Since my previous post was about the memorial service and spending time with family, this post is intended to record some of the experiences we had while visiting in Kentucky, Ohio, and West Virginia.
Several years ago, I had read an article about an organization that was building a life-sized ark somewhere in Kentucky. When planning this trip, it was at the top of our must see list.
The ark is located in Williamstown, Kentucky, which is between Cincinnati, Ohio and Louisville, Kentucky We drove for about 2 1/2 hours from our campsite in Argillite to get to the ark. My cousin, John, had told me you could see it from the road if you knew what you were looking for. Unfortunately, I can't do a lot of "looking" while I drive; and, Ron is almost as blind as a bat so he never saw it either.
Ark Encounter is located right off an interstate so getting to there is really easy. We went on a Monday morning in the early spring so there were no crowds. The entire facility in simply fascinating; regardless of whether or not you believe in the Bible. Many, many exhibits have scientific facts to substantiate the events that took place, and prove that what Noah did was NOT impossible by man's standards. I highly encourage anyone who has the opportunity to go, to make the trip. Nearby, there is a Creation Museum, which Ron and I chose to skip because I didn't know if his knees would handle so much walking.
|At the entrance to the ark, there is an attendant that|
will take your picture for you! We haven't mastered
|There are several life-sized topiary animals as you enter the|
|The patina of the wood has started to change due to the weather.|
It looks almost silver where the sun hits it.
The interior is still a more natural wood color.
|There are no stairs inside the ark. You walk from one|
level to another on wide ramps with a slight incline.
|This is one example of the feeding crates.|
Small animals would be placed inside the crates. Food and
water were provided through the clay pots and
wooden boxes on the exterior.
|Fresh water, oils, and grains were stored in large,|
clay pots. There were also cisterns on the top
for collecting rain water.
|Many scenes were built throughout the ark|
to tell the story from the Bible; and, some
depicted daily life on the ark.
|The center of the ark was open to allow light|
to travel to each level.
|However, the passage ways were still very dim.|
There were electric lights on the walls
built to look like oil lamps.
|Another shot of the ramps that take you from|
one floor to the next.
|Another depiction of daily chores that|
kept Noah and his family busy each day.
|The builders created separate living areas for each|
of Noah's sons' families.
|This is a depiction of Noah releasing the dove each|
day to see if the waters had receded.
When we left the ark, we discovered that there are several attractions on the grounds. They have a zip line set up on one side. There is also a petting zoo, vendors market, and monument walk. Because we were there during the off season and on a week day, many things weren't open. We did go to the all you can eat, buffet/cafeteria for lunch. The food was absolutely abundant and so good! The price is very reasonable as well. Ron and I ate for less than $30.
|There was every salad you could imagine available.|
None of it tasted like it was mass produced. It was
all fresh and delicious.
|Ron stuck to his meat and potatoes favorites. He|
said it was great; but, the man likes Spam so.....
I'm so glad we were able to make it to the Ark Encounter. We would love to take the grands so maybe we will add it to a family road trip itinerary one day.