This past weekend I took in some pirate life with the SOs on a pirate-themed booze cruise to Flamingo Bay complete with a plank and rope swing. I didn't let go of the rope in time to avoid removing some vital skin from my hands, but I avoided Davy Jones Locker (and scurvy) and lived to tell the tale...ARGHHHH!
Hoisting the sails and our fearless Captain and crew
Yesterday I went on my very first hash! What is a hash? Dating back to 1938 in Kuala Lumpur, hashing is an event where participants (hashers) run, walk, hike, jump and slide through a trail that is usually cut or made just for the hash. The trail is marked by mounds of small strips of paper. At some points along the hash the strips of paper are set out in a large circle, marking that the trail has split and you must choose a way. Choosing the wrong way will lead you to an "X" (also made of the strips of paper), and choosing the correct way will lead you to another mound of paper strips. If one is unsure of which way to go they call out "Are you?" and wait for the response of "ON! ON!", which means that they have chosen the correct way. If the response is "ON BACK!" they must go back to the circle and continue down the other way. At the end of a hash the hashers participate in social drinking, eating and celebration.
In Grenada a hash last a little over an hour, is about four miles and is followed by a party where hashers eat, drink and haze the new hashers, which are referred to as virgins. Grenada hash #661 was my virgin hash and I am now an official hasher, I got hazed (sprayed with beers) and I have a certificate to prove it!
We set off from St. George to the Sauteurs in St. Patrick at the north end of the island. Our hash was up Mt. Rodney and ended back on the beach of Sauteurs. This was 661st hash by the Grenada Hash House Harriers. The 25th anniversary of hashing in Grenada is coming up on the second weekend in October.
Misha and I on the bus to Sauteurs
The rest of the bus (it was very crowded)
The beach in Sauteurs, St. Patrick
The start of the hash
Our team of virgins...all first time hashers
It really isn't a "trail", just a way of getting through the jungle, slightly chopped by machetes
A mound of paper marks the way
A glimpse of the "trail" conditions
A Grenadian millipede
We started off on the beach, at sea level and went straight up
The ocean on the horizon
What goes up, must come down
Starting down the steep, slippery, muddy hill
Coming back down to sea level
A really cool tree
A local cow
"Bad dog" warning
The house that the "bad dog" was guarding
The "trail" came out on a cement road which led us the rest of the way down to the beach
Grenadian dirt crabs
Back down at sea level
After completing our virgin hash
I tried some oil-down (the national dish of Grenada), with callaloo, carrots and breadfruit
My husband and I recently relocated to the Caribbean Island of Grenada in the West Indies. With two one-way tickets, we were whisked away to a location only miles from Trinidad and Tobago, and directly due East of Africa. Over the next 2 years he will attend medical school at St. George's University, here on the island. What will I do and what will we find?Read on to find out...