Hospital trek day 1: With our heads dizzy after a very bumpy ride, we left our truck behind and started walking. This would be our trail for the next three days! We had two guides, Gaston and Akim to show us the way and help carry some of our bags. We started at the coast so we had a lot of elevation to gain over the next few days to reach the high plateau of where the next truck would pick us up. After walking for hours, the sun set and we reached the little village where we would spend the night. Akim, one of our guides, had family in the area and they kindly offered us a place to stay and fed us a delicious dinner, all cooked over a little fire outside. We had boiled roots (something both potato and cassava like), rice and shrimp and cassava greens, a tiny tin cup of very strong coffee, and a mug of ranovola, a very common drink we would be offered every meal that is made by boiling water in a pot that has burnt rice stuck to the bottom. The water takes on a pleasant, smoky flavor (if you like that kind of taste in your water!) We were given a mattress on the floor of the family’s bedroom and quickly fell asleep to the sweet sounds of their three children whispering softly in the bed next to us.
Distance walked: 6.6 miles