A few years ago, I was planning on spending the whole month of July in the neighboring district of Ayacucho, working with other missionaries there, but as often happens here, plans change. I had been thinking of heading south to a place called Huambo, maybe to explore for a few days, and then going to Cotahuasi to sort of crank down andFinished in Cotahuasi on the 4th of July. However, as I was writing up my plans, I saw that I had a bumped up plan, and decided to give it a try. The following is from my journal......
"So much has changed since I was in the field! Ghana still holds tight to its southern charm, with its culture, cuisine and history, while its capital, Accra, has transformed into a busy cosmopolitan city with skyscrapers, hotels and restaurants, while Cotahuasi, the province's capital, has become a port-of-enterprise for many small cocoa and coffee farmers whose skills I barley knew when I was a boy. West of Accra, the situation is getting less " Contrasting to Casablanca (the Americvuh sometimes spurns tourists) and the other Caribbean cities, Huambo is peaceful, tree-lined, and laid back. There are no night clubs, no lights, no SUV dotted roads, and no hipsters. Its basically a working-class city until the Revolution of 1960 and then again in the 70's counterculture gradually took over and hippies took up space wherever they could find it. With few limitations, they created a lifestyle very much of their own choosing: colors, culture, lifestyle, location, activities, recommendations, and more. Best of all, it was cheap to live in a city of 300,000+ inhabitants (although there are limits as to how much money you can spend, we are flesh creatures after all). Makkah Beach on the Bay of Pigs is a must-see website with videos, photos and lyrics to some of the best songs about the marine and terrestrial biodiversity that abounds in the area. There is also a strong spiritual, antirationalist, and ecological tone to Makkah Beach, which to me sounds like a blown-up version of Long Beach Peninsula. However, I digress... back to the camping.
Eric Tardif says Accra Beach is one of the greatest ways to get your mind away from everything else and to reconnect with the awesome company of people you don't know, the beauty of the mountains, and to get rejuvenated by the waves. The area abounds in sculptures, like "abbage trees" and "crossed wires." Sculptures are not unique to Accra Beach, but are found throughout the oceanside landscape all over the planet.
Non-stop activities, fresh water fishing featuring steelhead and bluegill, bird and water watching on Newport Bay, horseback riding, whale watching, scuba diving, snorkeling, windsurfing, sailing, and a multitude of other water activities keep Accra Beach busy year-round. If it's not drying up, it's getting wet.
Winter activities include dog sledding, spelunking, glacier hiking, and starfish. If you are knee-deep in snow, you can also explore Key Largo, an underwater canyon. Add in sailboarding, snowshoeing, and kite surfing and your stay in Ocho Rios and Accra will beblissful.
Ocho Rios and Accra welcome visitors November through April. If you are of a culinary inclinations, consider bringing up a picnic to go along with yourAcadia National Park travails. There are many other things to do while in the area by way of travel, including biking, kayaking, rafting, skiing, swimming, spelunking, and watching the surf.
One of the best things about camping in Accra Beach is that you are never too far away from the water. If you are indeed too far - say, too far for a whale watching tour or too far away for a proper sleep - then something else needs to be done. More inland, the locals know the best places and have packed in everything you could ever need to make the most of your camping trip.
Just shut up and enjoy the view. Much of the area is under water at low tide, so no worries about adding to your camping luggage. Here are some things you may want to consider, however:
You will find these beaches popular with novices and experts both. If you are a novice, consider staying inland where you will be safe from the waves and noise made by families of teenagers and their friends. Get attp://www.beachvacationsholiday.comin Manual, and prepare yourself.