Thoughts from an agricultural development gal in Ghana

Gone fishin’

My family recently came to visit me in Ghana and we went on a whirlwind tour. See the photo highlights below!

We started in Accra, the capital of Ghana:

Kwame Nkrumah Mausoleum in Accra

Sunset from the Rising Phoenix in Accra

Then we flew up to Tamale, my home base, and visited my village, Zuo. First we all learned about getting water:

Dad fetching water from my Polytank

Blair carrying water (this is a ridiculously small pail - small girls could kick his butt!)

Mom pumping water and putting on a show

Then we brought out the gifts – lots of books and educational materials:

Mom in "teacher mode"

Blair showing Imman how to use crayons

Me helping Wekaya to write her name

All kids love crayons!

After that we headed back down south to visit the Cedi Bead factory:

Glass beads ready for firing in their clay moulds

And the Akosombo Dam:

Nerding it up at the Akosombo Dam, Ghana's major electricity source

Before some rest, relaxation and swimming at Aylo’s Bay:

Blair reading on the "floating" (ie. sideways) dock

Next we headed to the beautiful and remote Volta Region on Ghana’s eastern border:

Isolation and beauty at Biakpa Mountain Paradise Lodge

We hiked along a river to reach these falls

The popular Wli Falls near Hohoe, reputedly the highest falls in West Africa

Learning how to wash by hand (requires concentration)

Next we headed to Cape Coast, Ghana’s former slave trade capital:

Cape Coast Castle, one of the hubs of the West African slave trade

Cape Coast shoreline

Fishermen pulling their nets into shore

And we wrapped things up in Elmina, another former slave trade town:

Elmina fish market

Elmina Castle

Blair and Ben helping some fishermen pull their canoe onto shore

The beautiful beach at Elmina Bay Resort

It was a wonderful vacation! Thanks for coming Mom, Dad and Blair – you’re very brave 🙂

Now back to our regularly scheduled program…

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11 responses

  1. Paul McCaig

    Awesome – what a great way to bring your family to a place they may have never ventured to otherwise!! What great things, places and most importantly people to experience and share moments together.

    All the best Erin.

    Paul

    September 14, 2010 at 12:40 am

    • Hi Paul,
      Thanks for reading! Yes, it was a great trip. My dad brought a bunch of photos of the new building, it looks awesome! Nice work!
      Erin

      September 16, 2010 at 11:27 am

  2. Dianne Long

    Wonderful Erin! Thank you so much for sharing. I have enjoyed the blogs immensely. Keep them coming – Please.
    Any “care” packages required?
    Miss Long

    September 14, 2010 at 10:23 am

    • Yay, thanks for reading! How’s the studio these days? Off to start another busy year, I’m sure. I think of it often, especially when I saw Meg’s photos from the show in June – it looked absolutely beautiful! I’ll come by when I’m home around Christmas for a visit. And you’re free to send me a care package anytime you want 🙂
      Love Erin

      September 16, 2010 at 11:28 am

  3. Alex Joyce

    Amazing pictures Erin!!! It makes me very much wish I was visiting you instead of sitting here in DP!

    Miss you!
    Alex

    September 14, 2010 at 1:33 pm

    • Thanks Alex! Ahh DP… sounds awful. You should come here instead!

      September 16, 2010 at 11:26 am

  4. Sylvie Spraakman

    I agree with Alex!! I never knew Ghana had so many cool places to go tour around. Hmm…

    September 14, 2010 at 4:02 pm

    • Why yes you should come visit Sylvie!! 😀

      September 16, 2010 at 11:23 am

  5. Gorgeous shots Erin! Makes me homesick for Ghana.

    September 16, 2010 at 1:43 pm

  6. Nice pics!!

    September 16, 2010 at 2:27 pm

  7. Josh

    Beautiful pictures! I love that you ‘nerded’ it up at the dam. Does it get clogged or fail ever?

    Sending you lots of love from rainy Toronto!

    September 16, 2010 at 9:42 pm

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