Here Comes the Wli Waterfall!

Trip Start Jun 21, 2012
Trip End Jul 21, 2012

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Flag of Ghana  , Volta Region,
Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Wli Waterfall is one of tourist attractions in Ghana, so it was a must to visit. We were lookin' forward to it as it’s the highest waterfall in Ghana.  It’s not far from our home-based, about 30 minutes of drive.  The road was paved dirt, paved, and dirt includin’ many potholes.  If there were no potholes, we’d arrive there less than 30 minutes.  I learned dat one of Ghana’s goals is to have all dirt roads paved.  

We hopped out of the van and headed to the gate to pay for the entrance.  The tour guide informed us there were 9 crossings over the river on the trail.  Some were bridges and rocks to hop onto.  We zigzagged through the rainforest & had a sightseein’ of different tropical plants and Kapok trees.  The Kapok tree is very tall and wide in trunk, as ya see the picture.  Gerard grew up in Wli with his family and narrated his upbringing there where he swam in the river and often went to the waterfall.  He had great memories and his parents still live there except him. He knew the area very well as he spotted banana n cocoa plants for me.  I asked him if there’re snakes around.  He said yes, but they’re afraid of peeps, so they zoom away.   The trail was wet & slippery.  One of the volunteers actually slipped onto the muddy path.  She got mud on her booty and I, of course, took a snapshot of her 'cos the sight wuz hilarious.  I showed it to her and she wanted the picture to be e-mailed to her.  Big no to her flip flops.  Even I had a pair of Chaco sandals, I still had to scan the trail carefully. I cudda felt the air bein’ evaporated since we’re in the depth of the rainforest.  Before we left for the waterfall, I put repellent on my limbs.  I cudda not afford getting’ malaria from mosquitoes after I read the dreadful information about it.  I continue takin’ anti-malarial meds everyday.  Even though we don’t always go to the rainforest, I still apply it everyday.  Extra caution is not regretful.

Gerard pointed to the waterfall in distance.  There!  It’s as if the giant white sheet spread over the greenish cliff.  I recalled my trip to Hawaii and saw the waterfall when I wuz hoverin’ above it in a helicopter but the Wli waterfall wuz not comparable.  When we nearly arrived, I cudda fell the mist tinglin’ me.  The closer I approached, the wetter I became…and it wuz cool but cold when the wind blew.  Gerard said long time ago Ghanaians thought the drum wuz beatin’ in distance but when they arrived, they found the waterfall.  What a cool tale!  The water fell n splashed so hard.  I didn't go swimmin' 'cos I wuz paranoid of gettin' Schistosomiasis, if ya know what it is.  I don't care what peeps say about me not swimmin'.   Safe better than sorry!  Anyhoo, peeps went in the water, the farther they went, the less I saw 'em.  The mist wuz so thick like a fog. I asked my friends how they liked it and they gestured & pointed to their ears:  it hurt their ears when it splashed onto.  Oh, I sure believed 'em!  I just stood & tried not to get my camera wet.  I kept rubbin' it w/ my T-shirt, but it wuz no use.  At least I took some pictures.  When I wuz takin' memories from my camera, Gerard said to point it to the cliff next to the waterfall where I'd see clingin' bats upside down.  I saw black spots but when my camera zoomed closer, there were many bats hangin' n flyin' off the cliff into the air.  Bigger bats than the Mexican bats in Austin, no doubt.  If they were the Mexican bats, I'd probably cudda not see 'em w/ my naked eyes. 

Some swimmers returned to the bank shiverin' n sayin' it's cold!  One of the volunteers had to do jump jacks to keep herself thawed.  She obviously didn't have insulation as she's skinny & bony.  I'd feel myself gettin' cold 'cos my clothes were gettin' soaked.  I tried to move back but when the wind wuz blowin', it wuz friggin' colder!  Then, the rain started pourin'.  We have been gettin' the rain lately especially it's the rain season in June-July, which I don't mind, and it's nice not to feel as hot as back in Texas.  I feel bad for Texans who are bearin' the scorchin' temperature.  My laptop still reads the forecast.  We stood under the shade where it's built with seats and waited for the rain to stop before we returned to the entrance.  Suddenly the sun reappeared and we started strollin' back.  At the arrival, there were several shops for us to browse around and to buy things made by Ghanaians such as bead jewelry, African wood carved masks, and batik clothin'.  I bought several bead bracelets & other stuff for my folks and myself.  No pressure on us to buy from shop owners.  I wuz warned before comin' to Ghana to watch for 'em but they were peaceful w/ smiles.

The overall of my trip to the waterfall wuz thumb up.  There wuz the Wli Waterfall I went to!

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