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11 December 2016
SMALL MOUNTAIN - "The Finn trail!"
Hares: Andy ("Skipper"), Flying Finn
Hash Flash: Knight. Circle photos: Ice Water, Hope Solo
Today is raining but not much since it is only after-effect of the incoming storm. And it didn’t stop 21 Hashers gathering at Hon Ru Ri café for today’s “Finn Trail”.
When it’s time to go, Hare Flying Finn start his chalk-talk at Hon Ru Ri, that we walk to Phan Chu Trinh street and go to Hem 298, walk up to the look-out rocky area below Jesus Statue, then follow the 3 dots and red tape that go along the rocky area, then you will reach the stairs to Jesus Statue. Then walk up to Jesus until you see the trail turn left, go along and down to the look-out area, then walk down the village and back to Phan Chu Trinh and Hon Ru Ri.
We all walked to Phan Chu Trinh and found Hem 298; it was further than last week’s trail and based on that, the junior Hashers wanted to rate today’s trail. As we walked up to a muddy road, we came out to the good view of the abandoned house below the look-out area.
At this time, the area is full of young couples, friends and motorbike club members, all coming to this place for a photo; we walked past them and followed the red markers to rocky trail.
It is a little bit challenging for the youngsters but they had help from the adults to pass this trail. We told them, “You can boast to your friends that you cleared the challenge”. Other locals and tourists saw us reach the stairs from the side of the mountain, and decided to challenge themselves with the “Finn Trail”.
We walked the stairs and then found the trail that led to a familiar trail for Basil. He said that he tried once to set this trail but it was overgrown after a week of rain, but now the trail is clear because of the forest rangers.
As we walk down the trail and turn to the side, we found old abandon cannons that should have been overgrown years ago, but now are clear again thanks to those rangers, so we happily snap some photos.
As we reached the look-out area, there were now more people. Then we walked down the village to reach Phan Chu Trinh and back to Hon Ru Ri.
By this time, Basil’s group was a bit late and some other Hashers had business to attend to, so after the team photo (in the dark) they couldn’t attend the Circle, but we held it anyway.
A quick welcome message from Ringmaster Basil and move to rate the trail, with Perro Caliente as the only volunteer. “A great trail that deserves a 15/10, but deduct 3 because the trail is long,” so today’s trail 12/10.
Hash Virgin Mr Knight had to leave for his business, so we moved on to the Hash Names for Mr Andy and Ms Lucy. Andy who helped set the trail is a Master of Marine, so his Hash name is "Skipper". Ms Lucy decide her Hash name is “Vagabond” since in the past she lived and travelled and never stayed in one place very long.
Then announcement for Lady D first, she said because she couldn’t extend her visa so she leaves now and will return after February to join the “Huge Event” (joint run with Saigon and Pattaya Hashes in March as part of the VTH3 25th year celebrations).
Then announcement for the “Huge Event” next year, we want every Hasher to gather at Hon Ru Ri, because if we pick up every Hasher along the way we will be late to reach the destination and we have to coordinate the timing with the other two Hash groups.
Finally an announcement for the VTH3 Christmas Party on Sunday, 18 December: the price is 200k per adult and 100k for juniors (includes meal, drinks, prizes, fun, etc). So Sunday’s trail will be a local one to give everyone time to shower and change for the party, which will start at 18:30. There are no dress rules for an informal end of year Christmas Party - just wear whatever clothes you feel comfortable in!
We’ll meet on Sunday, as usual, at Hon Ru Ri: 2 pm for 2.30 pm start!