It was a very early start today. I was actually awake about 6:30am to get today started. We were meeting with two other RV'ing couples in Hannibal, MO. My sister Doris came over at 8:00 to join us and we left for the Mark Twain Cave complex about an hour away just outside Hannibal. We got there a little early so checked out the gift shops. There's two caves next to each other, the Mark Twain Cave and the Cameron Cave. The campground is in the same area, which was almost empty. We easily found Marlyn and Ed's beautiful Mobile Suites fifth wheel and were welcomed with hugs all around. Before long Cindy and Ken arrived from Quincy, IL, about 20 miles away.
From L to R Cindy, Ken, Ed and Jim
Ed workamps at the park as a tour guide. He offered to give us a private tour of the Mark Twain Cave. I'm not keen on close quarters. Over the years I've become more claustrophobic, so wasn't sure if I could handle the walls real close. I decided to go and Marlyn loaned us jackets and sweatshirts, and even had shoes that fit me since I was in sandals, which weren't very comfortable for the walking we would be doing. The cave is a constant 52 degrees. It's where Mark Twain and his friends played as kids in the 1800's. Mark Twain based his book "The Adventures of Tom Sawyer" on his own boyhood activities, and the cave plays a prominent role in the book. Ed was fabulous as a tour guide. We learned so much from him since he's also a history buff. Jim is a big Mark Twain fan and he really enjoyed the tour and the whole Mark Twain "experience" in Hannibal.
Here's a few photos of the cave tour.
I'm still leery of caves, but this was a great experience for me. I'm so glad I didn't back out. Will I do it again? Probably. Let's just hope there's no earthquakes while we're underground. :)
For more information about our day please check out Ed and Marilyn's blog The Happy Wanderers and also Ken and Cindy's blog The Frerx Adventures.