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Monday, July 28, 2014

The Ark!

We went to Frostburg to have dinner for my Dad’s birthday, and I talked my parents into stopping by The Ark!

Look! Here we are!

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Ta DA!

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We’re in luck! Clear skies!

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It’s large, but it’s not THAT large. Guess that’s why the dinosaurs couldn’t fit.

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I’m guessing this is the ramp for the animals to go down into the hold. Not much headroom for the elephants and giraffes.

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All the cement is crumbling.

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The footers (again, crumbling) were poured for a much larger structure than the existing steel super structure.

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There you go! A closer look at the Ark, a structure that has provided hours of amusement over the years.

There are several more pictures if you click through to Flickr.

5 Responses to “The Ark!”

  1. mattw Says:

    Shouldn’t the arc be built out of wood? I get that steel is good to frame it out and all, but it seems like it lacks a certain authenticity. Who is it that owns the land that thing is on?

  2. Eric Says:

    You can see the Ark from the front porch of my Aunt and Uncle who live next to the big country club near there.

    But what I really want to know is where you did you end up eating?

    Re: mattw’s question: look at the sign. It’s God’s Ark of safety. Of course it isn’t wood, you want something sturdier and fireproof. This also explains why they’ve had so many delays: per the Wikipedia entry on concrete ships, “The advantage of ferrocement construction is that materials are cheap and readily available, while the disadvantages are that construction labor costs are high, as are operating costs. (Ferrocement ships require thick hulls, which means extra mass to push and less space for cargo.)” (The space issue is a problem they’ll eventually have to address, of course, but the great thing about modern technology is how everything is getting smaller and smaller: if they can make a powerful, networked computer that fits in the palm of my hand, surely it’s only a matter of time before scientists make an elephant you can carry under one arm.)

  3. Michelle Says:

    Matt, According to the original directions, the Ark should be made of wood. I’m guessing someone is having an epic failure of instruction following.

    Eric, we ate at the Hen House. My dad was terribly disappointed they didn’t have fresh steamed crabs–that was the reason we went there in the first place. But the crab cakes were good.

    I, personally, look forward to the day of Shetland Elephants.

  4. Vince Says:

    The ark appears to be abandoned. While that’s not as good as never having started to begin with, it’s better than wasting the money to complete it.

  5. Michelle Says:

    Sadly, they are still soliciting donations.

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