March 3, 2018
Once upon a time, I backpacked the Smokies and nearly died. If you missed that, check it out here.
I thought that was happening again.
PSA: when I left the US and moved across the pond, I left my makeup at home. However, I very much brought my flare for the dramatic with me.
So anyways, part of our trip to the Volta Region included hiking up one of the tallest mountains in Ghana. It is referred to “Afadjato” with the ending -to indicating mountain.
This mountain is 885 meters basically straight up (yay rah). Much like when I went backpacking, I thought I was going to pass out. Unlike when I went backpacking, this time my blood sugar was super low and we were hiking in about 80% humidity on an already 90 degree day.
Miley Cyrus, well rather her writers, got it right when they said “life’s a climb but the view is great”.
Here are some pictures of how this day unfolded!
Em & Laura ready for the day!
This is Uncle Joe. He takes us on our trips. He’s pretty awesome
See that incline? Yep, rough
I’m mad this picture turned out blurry but it really shows just how intense this hike was. 885 meters of this incline…. my workout for the week was completed
a little less than an hour later… I MADE IT!!!
It was really bright
and I was VERY sweaty
Behind us is Togo! We are headed there in a few weeks so keep an eye out for that!
The whole way up there were only 2 major things I could think about
1) every single physiology process happening in my body (thanks Dr.S & ExPhys)
2) Miley’s song “Life’s a Climb” running on a constant loop through my head
Room-hate? Nope! Nothing but love here
Random people always wanting pictures with Clarissa make me glad I didn’t come here as a blonde
Going up was rough because I couldn’t breath. Going down was rough because I always live up to my name “Grace”… At one point, I sat down on the trail and slid down it like a slide. That along with all of my other near-death experiences are how I ended up covered in dirt… everywhere
Also, there were Ghanaians literally SPRINTING down the side of the mountain so I’m not too sure how they didn’t die because a snail could have passed me and I still almost did (a little dramatic of course).
I don’t think I will ever be coming back however, I am so glad I did it!