By Kevin Coltrain, Semester at Sea, Spring 2017

I am worn out.  Hiking up mountains, through the rainforests, and around the monkeys, was a little more than I had originally expected my Ghanaian experience would be like.  I signed up on a Semester at Sea field program called Southern Adventure Overnight.  And let me tell you, it was an adventure.

The first day, we didn’t have to go very far to the mountain we were going to hike.  However, with the traffic, it ended up taking 4 to 5 hours.  When we reached our destination many were overwhelmed with realizing the mountain we were going to climb the highest mountain in Ghana.  It was a task that not everyone in the group could complete as it truly was a tough hike.  But once we reached the top, it was just beautiful.

The next day we walked through a rainforest to reach the tallest waterfall in West Africa: the Wli Waterfall.  Bats were flying above us as we jumped in the water and began swimming underneath the gallons of water falling overhead

After, we went to a monkey sanctuary, where monkeys were looked at as friends.  We were able to feed and take pictures with the monkeys.  It was a great experience.          

Ghana was a great country and I am excited I was able to visit it.  However, with all the hiking, I was so extremely tired.  Have you ever had a time you were overwhelmed with how much was on your itinerary?