We left Indian Lakes Campground in Batesville, IN at 11:50am on Monday, November 1. We headed out with Acey’s mileage at 78,756.2 – Thor has 94,037 and we have put 1,492 miles on our bikes. As we headed out, we drove a few miles into Ohio, back into Indiana, over the Ohio River and into Kentucky all in 16 minutes!
We stopped at Costco to refuel (some Costcos carry diesel!), parked at a rest area to make lunch and arrived at Northern KY RV Park at 1:00. After we got set up, we went for a walk around the campground.
Linda’s Apple watch map of our walk shows how the park is situated between I-75 and a train track. This will make for rather noisy nights…
Sure enough, traffic was noisy all night but we only heard one train blow its horn during the night. After breakfast, we headed to nearby Willliamstown, KY to go to the Ark Encounter. The Ark is built to the specifications given to Noah, outlined in the 6th chapter of Genesis “14 Make yourself an ark of gopher wood.4 Make rooms in the ark, and cover it inside and out with pitch. 15 This is how you are to make it: the length of the ark 300 cubits,5 its breadth 50 cubits, and its height 30 cubits. 16 Make a roof6 for the ark, and finish it to a cubit above, and set the door of the ark in its side. Make it with lower, second, and third decks.(Genesis 6:14–16 ESV)
Cubits can vary; the ark here was built to be 510 feet long, 85 feet wide, and 51 feet high, making it the largest freestanding, timber-frame structure in the world.
Since the Bible does not provide every detail the designers needed to build the replica, artistic license was used, taking great care not to contradict biblical details. Read more about that here.
It may have taken Noah 75 years to build the ark; with modern construction equipment it took a little over 2 years to build the Ark Encounter structure.
As we entered the ark, there were sound effects to make it seem like a storm was here! Noah and his family were gathered for prayer.
This may be how small animals could have been contained. As we passed through this area, we heard sounds of animals chattering in the cages.
No one knows exactly how the animals were kept, but this is what the Ark Encounter designers came up with – water containers on each enclosure and the waste would be collected down chutes under each one and cleaned out at the bottom.
Reptiles and amphibians may have been kept in pots like these, with moths for food.
Larger animals, of course, had larger enclosures. here are the Bear kind, the sloth kind, the deer kind, the pig kind and the giraffe kind.
There were cages of many other kinds of animals represented that are now extinct. Read more here.
Water or other things may have been stored like this – several walls had jars lined up like this.
And feed or other dry foods may have been stored like this.
The enormity of the ark was impressive – large trees give strength to the 3-floor structure. Quoting from the Ark Encounter website, “The trees were standing dead Englemann spruce that were over 200 years old. They were responsibly harvested from a forest in Utah. There are select forests managed by the forestry service where dead trees, before they begin to rot, are harvested and repurposed; then the forest is replanted for future harvests. What’s really nice about these gigantic 66 foot tall logs that are 50 inches in diameter is the fact that they are already dry, so they won’t move or twist once in place.” More info here, including a 5 minute video.
More info we found interesting…
There could not have been a pair of every species of a kind – as these displays explain:
The rain lasted 40 days, but it took a while for the waters to recede, even after the ark settled on land; it was nearly a full year that Noah’s family and the animals were on the ark. All the creatures came in thru the door. The door is very symbolic in the scriptures.
More food for thought – you may or may not agree with the scriptural world view, but it makes sense to us.
We found the Ark Encounter to be quite interesting and gave us a lot to think about! You can read more about it here!
On Wednesday, Linda worked on the blog, Jim did some maintenance chores and after lunch we drove to Florence to walk in the mall – its rather cold out! On many trips North, we have passed by this water tower off I-75/71 – recognize it?!
We drove over to check out Braxton Brewing’s Barrell House in nearby Fort Mitchell.
They had a big selection of craft brews on tap. We enjoyed a flight and headed back to Acey.
Thursday morning we head out again – to Park City, KY. Linda has an appointment with our dentist in Nashville to have her tooth looked at – a couple of weeks ago, the crown fell off a back molar and was glued back on – just want to have Dr. T see if all is OK – or not… so we have an early start planned.
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