|Credit: Grenada Hash Harriers website|
So Grenada has it’s own kennel… the Grenada Hash Harriers! Participating in a hash is a great way to explore the beautiful countryside of Grenada and a great way to meet locals and visiting cruisers, and expats living in Grenada.
The hash for the Saturday I chose was Hash #842, Belmont Street, St. George's. It began at a small bar called Lucy's Snack Shop.
Everyone arrives about an hour before the hash...milling around, regaling each other with memories of past hashes and waiting for the hash to begin. At 4:00 p.m., the Hash Master announces the guidelines for the hash.
One of the hash “hares”, Lynn, walked through the crowd and identified hashers that had on new shoes and asked that they remove one. Before the start of the hash, the one-shoed hashers were called to the front of the crowd.
Beer was poured into the shoe and the hasher had to drink it. Thankfully I avoided this activity… I had on my well worn hiking boots!
Once we got off the narrow trail, we started a gradual uphill climb on a road. Everyone began to spread out… runners started running and walkers began to walk at different paces. The road got steeper and steeper!
I did bring my camera and was able to get a few photos, but after about an hour, it was all about survival! I only thought I was in pretty good shape! It was hot, with no wind, and the hills were tough. Libby showed me how to zigzag my way up the steep hills to make it easier.
After a while on the road, we turned off into the countryside and hiked up to the top through someone’s farmland. The view from the top was beautiful. We stopped to rest and visited with the landowner, and kept going.
When we returned to the rum shop one and one-half hours later, Libby and I celebrated finishing the hash.
|Photo Credit: Brian Steele, Facebook|
We hung out and watched the post-hash activities, which included spraying the “hash virgins” with beer (no, I did not reveal I was a virgin!). There was a barbecue, plenty of beer, and good times!
|Photo Credit: David Cross, s/v Peregrine|
My first hash was a success! I plan to hash again as soon as I get a chance…. if I can walk after I recover from this one!