Bali Hash House Harriers 2
Run #1487 Desa Rafting Bongkasa
THE BIGGEST BLOOMING BANYAN IN THE MORNING OF THE WORLD – BALI HHHII
SERIAL OFFENDER’s artful December 12th post meridiem mappemond mentioned hare CHOCOLATE FINGER. Who he/she? The omniscient botanizer doesn’t know everything. Apparently. Arriving punctually with WORM at Banjar Tanggayuda Bongkasa, whom should we espy under the majestic towering ficus but STEPTOE clutching a pink plastic bag with the heavenly Eva. I addressed myself to the latter. You’re not CHOCOLATE FINGER – are you? Affirmation. Something to do with the Flemish connection. STEPTOE? Well, you must have seen the BBC TV series – Steptoe & Son – say no more. But were you aware that the two are related? Wonders …. But then it must be admitted that we all share a common ancestor. Reductio ad absurdum.
Not much has changed here, except the carpark is pretty recent. Have you read the chapter – The Biggest Blooming Banyan in the World – in Bali Bird Walks? The picture of the tree tells you nothing; but there is a lovely shot of HASH HOUSE HARRIERS assembled (circa 1989) at the sign of BEGGARS BUSH. I used to wander/run around here way back; it’s where I caught my first Bali Lacewing on the Sayan side. But old bridle paths have been obstructed by modern building development, so, unless your name is STEPTOE, you will ply your trade only on the Bongkasa side. The tree overshadows all – two acres of embrangled limbs and several crowns of easily 200 feet. Thence were contrived a number of sorties, including across the river and up the slope where the way has been obliterated by monstrous concretions, prompting STEPTOE to excavate staircase and erect sturdy banisters to ease ascent.
Artistic and expedient shortcutting enabled first back in just over half an hour: GERMAN SHEPHERD and SCREAMING LADY were ecstatic, and so were the remainder of the pack when they had tasted STEPTOE’s spiced home-brew. Bit too strong for YWGMH who displayed exiguous crack on ice besides shriving our most worthy HARES. What beauty. We celebrated the demise of Browning (1889) with Pied Piper, rats and twats; and did you know that THE MORNING OF THE WORLD, attributed to Pandit Nehru, actually came from the poet’s PIPPA PASSES? Finally, to FLY where YWGMH serenaded party of raucous Frogs with chanson paillard ex ECOLE DES BEAUX ARTS.
Sorry to report that next week’s run has been CANCELLED by order of Gubner Koster.