SCRIBE: Susan ReeceHARES:
Well, once again here I am in this beautiful island of Trinidad. I am sitting on the front step waiting for my Trini friend to
pick me up. My white legs which haven't seen the sun in quite a while are
dazzling in the sun, competing with my new sneakers which I hurriedly bought
this morning, so I could go on this hash. I forgot about trini time so I've had
time to admire the deep blue of the sky above, with its puffy white
clouds, the vibrant flowers and the soothing tropical green of the
vegetation and trees around. Looks like the rain has let up and we should have
a nice dry hash. Eventually, my friend pulls up with a screech! "Jump in
man! We have half an hour to reach St. Joseph!" We take the Eastern Main Road to avoid the highway road works and make it to the
hash site by 3.30.... good time!
The hash site is at the top of what must be the highest hill in the old
historic town of St. Joseph, once the capital of Trinidad in days of old,
I am told. Only new modern houses up here though, some very big impressive
ones. We park on a steep road which ends at a plateau before going back down
the hill on the other side. As we jump out of the car, the view is
mind-blowing, stretching down to the south west across the central plains and
hills. However, as we admire the view we also see a ring of angry looking black
clouds bearing down on us from the north-east. Within ten minutes, the downpour
is on us, drenching the 100 or so eager hashers standing on the hill. We
have jumped back into the car to avoid the rain, but suddenly, the crowd is
moving, running down the hill like a trial of army ants,
forging forward no matter what! We look in dismay... well .. we either get
out and join them or get left behind. So ....onward, like true hashers ...rain
or shine! Within 2 seconds, I am drenched down to my underpants!
We tear off down the hill through the housing development and soon
get onto another empty plateau which leads along the side of an enormous
precipice, which is not so bad when one realises it goes down in
levels. The going is slow as the timid ones pick their way down the stony
narrow trail which is now getting quite slippery from the rain and all the
passing feet. We go down along a road through a village, more fancy
houses and are soon climbing up and up and up again. Eventually, at the
top of the development, someone says "Look
behind you!".......the view is mind-blowing.....the CaroniSwamp, the Central plains, the Gulf of Paria...even the San Fernando hill. I pause to catch my breath and admire the view. All around me
people are huffing and puffing, some groaning, some whining. Some need coaxing
with the words "We are almost there... ten more steps!" When we get
to the end of the tarmac road, however, the trail goes on around a corner
on to a dirt road and...up, up, up again. Some protest vehemently
and declare they are going back. I forge onwards...the views and the cool
weather have inspired me and I look forward to the bush and wilderness ahead.
Soon, we come to an empty house spot which any future aspiring
home builder would give his arm for. At this point, the harassed
hare thankfully tells the whiners that there is a short cut. I am
determined to do the whole hash and head for a path in the distant
trees. It soon goes downhill very steeply and most of us slide down on
our rear ends. At the end are two young village boys having a good
laugh at all the brown bottoms!! Guess what?...up again up about 89
steps (I counted them!) cut into the hill. I admire the people who have to walk
up these steps every day! We trudge on up, through more bush and finally reach
the ridge. Unbelievably, the views just keep getting better and the coolness up
here gives me extra energy. Then down (you guessed it!) through tall trees
where we are given the option of another short cut..ten minutes to the site...
We decline and run (walk) another 20 minutes down through the development
before climbing the hill back up to the site. I do not get in first (need I
say!) but have done the whole hash and feel very good. A well deserved beer is
in order! Also delicious burgers from a barbecue pit on top of a
pick-up! I spend the rest of the evening in good company with these very
amiable and welcoming hashers!
See you next time!
ON ON .to
19 down 7
more to go! Run #667 was dubbed the Redemption Run by almost banned hasher
Harold. At the end of the day, I don't know who? or what? was redeemed.
The heavens broke, the rains came and Harold's sins were washed away. In
all fairness, there was some element of hashing involved, "the Sherpas
used here to train in the old days" I was told. The sweeper hares had
different versions of where the run was supposed to go but the beers were cold,
the burgers hot and the lime bubbling.
all these Virgins coming from?: Vita, Leela, Maria, Lena, Carolyn, Michelle, Maribel, Shelly,
Allison, Shiva, Alex, Graham, Gary, John John, Alan, Kenneth and
It was Yvonne and Nicolene's last run but they promised to come back.
for Poofter: Barbs
for running with an umbrella, the Hares for communicating with cell phones during
the run, come on guys, if you have to do this, you don't get it, Ash for using
body scrub and shampoo after the run, Slim for being Slim and Jonas for
claiming first place after the race, the Hash is not a race.
the popular vote, when one hare drinks all hares drink. Some had a little too
many rum shots.
Fundraiser Fete for Terrence, September 1st at Harvards, $150.00, .
A few people still have deposits for Tobago outstanding, final
payments due in September.
DIRECTIONS TO THE NEXT RUN #669
DATE:September 8, 2007
HARES:The Three Dicks
east along the Churchill Roosevelt Highway passing the two stone
pillars after Santa RosaHeights, and continue to the New
Cumuto Junction Traffic lights at Wallerfield. Turn right on these lights
onto Cumuto Main Road and follow the road
towards the Cumuto village looking for the HHH Signs. There will be food on
sale, $25.00 a box, followed by a lime at the village bar on the
668Aug 25 Andre AcheCumana (before Toco)
669Sep 8 The 3 DicksCumuto
670Sep 22Men who get leave (horn) run
671October 6The Fockers
672October 20Poker/Pat Bynoe/Ben Nivet
673November 3Simon Wescott/Alister
& 675November 10Tobago
677December 1The Life Guard Crew