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Road Trip to Creation

Ha-another double entendre! Creation according to the photos below is creationism vs. evolution, but in my mind, the creation is the creating of beautiful memories. My 80-year-old brother-in-law is very religious, and the Ark Encounter and Creation Museum were on his bucket list, so hubs and I took him this past week. It was a beautiful road trip--absolutely fun in this odd time of wearing masks and social distancing. That said, I'm nowhere near a creationist philosophy--and this trip actually had me feeling even more agnostic and evolution-leaning, but...the museum and the Ark were incredible feats of engineering and art. The exhibits were stunning and I captured several photos.

Hubs is in gray & his brother is in red. This is at the Japanese Gardens at the Creation Museum in Kentucky. Gary, my 80yo brother-in-law is an absolute trooper! Had I wanted to do the zip line adventure, he was ready to go, too!!
Hubs is in gray & his brother is in red. This is at the Japanese Gardens at the Creation Museum in Kentucky. Gary, my 80yo brother-in-law is an absolute trooper! Had I wanted to do the zip line adventure, he was ready to go, too!!

The poem I posted yesterday, was actually metaphor in many senses. I haven't been thinking in that abstract metaphor way in quite a while, but I was able to capture a bit of it yesterday, so I know that part of my brain isn't quite asleep. When I refer to Kangaroo Kisses, I mean these photos, from the Ark Encounter (also in Kentucky) below:

Living the life of Riley--this kangaroo is completely chilled out. Her handlers said that they have raised her since she was a joey, and she is about 2 years old.
Living the life of Riley--this kangaroo is completely chilled out. Her handlers said that they have raised her since she was a joey, and she is about 2 years old.
Then I grabbed her attention, I pet her (she was INCREDIBLY SOFT--her fur was somewhere between a kitten and a bunny) and she rewarded me with a little kanga-kiss. ♥
Then I grabbed her attention, I pet her (she was INCREDIBLY SOFT--her fur was somewhere between a kitten and a bunny) and she rewarded me with a little kanga-kiss. ♥

Still think it's crazy how wildlife is migrating toward me this summer...I was not at all expecting her to follow me, as she looked so cozy by the tree where she was. 

Kentucky has similar mask and social distancing rules as Illinois, so I am wearing a mask, even in this photo. Hubs and I are very chill travelers--Gary was, too! So, I'm guessing that the laidback travel attitude runs in the family. We are now discussing a trip out to Colorado to visit nieces & nephews...and when the world is no longer on fire, a bucket list trip back to Italy. Hubs and I visited Tuscany about 2 years ago and LOVED it. I learned to speak Italian for the trip. We want to go back as an extended family to possibly visit distant cousins when the world opens up again. Wouldn't it be funny for the one who married into the Italian family to be the translator? lol That said, Italian is SOOOOO easy for me because of its similarities to Spanish and French, which I studied as a young girl.

The Ark was stunning--from an engineering, art and size aspect. Here is hubs at the entrance: 

Amazing feat of engineering-The Ark Encounter at Williamstown, Kentucky & hubs posing in front.
Amazing feat of engineering-The Ark Encounter at Williamstown, Kentucky & hubs posing in front.

I won't go into the fundamentalist ideologies that ruffled my feathers on this trip, and will instead focus on how happy we made hubs's brother. Gary lost his wife 3 years ago, he turned 80 this year, and I'm thrilled we were able to fulfill one of his bucket list items. In everything that is going on in this world--politics, pandemic, religious odds, etc., it is more important than ever to fact-check yourself. What matters most to you? For me, it's helping others. Creating beautiful memories with those who are the most important to you and who you love. Making yourself happy. We accomplished this and more on our road trip. We even got to share our adventures with hubs's brother, his two sisters and a brother-in-law over a Mexican patio dinner last night. That's what prompted conversation about future family trips. ♥


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