Every once in a while, a weekend trip is just what you need to refresh the mind, and uplift the spirit…
But before I dive in, I’ll share a bit about myself. I moved to Ghana some months before our trip. I was introduced to Doris through our mutual friend Sarah. Both these ladies share a love for adventure, self-growth and new experiences that drew me in. In other words, they’re just all around boss females.
So our group of 3 was well in need of a little bit of adventure, and a little bit of relaxation. And so we left Accra and made our way through the cool, rolling hills of the Eastern Region, disrupting the calm of nature as we drove by singing all the latest afro beats and pop tunes along the way.
Our first stop: Boti Falls – a strong reminder of the strength, power and beauty of nature.
Whilst we enjoyed taking in the falls, what was most memorable for me was our hike towards umbrella rock. Such steep and rugged terrain! For someone like myself who doesn’t hike regularly, it was a challenge (I was huffing and puffing along the way).
But as we neared the rock we were greeted by a vibrant stream, meandering along our path. What a relief to take in this surprise! And so we kicked back by the water and shared a few laughs.
We then left Boti Falls ready for a shower, a delicious meal and a glass of red wine (can’t forget the wine!). With Doris behind the wheel, we fought through a downpour, unexplainable traffic in the countryside, and a rough drive up a steep hillside on unpaved roads in the dark, to get to our home for the night. It was a trek. The cutest airbnb nestled in the hillside of Aburi was our reward. The air was fresh and crisp, and the tranquility of Aburi was a stark contrast to the hustle of Accra. Ah we made it! The coffee in the morning from our warm hosts was just the icing on the cake for what was already a weekend deserving of three cheers (we obviously came prepared with wine for this very purpose ;).
So what did I absorb from this weekend? Other than great memories with 2 boss ladies, the story of resilience that just never gets old. We pushed through a rigorous hike, and made it to a lapping stream. After a long return journey we made it to the most peaceful spot in Aburi. What a testament to the fact that some of our best and most rewarding experiences will require us to stare challenges head on, and push through uncomfortable circumstances! So keep on forging onwards friends!