July 3, 2008

World's Largest Horseshoe Crab & The Ohio River

Today we met up with our friends Amber and Shelly and went to see the world's biggest horseshoe crab.

See it yourself at the Freedom Worship Baptist Church in Blanchester, Ohio.

Originally built for the Columbus Maritime Museum in Baltimore, it was ultimately determined that the museum had no room for the crab and it was donated to the church.

A scripture garden surrounds the crab.

An eagle greets visitors at the front entrance of the church.

Pastor Jim Rankin started the church in 2004 and was kind enough to give us a personal tour.

The church building was successfully converted from a long-time hardware store.

Preparations were being made for the Fourth of July town parade.
The church features an impressive collection of artifacts from biblical times, as well as other historical time periods.
Each youth room features a different theme.
This display is featured behind the church.
Thanks to Pastor Rankin for the tour!

Learn more about the church, the horseshoe crab and their Crab Fest at http://www.freedomworshipbaptist.com/ .

Next we headed to Cincinnati to view the city from the Ohio River aboard the Mark Twain Riverboat.
It was quite a stormy day for a riverboat ride.

Two professional sports stadiums can be viewed from the Ohio River.
The skyline of Cincinnati.
The "Big Mac Bridge" spans the river.
This would be a neat building to live in...when I win the lottery.
Since it was raining, our riverboat video is really brief.

To be continued...

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