Tag Archives: Hannibal

Between Black Friday and Cyber Monday was Shop Small Saturday

It didn’t get as much play in the papers or online, but Saturday, the 26th of November, was “Shop Small” Saturday; a day to support local business by shopping in stores within your community. Hannibal, Mo.,  is very fortunate to have a wealth of local stores from which to choose, and “Shop Small” Saturday reminded me just how lucky we ... Read More »

Explore Highway 79; A Colorful Adventure Awaits

The World Series has St. Louis in the national and international spotlight, and we all hope that the St. Louis Cardinals can be the comeback team of the year by taking games 6 and 7 this week in St. Louis. But as the sports enthusiasts follow the boys of summer into their final games, Missourians to the north of St. ... Read More »

Time to Explore Missouri’s Wonder

Explore the fun and history at Mark Twain Cave.

“It is strange and fine – Nature’s lavish generosities to her creatures.” – Mark Twain Anyone who has traveled much in the state of Missouri knows the wide variety of gems Mother Nature has given us.  With the power of the personal camera, anyone can capture their own breathtaking river view, modern skyline, rustling prairie, or golden sunset. It’s amazing ... Read More »

The Government is going to be mad at me for this blog …

Mark Twain in his quarry farm study

… but I promise, Twain made me do it! In light of sooooo many political ads we are all enduring – I mean seeing – this time of year, (especially those lucky enough to live next to Illinois and Iowa – a three for one deal!) I thought a blog showcasing some of Mark Twain’s thoughts on politics might give ... Read More »

Crossing Missouri on US 36

090924_highway36_seal_white_small

This summer, the effort to make US Highway 36 in Missouri into a four-lane highway was completed.  Initially called the Pikes Peak Ocean to Ocean Highway, US Highway 36 originally spanned from New York City to San Francisco, Calif. Today, Missouri’s Highway 36 is not only noted as the Veteran’s of Foreign Wars (VFW) Highway, we are also dubbing it ... Read More »

So Much To Do …

Growing up, Mom always said summer was pretty much over after July 4. I hated that notion, but now understand what she’s talking about. The days of late July and August, though often punishingly hot, do move pretty fast. And while school is on the horizon, there are plenty of things to do in Missouri before the kids get back ... Read More »

Just the Facts …

The Mississippi River in downtown Hannibal.

“Get the facts first, then you can distort ‘em as you please” – Mark Twain This is one of my favorite quotes by Hannibal’s favorite son, Mark Twain.  It runs across my mind whenever I am working on fending off a half-truth or misconceptions, which are apt to appear from time to time. This spring was a prime example.  Just ... Read More »

From 66 to 61

Ellen takes a sip at Elbow Inn

After a whirlwind trip on Missouri’s portion of Route 66, MoPhotoGirl and I left St. Louis and Lambert Airport on a Missouri Mission. Our destination … Hannibal. More on that in a bit. First, let’s recap the Route 66 trek. In short, it was a blast. Tiring, yes. But fun, nonetheless. My part of the journey actually began in Lebanon, ... Read More »

A Learning Experience

There is nothing I like more than going somewhere and finding something totally unexpected or learning something new.  In college, I went to Ireland for a week with some friends; not only did I find out Guinness was considered ‘old man’s beer’ by 20-somethings, I also got some sage advice about reasons NOT to kiss the Blarney stone. (I won’t ... Read More »

Let’s all think July!

A view from Lover's Leap

“Cold! If the thermometer had been an inch longer we’d all have frozen to death.”  Mark Twain Here in Hannibal, we just got some exciting news that has gotten me thinking about summer, which is a welcome reprieve from trying not to bust my rump stumbling over mounds of snow and ice.  Our National Tom Sawyer Days Celebration, held annually ... Read More »