Day 7 Ghana 2012: Rain Forest Highs and Slave Castle Lows

Friday January 21, 2012

This morning Jen, Ronai, Pablo, and Carissa rented a paddle boat… of course they chose the green one that actually worked (what a bunch of chickens!).
I guess they learned from my experience… don’t take the yellow one.

We had breakfast and took off for Kakum National Park.

The views were beautiful. It was pretty scary to let go of the ropes, but scarier to take that first step. The platform to the bridge is suspended 130 feet above the rainforest floor. There are 7 bridges that run over 1080 feet through the air.

Our visit to The Elmina Slave Castle was fascinating and sobering. It’s never fun hearing the history of slavery. All we can do is learn from those mistakes and promise to do everything within our power to never let that happen to human beings again.

Here are some views from the castle.

After our tour of the castle we were headed back to the tro-tro for the long drive back to Tutu.

Curry asked if we wanted to stop for lunch or if we wanted hit the road and get back to Tutu. We told him we had lunch with us.

The drive is so fascinating. Words can’t describe… pictures help, but even pictures don’t really do it justice.

Maybe this one will give you a better feel:)

When we got back to the hotel in Tutu we were filthy. We used baby wipes to clean off our hands and faces. We were hot and sticky. We pulled up to a pitch black building. This was the hotel, but once again the power was out. You should see us running and stumbling around when the power goes out. The worst is when you are in the shower and the power goes out, because if you are unprepared, you are just a mess.

Joyce made chicken and rice. We took our meds and hit the sack. There is nothing to do when the power is out. I called Lucy and there was no answer, but I know that Lucy’s fine motor skills don’t always cooperate. I left her a message and then called right back. This time, my sister Emilie, Alex’s mom, answered. I guess it has been like Grand Central Station at our house. My mom, my younger brother Aaron, my sister Emilie and her kids have all been coming and going, rotating on a daily basis. Our friends, Jana and Eric have been stopping by too with their kids. All of them have been such great support to Lucy’s caregiver, Estella, and to Lucy. I spoke with Lucy for just a few minutes before the phone died. I’m happy to know that so many people are supporting Lucy, and that they are keeping her busy and distracted.

*In the past four days we have received anther $600 in donations! Thank you so much for your kindness, interest, and generosity. Now we only need to raise $3,650 to cover it ALL!