Hannibal, Missouri

Posted by on May 16, 2018

Mark Twain Cave Campground – site F5

Tuesday morning we pulled out of the Branson KOA at 8:59 am and headed northeast-ish…roughly 280 miles and landed at the Twain Mark Cave and Campground where we stayed for two nights.

The campground was fairly empty which meant ‘quiet’…which was really nice.  We didn’t bother setting up the satellite dish, which was hard for Michael but it takes time to do and we really don’t get a chance to watch much TV these days.

Enroute to Hannibal we made a stop at Kelly’s Kitchen (church parking lot) where we enjoyed a working lunch (yummy salads!) from our recliners.  Got some emails taken care of, ordered some tires and crunched some numbers for one of our dealers.

Wednesday we got out and did a little venturing.  We made a quick stop at Walmart for some supplies (DEF being high on the list) and grabbed a late lunch at Jet’s Palace.

Jet’s was good.  I always base my first impression off of the hot & sour soup and theirs was very good.  They’re bbq pork fried rice was tasty.  Crab rangoon was very good.  Michael’s sweet & sour chicken came with vegetables (carrots, green pepper and onion) and pineapple so he was a happy camper.  I tried the Singapore Style Fried Rice (Vermicelli with shrimp, beef, chicken, egg, BBQ pork and vegetables sautéed in yellow curry sauce) and it was pretty tasty.  I asked for mild heat and they obliged.  The only thing I didn’t really care for were their egg rolls…they were more of a spring roll and the filling was kind blah.

The white building is where Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens) spent his growing up years.

However, the real reason to venture out was to visit the Boyhood Home of Mark Twain, who was born Samuel Langhorne Clemens.  His family moved to Hannibal, Missouri, which sits on the banks of the Mississippi River, when he was four.  Hannibal was the inspiration for the little town in his books, Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn.

Captain Michael at the helm of his own steamboat – see the Mighty Mississip in the background?

For our $12 admission fee we received entrance to the museum, Interpretive Center, Huck Finn House, Becky Thatcher House, J.M. Clemens Justice of the Peace Office and Mark Twain’s boyhood home.

An original Norman Rockwell – depicting Tom ‘persuading’ his friends to white wash the fence.

We wandered around the grounds for several hours, checking out the various displays and exhibits.  The museum had 8 original Norman Rockwell pieces of art that depicted various scenes from The Adventures of Tom Sawyer – which I thought was pretty interesting.  The museum had several hands on activities as well as several videos to view.  There were even places where you could stop and listen to snippets of works.  Pretty cool.

Lovers Leap…is for Lovers!

On our way home we stopped at ‘Lovers Leap’ which is a tiny little park that sits atop a bluff that overlooks the Mississippi River.  What a gorgeous view of the river and of Hannibal itself.  There were several barges on the river but they didn’t seem to be moving and there was one little tugboat (Scuffy!) floating up river.  Definitely a place to stop if you’re ever in Hannibal.


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