JANUARY 3 2021
MINH DAM MOUNTAIN
Hares: Anagram, Bull Ant, Chippy, Mr.T, Secs
Hash Flashers: Chom Chom, Mr. T, Chippy
Ringmaster: Chom Chom
Sunday 1pm at Tommy’s Restaurant and Bar and this week’s Hash begins with a merry band of volunteers eagerly assembling enough supplies to sink a proverbial battleship. Meanwhile Zidane and Bull Ant check in our many registered Hashers.
Preparations complete and with the Hashmobile packed to capacity we are soon on our way along the picturesque coastal road towards Long Hai and ultimately our destination of Minh Dam Mountain.
We arrived at the starting point where Hare - Secs - explained that this was a simple but challenging trail. We’re to follow the dirt road for about 1km until we see red ribbons indicating to turn left. There we are going to enter the forest and follow a well defined trail until it takes us under the jungle canopy. This is where we’re going to begin a climb up the many steps that would take us to a magnificent view from a hermit’s house, perched two thirds of the way up the mountain. From there we are to walk around the house and continue up the remaining steps to the lookout point at the top. Then we’re to descend to the carpark by following the steps that go down the other side of the mountain.
On-on we go, our many Hash House Horrors running excitedly ahead. We reach the red ribbons and turn into the forest. After a pleasant stroll in the countryside, we begin the grueling, rocky steps up to the summit. We find that the trail is well maintained and many of us are so pleased to discover that some kind soul has built a rope handrail, allowing us to pull our way up the steep incline. We reach the hermit’s house where we are greeted with a spiritual view of the landscape. It’s a welcome respite and we stop to catch our breath while gazing in awe at the beautiful landscape. Breath caught, we push ourselves up the remaining steps to the summit.
A vast, cerulean sky greets us at the top, and we are afforded beautiful sunshine, a cool, fresh breeze and an awesome view atop the magnificent boulders reaching in to sky. Perfect for cooling down after a hard climb.
And selfies…………so many selfies!
Selfie time over, we follow the easy trail down to the carpark and the down-down begins!
Fending off a troop of marauding monkeys we satiate ourselves with ice cold beverages, fruit and a new addition to our usual culinary repertoire - Vietnamese Sausage Rolls!
In addition to the usual delights this week we have a special occasion - one of our dedicated junior Hashers, Lucy, is celebrating her 13th Birthday. A sumptuous cake, delicious smoked beef jerky and a very expensive, very smooth and very much appreciated bottle of whisky were provided courtesy of Lucy and her mum Helen. Thanks and Happy Birthday!
With the celebrations in full flow we take a break to take the team photo and Ringmaster Chom Chom calls to order the circle.
This week our Hares are Anagram, Bull Ant, Chippy, Secs and Mr.T. The trail is rated with many bids ranging from 9 to 46 out of 10 but the general consensus was an excellent trail.
A grand total of eight Virgins this week mostly hailing from Vung Tau, with a couple from HCMC and UK are baptised in to the Hash. Welcome!
Three Returnees this week Chris and his two sons had been working in HCMC. Welcome back!
In the Sinners circle this week we have Mr. T who’d had an unfortunate accident ripping his shorts, Velko for having shorts that apparently looked they were trimmed with a tablecloth and finally Anagram who had committed the heinous crime of wearing white socks with sandals - in his defence he pleaded that he was born very close to the German border.
With the circle complete, eskies empty and trash collected the Hashmobile is once again boarded and in inimitable VTH3 fashion our Hash House Performers sing and dance all the way back to Tommy’s.
Another great day out with VTH3 - see you next week!
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