Our Trip to Hannibal, Missouri: A Mark Twain Study

Editor’s note: Today, we welcome guest contributor Chris Capolino to Catholic Tourist. Chris will be sharing regularly family adventures with us. As a homeschooler who loves to travel, she brings a fun, family-oriented perspective with her trips! Lisa

A statue of the man himself as one enters town

A statue of the man himself as one enters town

Age is an issue of mind over matter.
If you don’t mind, it doesn’t matter.

Go to Heaven for the climate,
Hell for the company.
Only one thing is impossible for God:
To find any sense in any copyright law on the planet.

Forgiveness is the fragrance that the violet sheds
on the heel that has crushed it.

Gripped yet, by the wit and wisdom of Mark Twain?? Well, we were certainly were as we turned back time and immersed in bygone days when we visited the boyhood home of America’s most well known authors and arguably a genius in his own right.

I find these quips of Twain’s especially relevant in our current political climate:

Patriotism is supporting your country all the time, and your government when it deserves it.

Suppose you were an idiot, and suppose you were a member of Congress. But I repeat myself.

Click through and enjoy a photojournal of our family trip this past summer to America’s Hometown: Hannibal, Missouri. Highlights include of her almost 8,000 mile journey, for a peek into the past,

  • a gander at the home of “the real” Becky Thatcher….
  • “the real” Huck Finn…
  • Twain’s life and inspiration….
  • “Meeting” the man himself…..

The Journey West

This site was a fountain of info on Twain, his works and practically speaking, touring the town and the surrounding area. We left home predawn on the Fourth of July, as my son was in a play at a local community theater the weekend prior to that.

We had planned to be off in late June, but when he landed the role, of course we pushed everything back ten days or so. With all that is involved in prep for a family cross country camping trip, it took some days after the hustle of rehearsals and performances to be sure we were set and to rev up for the journey. No matter much you think you have done, seems there’s always more, right? And speaking of planning for the trip, I have a post forthcoming on details of our packing for entertainment and learning in the kids’ backpacks….some of which I discuss below.

An interesting view of the NYC skyline, from the Jersey side, which always looks “backwards” to me…. the opposite of the skyline view one sees in  movies and TV set in NY. This is 70 miles west of us, though I grow up in Queens, in the shadow of the skyscrapers.  The Freedom Tower ( to the right) still looks like a surreal addition to the iconic structure of the cityscape. I  replay 9/11 in my mind whenever I see The City and probably always will.

Eight hundred miles later….
How cool is this?
Taken in Indiana on Interstate 74, heading west of course.

Yes, that’s our van stopped up there on the side of the road. The hubby ran back to get the shot for me, for our homeschool endeavors and for him as well, as an Earth Science teacher.

Click through to read the entire post at Chris’ site

About Chris Capolino

Chris Capolino loves her life as a homeschooling, work-at-home Mom! Chris, her husband and their lively, lovable boys are native New Yorkers and lifelong residents of The Empire State, but love the adventure of travel across our great nation. Chris is a regular contributor to Catholic Mom whose essays have appeared in numerous homeschool magazines and book collections. Please stop by her home on the web for a visit! Campfires and Cleats http://campfiresandcleats.blogspot.com/.

  • Allison Gingras

    Since we are not a traveling family – I really enjoy reading of other family’s adventures!! Great photos :))

  • Monica @equippingCatholic…

    Wow…you’ve travelled a lot this summer! Great pictures…and looks like a wonderful family adventure!