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July 6, 2022 – Williamstown, KY – Do the zipline they said. It’ll be fun they said. So I saved it for last at The Ark Encounter in Williamstown, KY.

Tuesday was a hot day to pull into the Ark. My tires felt like they were melting. I wished for a little rain and thought what an oxymoron that would be considering what was ahead.

For those not familiar, The Ark is a 5-story replica of the biblical Noah’s Ark. It is on the edge of Williamstown, KY and was built by Ken Ham and “constructed by Amish builders using traditional timber framing techniques.”

You could see The Ark from the highway. More than massive and according to one of the info tidbits it was larger than a 747.

Families flood into the Ark (pun intended). It is a multi-cultural experience with people coming from across the US.

Walk up the wooden ramp and into the lower level of the vessel and you’re hit with a barnyard aroma and growls and squeals to match. https://youtu.be/c_f1ymm9zB4

Bamboo cages are stacked 3 and 4 levels high with a pair of animals or birds in each. They sounded hungry…

Into the bow of the boat you hear the powerful storm and the creaking of the timbers as the vessel rocks and pitches against the waves.

The overall feeling is how much thought, time and creativity went into this production.

The displays, especially the dioramas, are vivid and evoke feelings of fear, greed and hate.

The storytelling and images are profoundly colorful and intriguing, and each section wraps up with a Biblical message or artifact of discovery.

There is a strong balance of fun material for children and thought-provoking information for adults.

Impressive overall is the size of the structure and its surroundings which include fantastic foliage, an interactive zoo, a theatre with live performances and the zip line.

I didn’t think much about the zip line, other than it came highly recommended. I didn’t think about the height or signing a waiver … or flying over treetops… Not until I was getting gear on and standing next to the little girl in my group.

Dayanara V. was 15. She weighed a smidge more than the 75-pound minimum to go on ”the ride.”

CLICK HERE TO READ THE REST OF THE ARK ENCOUNTER AND ZIP LINING STORY.

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If the way that somebody lives pleases the Lord, the Lord will lead him into good things. Psalm 37:23 Easy English Bible

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