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NUI DINH - "Back to nature..."
Hares: Faulty Brakes, Mr T
Hash Flash: Paddy
Last week we said “safe trip” to Astro Family, and this week we welcomed 27 Hashers including Hash Flash Paddy and two friends waiting for us in Ba Ria city.
When we reached the top of Dinh Mountain we saw lots of tourists this time rather than the usual devotees, they all come to swim at the “fairy” stream.
Finally reaching our starting point, Hare Mr T went with the bus to live-mark the “challenge trail” while Hare Faulty Brakes start his chalk-talk: “The trail starts by walking down the road a few metres and then turn left at the red tape, then walk down the dirt road to a bridge over a stream, continue until you see the markings made by a bike club with some of our red tape, continue to the jungle and Hashers will come out near the lake coffee shop, then either walk to the bus or take the challenge trail where Hare Mr T is waiting.”
So “On-On” we follow, and when we reach the bridge, we found tourists also took a swim at the stream and they happy to pose for our Hash pictures.
We then saw the bike club marking with our red tape, so we walk uphill a bit and turn left to the forest.
The trail from here on is almost flat land, so we leisurely walk to the thick jungle now fully grown after the rain, but it had been controlled by the locals so we can clearly see the trail as we walk.
After a while, we come across a local digging for ingredients to make traditional medicines, some Hashers curious and ask him questions.
We then come across more mountain bikers and when we ask are they from the same biker club they’re just regular mountain bikers following their hobby.
We finally arrive at the lake coffee shop where Hare Mr T is waiting. He gave us a choice for either continue the uphill challenge trail, or go back to the bus, and we choose the latter! (other groups took the challenge trail).
When we reach the bus, with our ice cold San Miguels to help wash down the thirst, the groups that had taken the challenge trail came back to the Down Down and we all handed them the well-deserved refreshments.
After a few minutes, we took an early team photo and Circle because everyone has arrived safely, so why not?
Ringmaster Basil started the Circle with the welcome message, then brought in the Hares Mr T and Faulty Brakes. Rita nominated herself to rate the trail and gave them 10/10 because for her that was a nostalgic trail!
We then bring in the Hash Virgins for introduction. Ms Linh prefer the western name Alice because she lived in the Netherlands when she was a kid; Mr Hoang is Alice’s friend and he heard about the Hash from another friend, Ms Trang, who is Ms T’s auntie and was introduced to the Hash by Mr T! Norwegian tourists/visitors Jan and Liv-Edel were introduced by (Norwegian Hasher) Kojak: at first they don’t know what “Hash” means and don’t want to try it, but after today they changed their minds; and finally Mr Tuan who is a friend of Paddy. A Hash Virgin song is performed by Basil.
We bring in our Returnee that had been absent for a long time, Ice Water; her reason for absence is she had a twisted ankle so needed a good time to recover.
Sinners: we bring in Faulty Brakes and Jan for inappropriate footwear and Buddha for choosing not to do the challenge trail. Down Downs for them!
When we asked for next week’s Hares, Faulty Brakes volunteered to set a local trail. After that, Hashers were happy to go home and singalong on the bus, with the star act being a duet between Kojak and Faulty Brakes!
We’ll meet again on Sunday, as always, at Hon Ru Ri: 2 pm for 2.30 pm start.