FEBRUARY 28 2021
SNAKE MOUNTAIN - LONG HAI
Hares: Bull Ant, Jenny, Mr. T, Secs, Zidane
Hash Flashers: Chom Chom, Secs
Ringmaster: Chom Chom
Report: Chom Chom
The last day of the month, a Sunday, so that can mean only one thing – it’s Hash day. Crowds of Hashers started checking-in at Tommy’s to register for the day and to pay their run fees. In the background, keen volunteers helped load up eskies with the usual selection of soft drinks and beer. This week we had the bonus of enjoying new “cold-filtered” Saigon Chill thanks to the kind support of SABACO, the country’s leading beer producer. The day was kicking off to a great start.
There was a welcome return to the Hashmobile this week after several local trails over the Tet break. Hashers mounted and chose their seat, keen to be quick to ensure comfort, eskies were loaded together with food and all the other Hash goodies and at 1.30pm we embarked for the adventure ahead.
We soon got close to Phước Hải and progressed along the narrow road towards the mountain enjoying the great local scenery and vegetation combined with mountain views either side. With glorious sunshine we had been blessed with near perfect conditions.
Upon arrival Hashers disembarked and formed a group around lead-Hare Secs. For those that were interested, Secs explained the trail ahead – in three words it was essentially “up up up” and “follow red tape”. So On On it was as we headed towards the mountain along the asphalt road. On On it went as it twisted and turned, gradually and not so gradually advancing higher and higher. In the heat, with little shade, it was a rather taxing start for many. Eventually, one by one, our fragmented group of Hashers completed the road stretch and were greeted by Secs and Mr. T indicating the direction to head into the slightly shadier forest.
The path took us through a beautiful healthy green woods, flowers in bloom and with the addition of rocks and streams, many photo and selfie opportunities. Essentially though, we were still heading up up and it was still a long way to go.
After one or two water breaks, the peak was reached as we finally hit the assembly of rocks and the highlight of the day, Snake Head Rock. Hashers explored the area, climbing to the most remote parts in order to get the best selfies. Smiles galore with the views and of course the hope things had to get easier on the way down.
Eventually the journey down began as we set off on the peaceful path down the mountain. In most parts fairly easy although due to the dryness, a bit slippy. Through more forest we eventually found the civilisation of a house and we sneaked under their perimeter fence to get back onto a local road. From here it was a flat journey back to our Down Down spot.
We waited for the remaining Hashers to return as we enjoyed fruit, banh-mi, snacks and the specially selected seasonal fruits of the week, washing them down with the great selection of soft drinks, cold beers and our special guest beer, Saigon Chill. It was getting dark at this stage, so it was time to get the photo out of the way and the final ordeal of the day, the circle.
The circle was started by Chom Chom by introducing our five Hares and the rating of the trail – some great feedback from everyone, seemed as if today was a winner for all. We then welcomed our three virgins who also claimed to love their day and a welcome back to returnee Ben, HBO’s son, who had been busy golfing at The Bluffs and Paradise. Finally, Smiley was brought into the circle to celebrate her birthday and to cut the specially selected Hash birthday cake.
The day was almost complete and we boarded the bus once again for the return journey to Vung Tau. On arrival many Hashers chose to stay for the Down Down Down to enjoying more super-cold beers and Randy’s wood-fired pizza together with live entertainment from the Filipino stars, the Perfect Jive Duo at Tommy’s.
Another fabulous day with Vung Tau Hash (VTH3). Thanks to everyone that chose to join us. Looking forward to next Sunday. On On!
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