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Jul 28, 2019 - Mark Twain Lake and Hannibal, Missouri July 23 - 25, 2019

The drive from Oxford, IA to Hannibal, MO was through farm country. The fields really are quite beautiful and amazing. Some corn is doing quite well but the flooding has impacted every state we have been through. The fields are, corn, soybeans or alfalfa – all green. So, we didn't stay in Hannibal, Missouri because when I was looking at reservations Hannibal was flooding. Somewhere along the trip it said to myself “I better find a place to stay” and I found Mark Twain Lake which is a Corps of Engineer site. This was a beautiful stop. We...

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Apr 6, 2019 - Topeka to Hannibal

We woke this morning at 6:30 which we knew was later than we had planned. The plan was to leave at 8:00 but after sharing our morning coffee it was 8:40 when we finally pulled away from Deer Creek Valley RV Park. One hour later we crossed into Missouri and with only one stop for fuel we arrived at the Mark Twain Cave Campground just five hours and 15 minutes after leaving Deer Creek Valley. We were all set up by 3:00 and it wasn’t long before we saw the smiling faces of Jennifer, Colby and Lauren. They also brought “Stubby, our “grand-dog”...

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Sep 9, 2018 - Home in Hannibal

Marilyn & I shared our coffee together as usual and still managed to complete the normal chores we do before hitting the road. It was exactly 8:30 when we pulled out of Deer Creek Valley RV Park on a beautiful morning with clear blue skies and bright sunshine. Just one hour later we crossed the State Line into Missouri. Marilyn was following me in the car which is now our normal way to travel when we use turnpikes or toll roads of any type. We communicate back & forth with hand held radios and that works quite well. We stopped in Cameron,...

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Apr 28, 2018 - We're "Home" Again

We had a beautiful day to travel and left Deer Creek Valley RV Park at 7:40 in the morning. Marilyn followed in her car and we communicated with the new hand held CB radios we purchased. We stopped in Cameron for fuel and a bathroom break and arrived at the Mark Twain Cave Campground at 1:00 PM. Jennifer and the Grandkids arrived only a couple of minutes after us so we were totally distracted while trying to set up. This caused some real confusion and frustration for us. We flooded the floor when we turned on the water, broke the bathroom...

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Dec 4, 2017 - Busy Morning and Move to the Mansion

Our day began early as we had a variety of items on our “To-Do” list. Marilyn rode with me to the James E Cary Cancer Center in Hannibal where I had blood drawn for the lab before meeting with Doctors the following morning. It was nice to see some of the good people who were helping me with my therapy. As soon as we finished the Lab work, we headed off, back to Palmyra, to see our regular Doctor. Things went very well there and we were soon finished. In fact we had time to drive around Palmyra for a while before getting an adjustment from...

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Sep 29, 2017 - Sam's Hometown. No, not Sam Walton

I visited Sam's hometown, but it was a Sam with a bit more history and genius of a different sort than the founder of WalMart. This Sam had a life of varied careers and then, he sat down and wrote a story: The Adventures of Tom Sawyer. Not long after came The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (widely considered the first great American novel) and for those of you at home (my home), he also wrote The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County. He wrote that in 1865 - a few years ago, but I and most Americans have heard about him and his...

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May 12, 2017 - We're In Hannibal

After eleven overnights along the way, we arrived in Hannibal today. Both of us feel like “Road Warriors”. We are worn out and happy to be “Home” for a while. We arrived a bit before 1:00 PM and were set up by 2:00. Jennifer and the Grandkids drove in as soon as school was out today. Needless to say, hugs were exchanged for a few minutes as we marveled at how much those grandkids have grown. It had been more than six months since we have been with them and they seem to be growing up so fast. Colby and I played catch with his football and...

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Sep 5, 2016 - Topeka to Hannibal

It was exactly 8:15 this morning when we left the RV Resort in Topeka, and one hour later we were heading north on I-435. We stopped in Cameron, Missouri to top off with fuel and get a bite to eat before continuing east on US-36 to Hannibal. We rolled into the Mark Twain Campground in Hannibal right at 2:00 PM and were all set up by 3:30. The temperature was 89 degrees and the humidity must have been an even higher number. We had sweat dripping off of us by the time we finished. Friends who had been here over the holiday but were leaving...

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May 1, 2016 - Carthage to Hannibal

We were hooked up and ready to go when we pulled out of the Coachlight RV Park in Carthage, MO at 7:30 this morning. We made one stop to top off the fuel in Lebanon, MO, and arrived at Mark Twain Campground in Hannibal at 1:05 pm. It sure felt good to be at home in Hannibal for the next five weeks. We were almost completely set up when Jennifer arrived with the two grandkids waving out the window. I finished connecting the water hoses, and then became busy playing football, followed by baseball, followed by basketball. I told Colby that it...

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Apr 25, 2016 - Hannibal, Missouri

We start our day on the National Road through Vandalia. Quickly, we leave the road and head west. We are avoiding St. Louis and the Interstate. Route 16 is good with no traffic. We see farmland. We near the border of Missouri. We cross the Illinois River. We see a Great River Road sign and ignore the GPS. We take a scenic ride along the Illinois River. Eventually, I tell John that we need to head west to the Mississippi. We pick a side road that doesn’t look too bad. I am sure if I could find it on the map, it would be shaded “light grey.”...

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Sep 26, 2015 - Weekend Update

We chose to have breakfast at the Hotel before leaving. The scrambled eggs, bacon, sliced fruit, coffee, and juice were quite tasty, and we were on our way at 6:45 AM. We drove in light rain nearly all the way to St Joseph, MO, where we stopped for lunch at the Cracker Barrel. Marilyn was ready to drive by that time so she drove the remainder of the way home. It was right at 3:00 in the afternoon when we arrived back home. We could see that the campground was filling up for the “Hootenanny” weekend, but we were exhausted and chose to sit...

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Sep 11, 2015 - Family Time

We left the Deer Creek Valley RV park at 10 minutes before 8:00 this morning. One hour later we crossed the state line into Missouri, and five hours after leaving Topeka we arrived at the Mark Twain Cave. I went inside and began getting hugs from the good folks who were working today. Connie, who runs the Camp Store and schedules for the Campground was the first to come out from her desk to exchange hugs with me. Then Patty, one of the long time guides here, greeted me with a hug. Linda, the owner, followed and gave me a big hug. We chatted...

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