Ascension : Hash Trash - Hash 1410
Submitted by The Islander (Islander Editors) 10.05.2012 (Article Archived on 24.05.2012)
It looked as if Bloodsucker had recruited all her friends to help clear trails this week, but where were they now?
Hash No: 1410
Hares: Bloodsucker, Tom Thumb, The last Turtle Head of Doom
Drop ‘em Blossom and Dancing with Sheep,
Hounds: Old Golly Waddler, Sniffy, Mucky Digger, Mucky Princess, Bladerunner
It looked as if Bloodsucker had recruited all her friends to help clear trails this week, but where were they now? True, football had kept a lot of hashers off their feet this afternoon but the American contingency don’t usually recognise this as a real sport or excuse for attending. The meeting place was at the parking bay down the track.
All ususal hazards applied, slippery slopes, wires and loose rocks and thorns. Hashers were reassured that most thorns had been removed unless they were going to be useful to hang onto down the slopes. They had spent 3 evenings claring trails during the week. Some hashers had come prepared, stowing letterbox books into a rucsac. On – on down the track towards the weather post hill, remembering one of Bladerunner’s previous hashes. A circle check at the ‘no further vehicle access’ signs, brought the hashers to a halt. On-on to the left into cricket valley.
The little people were keeping an eye out for the dinosaurs in the Jurassic landscape. Victor the vulcalump lived in this area for a million year or so after the island was created – if you need to know more about Victor – just ask Shari. The last Turtle Head of Doom and Sniffy were comparing notes of how the valley looked in the 80’s, 70’s 50’s and even 1940’s. Not all first hand evidence (how old does this pair look?) but photos and journals in the museum. Into the basin, keeping an eye on the guarva. Mucky Digger managed to find a golf ball or two on his journey, he left them there for future explorers to find. Mucky Princess kept confusing the shout of ‘on-on’ with the call ‘rat’. Sniffy tried to scare some of the hashers too with the same cal but was less convincing.
At last the coconut palms were above us and the Oatey’s Oasis letterbox beneath. Neither, the letterbox book nor Mr Macfell can explain who Oatey was (or is) and what he did to deserve a letterbox on Ascension, nor is there a date for when this became adopted as an unofficial letterbox. This island will always have it’s unsolved questions and mysteries big and small.
Stamps cleaned, book checked, pens and pads replenished, the route out was similar to the route in, meandering through the guava. Dipstick committed the crime of missing the circle check on the way, quite an unforgivable err (unless you were a hashmaster in previous life). Unable to see even Dipstick’s height above the undergrowth, hashers faithfully followed the on-on. Baderunner blew his Vuvuzela, leaving an echo ricocheting round the canyon. TLTHODoom once found this a mildly annoying sound, he is now more appreciative of Bladrunner’s musical skill – or perhaps it’s just the more people he scares, the funnier it is!
The climb out of the crater was easier knowing there was more refreshment waiting at the kegs. Chilli and chocolate washed down with friendly chat and teasing. Bloodsucker has announced that regular hashers will need to produce evidence of visiting the hash trail at some time during the week or face the Spiritual Advisor at the next gathering. Seriously, if you’ve managed to visit Oatey’s Oasis yet, this would be the ideal time to do so. Follow the hash while it’s still there and before the guava covers the track once again.
Thanks to Bloodsucker, Tom Thumb and the gang for opening the route up and taking us into the valley. A great hash.
Some were sure they remembered Simply Indiscreet offering his services for the next week, but Dangermouse wants to get there first.
Next week: 4.30pm from the Travellers sports field
Hares: Dangermouse and Bladerunner
Bring a plate of eats