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LONG SON ISLAND - and a long, long trail!
On what was a very well attended run, some 34 Hashers boarded the bus at our host Vung Tau Cable Car Sao Bien 4 Restaurant and set off to the "mystical island" of Long Son.
It was a surprise for many to discover this trail, as it stepped away from our usual mountain slopes and instead encompassed a variety of trail types: easy and flat, sandy trails, uphill rocky savannah, downhill slopes, shady forest, tarmac road and cut brush. There was all kinds really, including tricky ground-level vines always ready to trip the unaware.
Yet all of this came with superb views along and below the ridge of Ap Ben Do hill. Yes, it was a testing trail, but mainly because it was a little longer than usual.
Eventually completing a full circle ("A" to "A"), we gathered at our destination exactly where we had started: on a football pitch!
We didn't have a football, but we did have cool San Miguel beers and soft drinks to ease our thirsts. Thanks also to D&G for the very tasty food she kindly shared!
VTH3 is a family Hash, and it was delightful to see those with apparently the most energy still running around and thoroughly enjoying themselves: our fast-growing, happy group of "Junior Hashers"!
The Circle was called by duty Ringmaster Rowdy Water, who nominated experienced Hasher Dolly to rate the trail. Whilst acknowledging it was on the long side, a generous 8/10 was nevertheless negotiated!
The Hash Virgins introduced themselves and were welcomed to VTH3: Phil, Anatoly, Thu, Nga, Thuy and Thuy. Returnees Tes, Vo and Blackhawk were similarly welcomed back.
Sinners? Yes, we had them for sure: 'Sex on the bus' and, a first for VTH3, 'Sitting on the bus'! Anything can be a sin if the charge is made eloquently enough!
In closing the Circle on what had been a very nice day, we learned the exciting news about next week's run. Hares Ronald Reagan, The Gardener and Ms Banana have set a brand new trail for us all - on a brand new mountain (for us!) in the never-before visited (by us!) Phu My district. It promises to be a wonderful day for all - and a great opportunity to invite family, friends and other Hashers to join us in exploring yet another corner of our "home province": Ba Ria-Vung Tau.
The bus trip to Phu My is, of course, a bit longer than our usual "away" runs, so everything has been brought forward an hour to help us all enjoy this unique expedition. So we'll meet at our usual venue, Sao Bien 4 Restaurant, an hour earlier than the usual time: 1 pm for 1.30 pm departure.
Please arrive in plenty of time to ensure you don't miss this historic opportunity, which is set to become one of the most talked-about outings of the year!
Hares: Rowdy Water, Ice Water, M. 'Arry
Hash Flash: Hard Drive. Additional photos Mr Son, Flying Finn
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