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Published: September 1st 2012
We departed way earlier than any of us would have liked from Mole National Park, but we had quite a bit of distance to cover in our crammed tro-tro. We headed back through the path of despair and turbulence, but I think I was so tired from the previous night that I just didn't really care. We stopped at one of those touristy rest stops I so despise to have some breakfast. The woman manning the bathroom insisted I pay up front, which I did. I went to the bathroom to make some number two, only to realize I hadn't brought enough toilet paper with me and had to improvise with paper from a notebook. Great way to get things going. Once I finally cleaned up I headed back out, the woman barking behind me asking me if I payed as I just kept walking. ****ing tourist rest stops...
We arrived at the Kintampo falls, which are a series of waterfalls, tallest at about 25m high. They were quite beautiful but I think I speak for most when I say that we were spoiled by the Wli falls so these were merely an afterthought. Still offered some nice scenery but
we took a look and wanted to move on.
The next stop, at least for me, was highly anticipated. We reached the Boabeng Monkey Sanctuary and headed out by foot. I love monkeys and would love to start my own sanctuary but I guess for the time being I'll just enjoy being a spectator whenever I have the opportunity. A young Swiss woman, who was volunteering there, lead us towards the monkeys. We managed to see two types of monkeys, the black and white Colobus, which I thought were beautiful. I was frustrated trying to grab good shots of them though, as they were too far away and constantly in motion (plus I don't have anywhere near good enough equipment for proper wildlife photography (sad_face) ). We walked past insanely high trees and found one that was just too fun to pass up. It was a fiktus tree and had these intertwining roots and hollow interior, great for climbing up from within. Everyone scrambled into it and made their way. I patiently waited for the crowd to die down and then powered up. Fun times and climbing barefoot is so liberating. Later on I climbed a bigger tree interspersed
with vines and roots as well. In fact this forest was very impressive for the types of trees we got to see. Finally we got an up-close view at Mona monkeys who seemed way more sociable although they really just wanted the banana's we had in tow. Again I got frustrated trying to capture the seemingly ADD afflicted creatures but some pics turned out satisfactory at least. We must have stayed with them for quite a while.
Once on our way, Cosmos made an announcement, and stated that there was a surprise in store for us. Some of our group already had an inkling of what it was and they were right. We'd be dumping our tro-tro we'd all come to love to hate for a much more spacious mini bus. Pretty good surprise and I guess a part of our past consisting of square and necrotic buttocks' was paving way for a brighter and less necrotic future for our behinds. Right on.
Finally we reached Kumasi, the capital of the Ashanti region in central Ghana. We stopped at a small market, again geared to tourists like us, but to be honest most of the shops were manned
by a bunch of dicks just trying to hustle and make money. Maybe I can't blame em but usually I would try avoiding places like this when possible. We all still picked up some memorabilia, in my case some African warrior masks and a serrated machete. Cool stuff.
Finally we arrived at our lodging for the night and I think everyone freaked out. By far the nicest place we'd stay at on this journey. I almost felt as though it took away from the experience a little though. This seemed like four star quality to me, and they had hot water for the showers! I guess that's where all our money for this tour went. Our meal consisted of western buffet style food and I indulged to the point of practically passing out. I mean I really couldn't move anymore. Damn I hate having no control in buffet settings.
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