I thought I would present some pictures from our trip to Africa in 2012 that fit into the theme for the week.
This was the view from the room where our daughter, then a Peace Corp Volunteer, lived for two years.
The town of Dalaba in Guinea where she served used to be administrative center for the country.This goat, looking pregnant, seems to be guarding this particular property in town.The next couple of pictures are from the mosque in Touba, Senegal.
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The following pictures are from Goree Island in Senegal. This was one of the ports of departure for slaves being sent to the Americas.
The first two pictures in the Goree series are of rooms where slaves were housed before being shipped off. The third picture is of the Door of No Return in The House of Slaves, through which the slaves were forced on to the ships bound for the American continent. The fourth picture shows a destroyed section of the fort at Goree that used to house a cannon. Goree Island can be reached by boat from Dakar, the capital of the country.
This week’s response to the challenge is a tale of three travels.
We saw a “Close” for the first time during our most recent trip to Edinburgh in Scotland . Basically, these are narrow passageways between buildings, or small streets that are dead-ended. A lot of the closes in Edinburgh are found on the Royal Mile. Here are pictures of a couple of closes.
Last year, my sister, older daughter, and I, hiked the Little Haystack-Lincoln-Lafayette section of the Appalachian Trail in the Franconia Ridge section the White Mountains of New Hampshire. The trail running along the mountain ridge looks narrow enough to be scary, but they are OK to traverse on a day with good weather. This hike was one for the ages, at least as far as I was concerned, and something that I realistically hope to able to revisit at least a couple of more times while the body is still able.
Finally, these pictures are from a hike in Ditinn during our trip to Guinea in 2012 to meet up with our daughter (who was a Peace Corps Volunteer in that country at that time). I think every picture in the sequence below talks to the theme of this week’s challenge, perhaps in different ways.
I had to dig back in time to find a couple of themes that could perhaps be suitable for this challenge. It is possible that they may be missing the mark regarding the objective of the challenge.
The C&O canal has had a history of problems dealing with the forces of nature even in its heyday. The park that remains today where this canal once operated is particularly vulnerable even to this day, especially since there is little money available to the National Park Service (NPS) to maintain its 184.5 mile stretch along the Potomac river. The aqueducts have suffered damage regularly, and the ones that are still standing are there primarily due to the efforts of volunteer organizations working with the NPS to preserve some of these historic structures.
In 2010 there was a massive snowstorm that hit the Washington DC area and the east coast of the United States called Snowmageddon! Over the next few weeks the melting snow in the mountains caused massive flooding in the Potomac river and a disaster in the C&O canal park. Here are a few pictures showing some of the problems caused by the weather. I am happy to observe that the particular oops! seen below have been addressed over a period of time since that time.
In 2012 we visited West Africa and the country of the Republic of Guinea. We did a lot of traveling while we were there. It was an adventure of sorts considering the conditions of the roads and the vehicles in use. In fact the highway that we took from Guinea to Senegal was essentially a dirt track winding through the mountains. The vehicles on the road were in many cases several decades old, kept running by the ingenuity of the locals. There was really no public transportation available, which led to amazing scenes of people and material stacked in and on decrepit vehicles traveling on the bad roads. In any case, the circumstances were ideal for us to witness many oops! moments. Thankfully we were ourselves not involved in any serious incidents.