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09 April 2017
MINH DAM BASE - "Just monkeying around..."
Hares: Flying Finn, Slipper
Hash Flash: Paddy
Today’s weather is sunny as we welcome Hashers at Hon Ru Ri to join the run at Minh Dam Base.
We boarded the Hashmobile and picked up Hope Solo, and then Terminator’s family and Smokey at Seaview, Bus Stop at the coffee shop and Paddy already at Minh Dam area.
When we arrived, Hare Flying Finn showed the driver to stop near the Monkey Pagoda and drop us off then drive to the Minh Dam car park.
We walked to the Monkey Pagoda and our Chalk-Talk was observed by curious monkeys: “We all walk up the mountain and reach the houses of the monks, then turn right and the trail is split into two, on the right is the shortcut to the car park, and the left is the mountain trail that leads up to the lookout rock, then follow the red tape down to the water reservoir, and go around the big rock to come back at the split trail, then take the shortcut trail to the Down Down.”
Then it was “On-On” to the mountain. As we climbed we were followed and observed by curious monkeys; it seems they look forward to the Hashers giving them food.
When we reached the houses of the monks, some Hashers split to go the shortcut and two Hash Virgins took the challenge of going to the lookout rock for some photos. Then we all coming down to the water reservoir and follow the red tape to pass around the big rock and return where the trail split. We then took the shortcut trail to the Down Down, where our ice cold San Miguels were waiting and some delicious snacks provided by Foodie Mother Teresa.
As some time passed, we realised we were still missing five Hashers, but two of them are experienced so they are not lost but arrived at the wrong Down Down(!). We called each other and they said they will walk from Monkey Pagoda to the Car Park. We started our Group Photo and the Circle so we can pick them up on the way back, since the driver said the road from Monkey Pagoda to the Car Park is quite long.
Basil donned the Chain of Office and after the Group Photo we started a quick Circle with a welcome message, then Hares Flying Finn and Slipper were invited into the Cirlce and Returnee SamOnHash to rate today’s trail: “It’s been some time and when he return to the Hash, the trail today is very good,” so he gave today’s trail 8/10.
We then bring in the Hash Virgins, Ms Hoa and Ms Lien first time in the Hash and Ms Hien who was introduced by Smokey. A Hash Virgin song is performed by Basil.
We then bring in the Returnees, SamOnHash and Tiny Rabbit, with their excuses of “Travel” and “Schoolwork”, so we welcome them back with a beer, and water for Tiny Rabbit.
We skipped the Sinners since they not here yet and we might have to pick them up on the way, so we moved on to announce that next week’s trail is still in Long Hai and the Hares are Mr Dan, Chippy, Yu Bok and SamSon who had set and marked the trail two days ago.
We then bring in Foodie Mother Teresa and thanked her for always providing us with Russian delicacies.
Last announcement was that the Astro Family will be leaving us for Italy sometime in June, so we wish them good luck and friends should spend their time hanging out before they leave; and if they come back to Vung Tau in the future, we shall “see them again”. When the Circle ended, we phoned the missing Hashers and realised they are halfway up to the Car Park, so instead of going to pick them up, we waited for them with ice cold San Miguels and the group was finally re-united. Then it is all happy singing on the way home to end this week’s run.
We’ll meet again on Sunday, as always, at Hon Ru Ri: 2 pm for 2.30 pm start.