Wednesday, January 30, 2019

Kakum National Park to Big Milly's Backyard, near Accra, Ghana, January 30, 2019

We camped in Kakum National Park so it was easy to get to the canopy walk-

Leanne enjoyed the walk.  She is from Northern England and left home 7 years ago and has been travelling ever since, working in various countries along the way.  Currently she lives in Iceland and works in a hotel.  She has a degree in geology which is the real reason she is in Iceland.  She's spent time working in China, Australia, New Zealand and Norway.  She's definitely a cold weather person and the idea of being in Africa for so many months is somewhat daunting.  She is a lover of rocks and history.  This is her second overland, having travelled in South America in 2014.  When she's not travelling, she likes to read obsessively, collect rocks and hike.  She wants to be single forever because she despises children with a passion!

Looking down at the top of the trees which besides a couple of butterflies is all we saw-

squirrel was hanging out around the lodge.  His tail would look great on a hat-

After the canopy walk, we stopped to wash the truck on our way to Cape Coast-

Unfortunately today is Rhona's last day because she has to go back to the UK to work-

Rhona is from the west coast of Scotland from a town called Kilmarnock but she now lives in the north west of England where she works for a company that makes submarines.  She's a project manager which means she manages the contracts between the builder and the customer's requirements, ensuring her company is commercially covered.  This is her fifth overland - she did UK to Oz in 2011, Calcutta to Katmandu in 2012, South Africa in 2015 and Mongolia in 2016.  When she's not travelling, she's training for triathlons - she did a half Ironman this year.  She watches movies, reads and socializes with friends.  Weekends she's usually on the road, going somewhere in England to see friends.  Rhona was one of my French students and did very well, in spite of her Scottish accent!

We stopped at the Cape Coast Castle which was also used to trade slaves.  I didn't visit this Fort - if you've seen a few they all start to look the same.  I had a leisurely lunch and so did Thomas, but he also visited the fort and naturally didn't make it back to the truck on time.  When he did arrive, he didn't apologize or say anything and that ticked a few people off.  The yelling and insults began, and Thomas, rather than realize he's pissed a few people off, became belligerent and missed a great opportunity to make friends.  Oh well.  

There is always someone, usually a woman, selling something that is precariously balanced on her head.  Eggs with hot sauce anyone?

After a few wrong turns, a too tight corner and low hanging wires and trees in the way, we pulled into Big Milly's Backyard at dusk.  In the morning, we are off to Accra to check out a couple of embassies for visas.  Hoping for a quiet night.  

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