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BIG MOUNTAIN - Happy Lunar New Year of the Goat!
Communication has now been restored, so here's Rowdy Water's take on an extremely nice day, which was all about celebrating the New Lunar Year - and our first home run where the Down Down was held in our new home: Sao Bien 4.
In amongst the celebrations we had probably one of the ’cutest’ and most historic local runs imaginable. A super run without question, and awarded a well deserved 9/10 by Flying Finn Pekka.
With "Nui Lon" being our hill of the day we all went up and yes, it was steep; but it was also lovely, passing by wood yards, evading huge water pipes and looking over our collective shoulders: 'Wow, what great views of Vung Tau'!
We passed an historic French bunker never seen by VTH3 before - so it was a champion effort by our hares to find this route. We also passed through Ho May Park (the owners of Sao Bien 4), and past the very impressive Big Buddha statue before heading down Vi Ba Road. Taking a couple of sanctioned short cuts down the mountain, we then cut to the right and came down through the gardens of the White House and back to Sao Bien 4 - full circle!
Did those Hashers who couldn't make it today miss a genuine treat? Indeed they did! Delightful, home cooked Bo Kho (Vietnamese beef stew), along with pork bread and pickles very kindly brought by our two fabulous and supportive stalwarts Ice Water and Mountain Goat.
Accompanying the culinary delights was wine, beer and soft drinks - so onlookers could be forgiven for asking if the hash is turning into a collection of gourmet foodlovers! The short answer is "No", but it was genuinely 'super' to celebrate Tet as we did: together! Our sincere thanks to both ladies!
RW didn’t want to leave the dinner table, but he was 'dragged away' to perform Ring Master duties.
First up, of course, the hares - as already mentioned (9/10 for The Gardener, Ms Banana and Ice Water - well done, indeed!).
With the hares appreciated, we moved on to the Hash virgins: Miss Ngi and Henry (La France) were welcomed and then, with no sinners being charged, another ‘honesty’ question was raised: "Who sinned?"
There is no better volunteer than an honest one amongst peers: Taffy and Stubble stepped forward and two half pipes suddenly appeared, so our self-confessed sinners demonstrated to all and sundry how not to drink beer wearing their ‘encumbrances’ - all done in the best possible spirit and manner of the Hash, naturally!
Then followed a whisper of ‘Sex on the Hash’. "Tut, tut, tut" - we won't 'name names' as we like to deal with such things delicately... (but see photo gallery below - ed). The alleged guilty parties took their place as Hash sinners and Down Down'd in style!
We are extremely happy with our new surroundings at Sao Bien 4 and look forward to sharing them with everyone next week - even perhaps those who might be nursing "post-Tet" hangovers!
STOP PRESS (Friday): Rowdy Water and Ice Water have confirmed ANOTHER new trail on Big Mountain this Sunday - followed by a beachside Circle and Down Down at 83 Tran Phu. We'll meet in Sao Bien 4 restaurant at 2 pm for 2.30 pm start - if still unsure of the way, please follow the directions on our home page.
Hares: The Gardener, Ms Banana, Ice Water
Hash Flash: Flying Finn