Today we made a trip to the Kakum National Forest and got in a little more exercise than we bargained for. We began the visit with a canopy walk. I didn’t know that “canopy walk” meant being suspended by ropes 350 meters in the air and walking across a ladder topped with a plank of wood. It got to be a little wobbly but if you spent more time looking up than with your eyes closed in terror, you were rewarded with a magnificent view. The tree tops were endless! Unfortunately we didn’t see any monkeys or elephants. At the end of the walk we learned that the tree responsible for supporting the entire structure was a massive Black Ebony.
I personally was going to start conditioning on Monday, but the steps just to get to the canopy walk combined with an hour long nature walk got me off to a good start. The trek in 90% humidity had us climbing over rocks and under vines and everyone sweating by the end of the adventure. Our guide Fred was fantastic and super knowledgeable; he made sure to quiz us every second he got. People ended the trip with pine wine (not a group favorite) and fresh coconut juice.
After a quick snack, Kojo took us to his village. As with all other Ghanaians that we’ve met so far, everyone was extremely friendly. He began by showing us the rooms where he teaches math and his kids work towards performing a fantastic rendition of Romeo and Juliet. He then walked us through the village and across a bridge that could compete with the canopy for level of difficulty. We were able to see where they bathed, got water, and also saw a family farm of maize. We ended the day with shopping in the market with Kojo so that we wouldn’t get American priced. Huge difference.
Beach tomorrow!! Until next time. Love Chloe