The Mark Twain Adventure

My husband and I recently went to Hannibal, Missouri. Why? Because he’d never been. We aren’t huge Mark Twain fans. (Shhhh…don’t tell anyone in Missouri that.) We quickly discovered that, besides Mark Twain/Tom Sawyer/Huck Finn, there didn’t seem to be all that much to do in Hannibal, so we jumped in.

Although everything was named after their favored son, we discovered many enjoyable treasures. A bakery with pretty stinkin’ good cinnamon rolls. A bistro with amazing breakfast sandwiches. Just walking around downtown was enjoyable.

We went to the Mark Twain Home and Museum and viewed a permanent exhibit of Norman Rockwell’s Tom Sawyer illustrations. I’m a huge Norman Rockwell fan, so we thoroughly enjoyed that.

We also went on a riverboat cruise and saw the inspiration for Jackson Island and the lighthouse where the lady who inspired Twain’s Widow Douglas lived.


Even though the riverboat was a small one, I completely understood why that mode of travel appealed to people. The sounds of the water. The breeze. The lazy pace. Very relaxing.

Here’s a picture of the road our GPS took us to get from Hannibal to Mark Twain State Park where we camped. We heard banjos. Seriously.

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