From Marceline along Route 36 to Hannibal for a look at the Tom Sawyer whitewashed fence. I still say I “Tom Sawyered” someone into doing something once in a while. I have always noticed that when Sam Clemens aka Mark Twain writes about a young boy, the boy thinks and acts exactly like I did as a kid. I recently was at Prosperos Book Store in KC. They sponsored dramatic readings of short stories by Twain. One of the selections was A Dog’s Tale. I strongly suggest you read A Dog’s Tale (click on the title to read the book online). Missourians should be required to visit Hannibal and read Mark Twain. If you have ever read Tom Sawyer or Huck Finn, sitting by the Mississippi, looking up at Spyglass Hill then across to an island in the River brings those stories to life. I can see these two little boys running through the streets, swimming in the river, climbing the hill, going to the graveyard at night with a dead cat and hiding from Injun Joe. Speaking of Injun Joe, the Cave is a great tour. The Mark Twin Memorial Lighthouse on top of Cardiff Hill is very cool.
Well, a soda and a Subway Sandwich beside the Mississippi and on the road again.