After his blog was off line for a couple of days, we were expecting something spectacular from Ken Ham (ol’ Hambo) — the ayatollah of Appalachia, the world’s holiest man who knows more about religion and science than everyone else. But now that it’s back up, it’s a bit of a disappointment.
He just posted this: Grassroots Tours to AiG’s Attractions. Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us for emphasis, and occasional Curmudgeonly interjections that look [like this]:
As word continues to spread nationwide (and even internationally) about the amazing Ark Encounter and high-tech Creation Museum, more and more “grassroots” tour groups, as I might call them, are making the trek here to Northern Kentucky. There’s a constant flow of families through our gates — with many children and teens — plus church groups and other groups (including many non-Christians).
Ooooooooooooh! Word continues to spread — drooler to drooler. How exciting! Then he says:
One very loyal couple in Iowa has been sending buses of guests our way for several years from hundreds of miles away. As volunteers, Ellen and Roger Bauer have organized these trips and found nearly 1,000 tourists from Iowa and nearby states to join them. The numbers have been increasing each year.
Are they “volunteers” or travel agents who specialize in creationist destinations? That’s never revealed, but we have our suspicions. Hambo tells us:
The Bauers have made dozens of trips [Gasp!], with the Ark Encounter becoming a new major draw since it opened two years ago.
Nobody would do that unless it was a money-making activity. He continues:
We have seen an surge [a surge!] of bus tour groups in the past few years, equating to tens of thousands of guests visiting our attractions. Remarkably, we have sometimes seen up to 60 buses travel to the Ark Encounter in a single day.
And while they’re touring the ark, someone has to hose out the bus to get rid of the drool. Let’s read on:
In an affectionate way, I have called Ellen and Roger “groupies.” Ellen and Roger have remained so consistent over the years that we should place them in an elevated status: from groupies to super-stars! Thank you, Ellen and Roger! We appreciate your creation evangelism efforts!
The typical bus has about 56 seats — or in Hambo’s way of looking at things, that’s 112 ticket-buying droolers. Adult tickets for the ark cost $48, so that’s over $5,300 per busload. Well, some on the bus may be kids, and most of them pay $25. Let’s say the typical busload produces at least $4,000 in revenue for Hambo. Not bad! We have no idea how much the organizers of the tour make, but it’s gotta be something worthwhile, if they keep doing it.
The rest of Hambo’s post is photos, so this is where we’ll leave him. But we can’t stop trying to imagine what it would be like, sitting on a bus full of droolers traveling from Iowa to Kentucky to see Hambo’s ark, and after seeing it, getting back on the bus and returning to Iowa again. No — we can’t imagine it. Can you, dear reader?
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