A walk in the canopy

Trip Start Sep 22, 2003
Trip End Dec 13, 2005

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Friday, December 17, 2004

This morning we went to Kakum National Park not far from Cape Coast. There we took a guided tour of the canopy walk. This is a series of suspension walking bridges that hang above the canopy of the rain forest to allow for wildlife viewing. The bridges are wooden planks hung with knotted ropes. They connect several platforms that are built around tree trunks. The canopy bridges were 90-120 ft above the ground and quite a challenge for Rebecca's fear of heights. But it was well secured with sturdy ropes, so she made it without being freaked out and was able to enjoy the scenery. Unfortunately we didn't see any wildlife except for many small birds. But we got an appreciation for the tropical forest, with tall trees, vines, pretty flowers, moisture on the plants and ground, and tropical birds calling to each other. We then took a tour of the forest floor and our guide talked about the cultural and medicinal uses of many of the trees. For example, one tree is used to make the mortar to pound the plantains to make fufu the local staple food here. One tree thins blood and another cures asthma. Most of them are used by making a tea from the bark or sap and drinking it several times a day. The park was a great experience, but we recommend if you want to see wildlife, go and stay the night there so you can see the evening and morning activity of the animals.

Back in Cape Coast, we had traditional Ghanaian food for lunch but couldn't pass up on our daily serving of ice cream. It was very good, homemade rum-raisin, chocolate, and vanilla.

We then hopped in a tro-tro to Busua, a small fishing/beach town. Upon arriving, we were awestruck by the beauty of this place. The hotels were set right on the beach, which is a little cove off the ocean. A tiny island sits in the middle of this cove, with two palm trees as the only residents. It made a beautiful silhouette for the sunrise. While we were enjoying the sunset we see three other Peace Corps volunteers from Benin walking along the beach and who were vacationing there as well (quite the happening place). So we joined them for a sunset dinner and drinks on the beach. They filled us in on the great things they've been experiencing at this paradise place, like the "Juice Man" and "Rasta Joseph" who makes pancakes and fresh seafood dishes.
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