Home Is Where We Park It: East Fork State Park, Bethel, Ohio
June 30, 2019
Temperature 96 degrees
Time once again to get on the road. This days trip would be a bit of a different one. Barbara wanted to go to the Creation Museum after the Ark Encounter. We discovered that it was a good hour from our last home, but on the route to our new home. Therefore, we decided we would make a mid trip stop on the way to our new home.
We got up and at it early because we wanted to be there by at least 10 am. Most of the packing had been done the night before so it was an easy 45 minutes to finish packing and we were ready to roll. Slides in, jacks up and we were on the road.
The weather was perfect if not a bit on the warm side. Traffic was light and so we made good time. Really good time. In fact we were there before they had even opened. We thought the Museum opened at 10 am but lo and behold we discovered that they actually opened at noon. There we sat at the closed gate car hanging out on the road. Wait, there was a number to call if you needed assistance. Let’s try it. Bingo! They opened the gate for us and in we rolled.
We found a spot to park off in the back of the RV lot. Given the day’s temperature there was no way we would be able to leave Marti inside, unless. Unless we ran the generator and the AC. Which is exactly what we did. We’ve done this before when visiting other attractions when he was with us and it proved to be the right thing to do.
Off we went to get our tickets
The Museum is a 75,000-square-foot facility that allows a person to experience earth history as God has revealed it in the Bible. Nearly 150 exhibits feature fearsome animatronic dinosaurs,
talking heroes of the faith – like Noah
and professional displays that honor God´s Word. This was a display about the building of the ark.
The museum also boasts a fun-filled, 200-seat special effects theater, a state-of-the-art planetarium, a petting zoo, nature trails, and lots more.
At the heart of the Creation Museum is a chronological retelling of biblical history in seven parts called the Seven C´s. This exhibit allows you to step back in time, beginning with Creation, and fast-forward to Christ´s return.
Both the Ark Encounter and the Creation Museum are a Christian evangelistic outreach of Answers in Genesis. What is presented in each park is thus their beliefs and interpretation of Biblical truth. One thus needs to approach both parks with this in mind. Overall, we both came away from our time here with mixed feelings. One thing we both without reservation agreed upon is that each attraction is way over-priced.
After our time at the Creation Museum over it was time to head to our new home. We went back to Graybeard and it was oh so nice to walk into a cool and comfortable rig.
Having had lunch already we were on the road in no time. Once again traffic was light and there were no accidents nor construction to slow us down. Our GPS took us right to the entrance gate of the park.
This is one of the largest state parks in Ohio. It has camping, hiking, swimming and boating opportunities. The state park is home to many junior and collegiate rowing races, including the US Rowing Youth National Championships. There is a national tournament this weekend that, unfortunately, we will not be here for.
This is a gem of a park. Wide, paved roads in excellent condition that are easy to navigate. There are no overhanging trees. We found our site without a problem. It is a back-in, easy to get into. The pad is paved and dead on level. All utilities are convenient to the wet bay. There is good site separation and excellent shade, yet an open window to the southern sky on the drivers side for our DISH antenna.
We’re settled in for the next several days. While we’re here we hope to tour a couple of local attractions. Then we’ll move further north into Ohio and finally we’ll make a run to Ives Run in PA.
That was our day on The Road of Retirement. Another full but easy day which we of course did our way traveling along, hand in hand, singing our song.
Thanks again for joining us on our journey. We always enjoy your company. Catch you tomorrow.
These are the voyages of Graybeard and it’s occupants, four paws and two humans. Our continuing mission: to explore as many new states as possible, to seek out new acquaintances and make new friends, to boldly go where we have not been before
See you on down the road!