Lots more travel to come, with several new places plan to visit, and two major hash events to participate in.
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  • Day226

    Hike to and on Seawall Beach

    August 14 in the United States ⋅ ☀️ 21 °C

    Sunday was a nice day for a beach walk, so headed out for a 10 Km hike over Morse Mountain to Seawall Beach on Small Point. It's beautiful out there.
    It has been about 50 years since I was last in Maine, so have little recollection of my previous visit. It has been a blast hashing, and finding all sorts of seafood to dine on, as well as doing some walking around seeing the sites. Next stop, Massachusetts.

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  • Day225

    PorME H3 #762

    August 13 in the United States ⋅ ⛅ 22 °C

    After the adventure that was the Knightvillain H3 a couple days ago, arrangements were made for the PorME H3 on Saturday. The Portland hashers are very friendly and accommodating, and our hare (Tight Lipped) set a fun romp around South Portland. This 3 mile A to B excursion took us from the Spring Point Tavern, out through Bug Light Park and down through Ferry Village ending at Trojan Horse’s house where we were treated with guacamole and salsa, followed by enchiladas of various fillings, after a short but impressive circle. Was great to meet the local hashers for a fun day, and many thanks to the hare and hostess for the hashpatality.Read more

  • Day223

    Knightvillain H3 #306

    August 11 in the United States ⋅ ☁️ 21 °C

    When I visited the Syracuse Hash on Monday, I mentioned that I had found hash clubs and would be hashing in Vermont, Maine, Massachusetts, and New Hampshire. One of the hashers mentioned there were two hash clubs in Portland, but did not recall the name of the one on Thursday . . . so after a bit of looking around, I found an event listed for the Knightvillain H3 on Thursday. So after hashing in Vermont on Wednesday, it was a quick drive to Portland to join them. Given the name, and the fact there was a full moon the same night, I figured it may be the local FM Hash. But that is not the case, the Knightvillains run every Thursday evening, and as you can see above, this was their 306th.

    Juggling the info on several new hash clubs in this region, I mistakenly thought it was starting at 6:30, but after checking into the hotel, I realized the start was at 6, so jumped in the car and off I went. The event listing as you can see in the pictures, stated the start was at 69 Providence, but clicking on it did not bring up a map. So copied and pasted that into Google Maps, and 69 Providence St popped up, only 4 miles away, so easy. Arriving at the street at 5:50, I slowly drove down the road looking for 69, and there was none . . . it went from 55 to 77 on the odd side of the street, so looked on the other side, just in case. Nothing. Wondering if it was just hashers changing the number for fun, I looked in Google Maps again, and noticed there was also a Providence Ave on the other side of town. I posted a question on their FB page, and got an immediate response that it was indeed on Providence Ave.

    Making the 15 minute drive across town (South Portland is actually a different city), upon arrival I looked around for hashers. Nothing. Knocked on the door, no answer. So wondered if they had already started, and looked around for marks . . . nothing. Thinking I was either getting pranked, or something else hinky was going on, I sat in the car and waited for 15 minutes thinking if no one showed up, I’d just have to leave. But just before pulling away, two people who looked like hashers walked up, and confirmed this was the place. They walked around to the back yard, and found the hare, and in the end it was just 5 of us on trail.

    Our hare set a fun trail around town, using blue chalk . . . unfortunately the streets are literally covered with blue spray painted arrows for future maintenance work. Close inspection was required for each mark throughout. Our pack of 4 hashers swerved our way through the first couple miles, and finding a check at one point, we split up and looked for marks. One went right, and I went straight and found only one mark. As I was coming back, I saw the hasher who went right coming my way, as if to say he found nothing. So I started heading over to the left to see if there were marks down that street. Well, after making a big loop back to the left I eventually came back to the check, and they were all gone. So figured they must have found the trail over to the right, and had run on . . . but did no mark the check. I ran out that way, and eventually found an arrow and followed the trail on to the finish another mile and a half or so away.

    Upon arrival, I jokingly said thanks for marking the checks, only to find out that the pack had not found trail at that check, and had run the trail backwards to the start. So we had lots to talk about in circle, the hare got roasted for blue chalk, the pack got roasted (the other three) for giving up on trail, and fun was had by all. We all had a good laugh, drank some beers, sang some songs, and then started talking about the PorMe Hash scheduled for Saturday. Come to find out, it was a generic marker event, and there was no hare. In the end, arrangements were made, a hare volunteered, and now we have a trail for tomorrow . . . Hooray!
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  • Day223

    Stowe, Vermont to Portland, Maine

    August 11 in the United States ⋅ ☁️ 20 °C

    After an interesting visit to Vermont, and a fun day with the Burlington H3, it was time once again to move on. I had a leisurely 200 mile drive through New Hampshire, that included a stop in Gorham to have lunch and do my laundry, then a hike up the Rattle River Trail for a look around, and a skinny dip in a water hole. The drive into Maine was uneventful, and arrived just in time to check into the hotel and get changed, before heading to the hash.Read more

  • Day222

    Burlington H3 #740

    August 10 in the United States ⋅ ☀️ 23 °C

    After a long drive up from Syracuse, NY . . . I was able to catch a trail in Burlington, Vermont. The instructions said to bring a flotation device, but I don’t have such things in my backpack, so just turned up and hoped for the best. Fortunately, one of the other hashers had an extra innertube and all was well. We had a pack of about a dozen, and shortly after the hares set off, we ran after them with an innertube over our head or wrapped around a shoulder, and made our way through the small town of Jeffersonville. We certainly must have looked funny running through the middle of town, and after about 2 miles we found ourselves on the shores of the Lamoille River.

    The hares had arranged an assortment of shots there (I don't drink on trail, so just jumped into the water), before we all jumped on our tubes and started floating down river . . . but VERY slowly. The water was barely moving, and it would take us over an hour to go the one mile that was planned for trail. Not to mention that it was about 9:30 by the time we finished, and the last half hour was in pitch dark solitude (I think there was a consensus, that we all had had enough floating by that point), with nothing other than the laughs and yelps of our fellow hashers to let us know we were not alone on the river. Just in the last few minutes of floating, the nearly full moon popped up over the horizon and lit things up just a bit. The water was cold, but tolerable . . . right up until we jumped off our tubes, and the cold night air hit our backsides . . . THEN, we realized just how cold things could be.

    With about a quarter mile walk back to the cars, we made a quick change to dry clothes, and had a short circle. With my teeth a chattering . . . I thanked the hares, and said goodbye to the pack, and headed back to Stowe for a hot shower and a warm bed. Many thanks to the Burlington H3 for a mostly fun day on the hash.
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  • Day221

    On the road from Syracuse to Stowe

    August 9 in the United States ⋅ ⛅ 21 °C

    Yesterday was a 6 hour drive from Syracuse, NY to Stowe, VT for the next hashing adventure. It was 250 miles of beautiful forested mostly two lane backroads, passing through many cool little towns in upstate New York. The final hour or so was through similar roads in Vermont.

    Stowe is actually a winter ski haven, but has also become a summer getaway region with tons of hiking trails and craft breweries, small shops, and various restaurants. Very nice area to hang out for a couples days, while I get the opportunity to hash with the Burlington H3 tonight, about an hour away. More on that tomorrow after the hash.

    I probably should have stopped to take more scenic pictures, but in many cases there was no place to pull off the road . . . so all the photos are from behind the wheel.
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    Have great trip thanks for stopping to visit [Tim Crumb]

  • Day220

    Syracuse OnOnDoga H4 #583

    August 8 in the United States ⋅ ⛅ 26 °C

    Announced as the 8th Anal Britney Bash, where everyone is supposed to dress up like Britney Spears . . . as two of the pack, also born on this day, along with BS herself, were the hares. It was a slightly larger pack than they normally get, with 30 present by the circle afterwards, it was a full on party atmosphere. Theme hashes are not my thing, but the pack seemed to be having a good time. It was hot all day, and by mid afternoon the temps were hovering around 95F. But then a storm blew threw and drenched the trail, washing away any mark that had been preset. As we set off, the lead hare ran along with us, but after a half mile he concluded that there were no marks left at all, and took off with a head start and reset trail.

    I gotta be honest, the trail was not that great. Marks were sporadic, and we basically ran straight to the beer stop and back, with a second beer stop thrown in for good measure (so there was lots of standing around), but everyone was having a good time. I was told this is not their usual type of trail, so I’ll just chalk this one up as being in town for an event rather than a usual trail.

    At the first beer stop, at a local craft brewery, they held a Britney Spears trivia contest, and gave out prizes, along with beers for everyone. The circle at the end was fun, with all the usual down downs, and then we had a birthday party with pizza and cake after. All in all, a fun time on my first trail with this hash club. Next week, they will be holding their 10th anniversary event, so cheers to the SOH4.
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  • Day220

    On the road, from Ithaca to Syracuse

    August 8 in the United States ⋅ ⛅ 30 °C

    Making my way from Ithaca to Syracuse today for my next hash adventure, I had a leisurely yet amazingly beautiful drive up along Cayuga Lake. Saw numerous vineyards and cider mills, along with all the grapes and apple orchards, and many fields of corn and other agricultural commodities. Made a couple stops along the way to see some sights, including the Women’s Rights National Historic Park in Seneca Falls. Passed by Congress June 4, 1919, and ratified on August 18, 1920, the 19th amendment legally guarantees American women the right to vote. It was a great day.Read more