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Where Twain Meets – Hannibal, Missouri

The river town of Hannibal, Missouri rests along the banks of the "Mighty Mississippi". Growing up in such a world, during the mid-1800s, would have surely presented an adventurous world to any boy. This was certainly the case for Samuel Langhorne Clemens, who would seal his fame with the pen name of Mark Twain. Born the sixth of seven children, Samuel would lose three siblings at an early age. His parents uprooted their family to move to Hannibal when Samuel was four-years-old. This new wonderland would serve as the backdrop for many of his stories and characters and end up being where Twain [...]

By |2021-01-12T04:55:05-06:00January 12th, 2021|Hannibal, Midwest, Missouri|0 Comments

Hunting History – Oakley, Kansas

Crossing through western Kansas, we can imagine herds of buffalo charging across the plains. Large numbers were roaming the territory when white settlers first arrived. The end of the Civil War brought expanded interest and development to Kansas. The "Border War" was fought on the eastern edge of the state, and seemed like a distant memory. As settlers flooded into the region, room was needed for farming and cattle herds. While buffalo hunters came to the Oakley, Kansas area for potential profit, we came out hunting history. Gearing Up for the Hunt Not everyone looked at the buffalo the same way. Native Indians [...]

By |2021-01-08T07:36:09-06:00January 8th, 2021|Kansas, Midwest, Oakley|0 Comments

River Town Tastes – Hannibal, Missouri Eats

For many, us included, you cannot get the real flavor of a destination without including visits to some of the local restaurants. Hannibal, Missouri has a distinct connection with the "Mighty Mississippi", so we certainly wanted to experience the river town tastes that can be found there. Obviously, we would want some variety  and knew that we would be dedicating our time to the downtown section of town. It is worth noting that our visit to Hannibal allowed us plenty of sights and tastes all within walking distance of their historic district. Mark Twain Dinette Driving into Hannibal from the north, one of [...]

By |2020-12-28T08:06:23-06:00January 5th, 2021|Hannibal, Midwest, Missouri|8 Comments

The Kansas Badlands – Little Jerusalem State Park

The more we explore the Midwest, the more we discover that it is filled with surprises. For instance, how often do you hear people say that Kansas is flat and devoid of any significant landscape features? To many, you must travel to the coast or the Rockies to find amazing sights. Reality shows that this is far from the truth, and there are plenty of unusual spots scattered around the state. One prime example would be the Kansas Badlands, which hides from the sight of those passing by. Welcome to Little Jerusalem Little Jerusalem Badlands State Park is located about 60 miles east [...]

By |2021-01-01T05:44:29-06:00January 1st, 2021|Kansas, Midwest, Oakley|14 Comments

Hidden History – Hannibal Legends

Hannibal, Missouri is known far and wide for its connection to Samuel Clemens. Many of you know him best by his pen name of Mark Twain. His stories reflect the life and struggles of growing up in a river town in the mid-1800s. While many of his tales are based on moments and memories from his life, there are hidden history stories that are less well known. During our visit, we had the fortune to hear some of these stories and walk the sites where they may have occurred. This experience helped us feel like we were drawn into one of Twain's tales. [...]

By |2020-12-16T17:49:42-06:00December 29th, 2020|Hannibal, Midwest, Missouri|0 Comments

Drawing From Life – Becky Thatcher

The Adventures of Tom Sawyer is an American classic that has been cherished by readers for generations. From its first publication, in 1876, this adventure into childhood has captured the imagination of Mark Twain fans. As we had already discovered, Samuel Clemens (a.k.a. Mark Twain) was a master of drawing from life, when creating his memorable characters. Tom Sawyer was one of his greatest accomplishments, as it appealed to a broad base of readers. While the youth find the exciting adventures captivating, adult readers will have moments of nostalgia for the days of their own youth. This particular tale brings to life Becky [...]

By |2020-12-22T07:32:32-06:00December 22nd, 2020|Hannibal, Midwest, Missouri|6 Comments

Tied To The Road – Karlock’s Kars

The cars we drive say a lot about us, and it is interesting to see how they have changed over the generations. We are sure the early automobile builders never imagined how much cars would change over time. Each new model seems to bring breakthroughs in comfort, style, and luxury. Of course, there are many who yearn for the autos of yesteryear, which brings a bit of nostalgia with them. During a visit to Hannibal, we stopped by Karlock's Kars to get a peek at some classics from days gone by. What we found was more than just a garage filled with automobiles, [...]

By |2020-12-15T07:16:28-06:00December 15th, 2020|Hannibal, Midwest, Missouri|8 Comments

Going On Safari – Topeka Zoo

Spending time with our grandkids has opened up opportunities to visit some fun destinations. Being able to share our love for zoos with them helps us build a stronger bond while learning more about the world we live in. A recent excursion had us going on safari to the Topeka Zoo for a morning filled with exploration. An overcast late summer day was the perfect time for us to observe and interact with other species. We want to thank the Topeka Zoo for hosting our visit. Rest assured all opinions are our own.  How You Doing? The Topeka Zoo is located in the [...]

By |2020-11-27T06:31:48-06:00December 11th, 2020|Kansas, Midwest, Topeka|2 Comments

Triumph Over Oppression – Huck Finn Freedom Center

The mere mention of the town of Hannibal, Missouri evokes images of Mark Twain. It seems his iconic identity goes hand-in-hand with this river town. Most of us have grown up on the literary works of Samuel Langhorne Clemens, who penned the books we read in school. The characters he created kept us entertained with their riveting adventures. Many of the people in his books were fashioned from citizens he had known during his youth. One that stands out from the rest is Jim, the African-American slave of Miss Watson, who is a character in the "Adventures of Huckleberry Finn". During our Hannibal [...]

By |2020-12-08T04:41:18-06:00December 8th, 2020|Hannibal, Midwest, Missouri|12 Comments
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