|This is from the Castle in Cape Coast at sunset|
We first drove to the Canopy Walk. It is a national preserve where the forest is an original forest of West Africa and the animals in the forest are protected. They have built a swinging bridge through the tops of the trees. It covers quite a large area and the views are spectacular. I was very worried because I am afraid of heights. Many people come to the canopy walk and end up having to turn back because they get so afraid. I decided that no matter how afraid I got I was going to walk the entire distance. There are technically 7 bridges that span from one very large tree to another. The tall trees are so much taller than the rest of the forest that it feels like you are walking along the top of the forest.
We also visited the Slave Castle. I really never wanted to go there but I decided that I should go once and get it over with. Greg is going to give you the details but let me just say how sad of an experience it was. It is so hard to think that human beings could do something so horrific as stealing someone from their families and life and selling them into bondage. During the tour the guide looked at me and asked me if I was all right. I smiled and said yes but then I said, “NO I am not all right. This is very upsetting and it is making me feel a little sick.” The tour guide was very kind to me but there was nothing any of us could do. This all really happened!
This is the most tragic part of the tour. They call this the door of no return. When it was opened, it led out to the ships. The captives were shackled and chained and taken out and placed in horrible conditions on what they called the "middle passage". Many of them died crossing the ocean.
This is one of the many Ghana political parties. It seems a little familar, but I am not sure what it reminds me of? ha, ha.
(This picture was taken to bring a smile to Spencer Stokes)
This is the African speed limit sign. Very subtle don't you think?
One thing that was fun was on the very beach where the captives were placed on row boats and taken out to the ships in chains, after going through the door of no return, today, happy African children are playing in the Ocean, unafraid and unclothed.