By now the drinks were super chilled and we sat down and enjoyed the fruit and refreshments on offer. We had pre-ordered food and were completely spoilt with the salad, rice soup and chicken that was continuously provided. There was just so much! In fact, there was takeaway chicken for those that wanted a snack later.
A group photo was taken on the heart bridge and then the car was loaded once again to take the eskies and Hash supplies back to the bus, located nearby on the main Nui Dinh road. We walked back to the bus in the dusk, loaded an eskie of drinks, and set off for the return journey to Vung Tau.
Upon returning to Tommy’s, many Hashers chose to stay on for a while for our Down Down Down and enjoyed the live music from Filipino couple, Perfect Jive Duo together with more cold beers and a game or two of Keno.
Another fabulous Sunday afternoon. See you all next time, On On!
RUN 958 GALLERY