Creation Museum and Ark Encounter: If You Go

If you go:
Eating at the Creation Museum was pricey. The food was good, but it was all packaged separately. I recommend taking a break, going into Hebron, and eating at one of the many (many!) restaurants there.

I had to post about Emzara’s Buffet, separately (Emzara is the name The Ark Encounter gave to Noah’s wife.)
At The Ark Encounter, I highly and fully recommend Emzara’s Buffet. It’s open 11 am – 6pm (I think). Picture Golden Corral or Pizza Ranch, and enhance it by multitudes. Emzara’s Buffet has SO MUCH food, and every single bite was delicious. I mean, DELICIOUS! Dessert and drinks are included. $15 for adults, $10 for seniors 60 and over, kids under 4 are free; I forget the price for kids older than 4.
Interestingly, there was a ferocious thunderstorm while we were eating. Torrential, tropical rains, high winds, very close lightning, BOOM thunder, the whole works. I loved it!

At both places, we arrived just after 9am. We had plenty of time to see all that we wanted to see, and eat leisurely. We left some time around 3pm, even though they close at 6. Really, you could spend much more time, watching every second of every video, and reading every word of every informational post. 

I researched hotels online for two hours before choosing one near the airport, along I-275. The hotels near The Ark Encounter get poor reviews. Those nearer the airport had much better reviews, and were better priced. The Creation Museum is very close to the airport. The Ark Encounter is 40 miles south.

Rush hour is a serious consideration, especially for those of us who are not used to big-city driving. When I used my Google maps, I could choose No Highways for routes, and we were relieved to have that option.

Emzara’s Buffet:

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The torrential storm:

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The storm knocked over some of the large potted plants.

Ark Encounter

We visited The Ark Encounter in Williamstown, KY. Another Wow Wow! Please put this on your list – it’s amazing and incredible. I so appreciated, in both the Creation Museum and The Ark Encounter, that they pointed in all ways, in all things, to God, and gave Him glory.

The Ark is an exact replica of Noah’s ark, as closely as they were able, from the instructions God gave Noah in the Bible. It is made mostly of wood, and they employed several Amish woodworkers. All the money was donated – no taxes were used.

The shuttle dropped us at the Answer Center: they show two videos right off at 9:15, the first of which is about the building of the Ark. It’s worth it to watch before walking over to the Ark itself.

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The rest of the photos will, I hope speak for themselves. As always, photos cannot convey the experience, but here is a small taste:

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Creation Museum

We visited The Creation Museum in Petersburg, KY. Wow, wow, holy cow!!! If you haven’t been, you need to go! This was amazing.

We walked through beautiful gardens to arrive at the entrance to the museum.

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The premise of the museum is to introduce The 7 C’s of History: Creation, Corruption, Catastrophe, Confusion, Christ, Cross, Consummation.

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We watched the 4-D short, Six Days. You get battery-powered 3-D glasses to watch. The 4th D is the rumbling seats, puffs of air, and bumps in your seat. 😊 It’s the six days of Creation, narrated word-for-word from Genesis Ch 1. It’s about the most incredible movie I’ve ever seen. We watched it again the same afternoon.

Live-action figures, narrated or posed, showed Adam, Eve, Noah, and other Bible characters.

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Got questions about how the earth was changed after the flood? What happened to the dinosaurs? How did culture change after Babel? The answers are in Genesis.

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And, we serve a God of hope. He always did love us, always did promise a Savior – Himself, His Son.

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If you can make this trip, I highly recommend it!

God is Great

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So this was our view on our walk last night. We are blessed to have arrived at our family reunion, this year at the NC Outer Banks.

It’s been quite a week. We started a week ago with the death of a friend; a funeral on Friday. That put us two days late to our family reunion. God is good to allow the timing to be able to do both.

It was a hard three-day drive to get here from South Dakota (12 hours, 12 hours, 10 hours). My husband did all the driving (he’s the road warrior); I am the navigator (we use the real, paper maps, the kind that fold out). America is a beautiful country.

All the stress started melting away after dinner when we walked barefoot along the beach. We were awe-struck, gazing at the moonrise on the east side, and the sunset on the west.

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We talked about God’s amazing handiwork. About God’s people. We walked along the sandy beach, thinking about Genesis 22.17, That in blessing I will bless thee, and in multiplying I will multiply thy seed as the stars of the heaven, and as the sand which is upon the sea shore; and thy seed shall possess the gate of his enemies.

And that we are now Abraham’s seed, because we have been grafted into God’s Family through Jesus Christ our Lord. We shall be blessed; we shall possess the gate of our enemies.

I Pray I See my Friend in Heaven

A dear, wonderful loved one died.

Will I see this person in heaven? I don’t know.

That brings me anguish. Whence comes the anguish?

Is it because I don’t have control over someone’s eternity? I think my friend was good, kind, loving, giving, gentle, and patient; and ought to live with God for eternity. But I know that no one deserves eternity with God. It is only through faith in Jesus that we may have forgiveness of sins and, therefore, life everlasting in His presence.

How to assuage my anguish?

I know that all things rest in the loving, wise Hands of my Lord. He is the One Who saves, Who condemns. He is the One Who is right, is righteous, is just.

I rest in the peace of knowing that I know that I know.

I will cry at the funeral. A pillar of the family is missing. I will share in the tears of family and friends. I will feel their deep sorrow of loss. I will pray there were no regrets. I will give solace in hugs, and in words spoken or unspoken.

I pray I see my friend in Heaven.