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  • Nick and Dariece | June 2, 2016 9:00 PM ET

    Adventures in Hashing: Grenada's Weekly Hiking Event

    Adventures in Hashing: Grenada's Weekly Hiking Event

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    Hashing is one of the many unique activities on offer on the little island of Grenada. The Grenadian group of "Hashers" have been meeting up every Saturday since 1985 to participate in this non-competitive race, to get some exercise, socialize with friends, and of course, to enjoy an icy cold beverage at the end.

    The Hash House Harriers, are a self-proclaimed group of "drinkers with a running problem." This club is actually international, with it all starting out in Malaysia back in 1938 when British soldiers decided that they needed to run off the food and booze they had consumed on the weekend! Hashing has progressed since then and groups can be found all over the world from Hong Kong to Cyprus, to Australia and The United States. (Click here to find groups.)

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    There are so many things to do in Grenada, and when we heard about hashing, we knew we had to give it a try. We had no idea of what to expect when we attended our very first hash. We had been driving for about 30 minutes looking for signs that said "HHH," to lead us to the starting point of the hash. Finally, we saw it and followed the dirt road to a beautifully lush area surrounded by trees and vegetation.

    living in grenada

    We signed in, lathered up in bug spray and gathered in front of a stage with all of our fellow "Hashers," where the "Hash Master" gave a speech about the walk we were all about to embark on. People were stretching, chatting with friends and anxiously awaiting the departure!

    We were given some rules about the hash:

    1. If you are wearing brand new shoes, you will have to drink a whole beer from your shoe, in front of everyone, before taking off on the walk.

    2. No picking fruit, or taking shortcuts! This will result in you having to drink a full, warm beer out of a bucket at the end of the hash.

    3. All dogs must be on leashes, and all leashes must be attached to the owner.

    After all of the rules were given, and unsuspecting hashers drank beer out of their new shoes, we were off!

    hashing in grenada

    What makes hashing so unique isn't that people meet up at a rum shack, or that beer is drank out of a shoe, but rather, that you must follow shredded piles of paper to find the correct trail. It's a bit of a scavenger hunt, as well as being a hike.

    There were two trails to choose from, one for people who wanted to walk (generally this trail is a bit easier), and one for those who wanted to run (a bit more difficult). We chose the running trail, even though we were walking. Together with three friends and our dog, we set off with the group on the hunt for piles of shredded paper to indicate that we were on the right path. We passed by inquisitive children, farmers with their livestock and enjoyed the peace and quiet of nature.

    river hash grenada

    You would think that following a paper trail would be easy enough, but there were little tricks along the way to throw us off. Rather than a pile of paper, a couple of times we arrive at a T-junction, with a circle of paper, which indicated that we could either go left, right, or straight. How did we know which way to go?

    We called up ahead to our fellow Hashers, which is what you are meant to do. Here are some of the key phrases to know on the trail: "Are you?!" meaning are we on the right trail? The responses: "On On!" meaning yes, you're on the right trail, continue on. "Checking" meaning someone is checking to see if the trail is correct. "On Back!" meaning that you've taken the wrong trail, turn around.

    hashing trail grenada

    We ended up yelling "Are you" more than once that day. This is all part of the fun and uniqueness of hashing. It's not just a normal walk on an easy path, there are little tricks, turns and sayings along the way. Hashing is an excellent way to meet local people and ex-pats, and of course, to get some exercise.

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    Grenada may be a small island size-wise, but because it is volcanic and quite undeveloped, there are many hills, trails and secret spots to discover. Hashing is a great way to do just that.

    Have you ever heard of hashing before? Would you like to give it a try?

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Nick and Dariece Notes from the Goats

Nick and Dariece Nick and Dariece are the couple behind Goats On The Road, a website designed to inspire others to live a financially sustainable, location independent lifestyle. Masters at making money abroad and turning their travels into a way of life, they've been on the road since 2008 and have explored some of the least visited places on earth, finding adventure wherever they go. They are also full time contributors at Credit Walk where they share their expertise of making money and travelling forever. Check them out at Goats On The and follow them on Twitter, Facebook and Google+.
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