Today (4/31), we went to Kakum National Park, the rainforest! One the way, we saw a man sitting on the edge of a bridge, all lathered up with soap, jump like a starfish down into the water to rinse off! It was definitely a sight, and something I probably will not forget…Once we got to the National park, we hiked with our guide up and up until we reached the top of the forest! We went on the canopy walk, which is a series of rope bridges suspended above the trees. It is quite scary at times because the bridges all rock back and forth as we walk on them! You are up to 40 meters above the trees, and the view was breathtaking! At times, I had to remind myself to calm down and take in the view. But once I looked up and didn’t focus on the height, I could see for miles and miles. After the Canopy Walk, which ended all too soon, we went to a restaurant that was on the water…water that was the home to many crocodiles. So while we waited for our food, we got to walk around and look at all of them. You could even pay a cedi to have the trainer let you touch one and take a picture with it! The crocodile excitement ended as we received our food and enjoyed a delicious meal. After the meal we returned to the guesthouse for some free time. Tomorrow is our first day off and we are free to spend it however we wish! I’m looking forward to seeing the Cape Coast beach and maybe doing some shopping in town!
One thing that I have noticed while being in Cape Coast is how content and happy people are with their lives. I have yet to see one kid or baby crying, but instead they are all smiles as they wave to us and laugh at our voices. That is something that I cannot get over and hope to carry home with me as I return to the United States.