Tuesday, July 24, 2012

80 Kilometer Coastline Hike

I joined three girls in an 80 km (50 mile) hike along the whole Gambia Coastline in the beginning of July.  It took us about 3 ½ days and although tough on our feet, shoes, and legs, we had a lot of fun.  And we got to see the Gambian coastline in its entirety.  We finished on the north bank in a national park called Ginak Island.  None of us had been there and we stayed with a Peace Corps employee’s family.  To get to the island you take a small canoe and it was really pretty.   Highlights of the trip included seeing the presidents new mosque which looks like a hotel, meeting a British man who claimed to have been an advisor to the president 20 years ago, seeing a washed up big turtle, the ‘cliffs of Tanji’, being chased by multiple sets of children, and being followed for 6 hours by 2 stray dogs.
Move Cows, get out the way

The Sheraton Gambia wouldn't let us in for some reason...maybe it was the stray dogs following us up to the pool?

Crossing the river to Barra


Ginak Island

The start!

A nice village outside Kartong

The Abby's

Our Triumphant Finish
Our feet were not as happy

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