Trip Start Sep 01, 2006
Trip End Dec 15, 2006

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Thursday, October 26, 2006

The second day of hiking was just as fulfilling and thrilling as the first, if not more so. The mountain of Iwol is not only higher, but it also has trails that are much more difficult to navigate as they weave through fields of corn and brush. The scratches on my arms and legs (even though I was wearing long pants and a long-sleeved shirt that were unbearable in the heat) are proof of the incredibly dense paths we used to climb to the top of Iwol.

Once at the top, we met the oldest woman in Africa at 117 years old. And I thought my grandmother lived to an amazing age at 99! In addition to this quiet, calm old woman, we explored the largest baobab in Senegal located near the Bedick village of Iwol. One of the other students decided it would be a good idea to climb up but quickly changed her mind once she was halfway up and discovered the thousands of bees that inhabit the baobab. This particular baobab is also known for its evil spirits that can strike down anyone who comes too near or disrespects the nature of the tree. The Bedick village of Iwol still makes yearly sacrifices to appease the evil spirits as they are both Christian and animist practitioners.

If I though the hike up was interesting, it was even more incredible to slip and slide down the steep, rocky side of the mountain while admiring one of the most beautiful views I have ever seen. Hopefully I can add pictures soon!
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