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((Above is last night’s sunset))

It’s hard to believe how much we’ve done already in just two and a half days. Harder still, to believe we’ve done all these things and covered all this territory while still feeling like our pace is rather relaxed and spontaneous.
We’ve all been enjoying each others company quite a bit!


We spent the last couple nights in Hannibal, Missouri, surrounded by Mark Twain quotes and Huck Finn references. We packed up in the morning and stayed out till the evening.
We hiked through the Riverside Park


We stopped for a picnic lunch under the trees. Let me tell you the contents of a veggie sandwich in the Midwest (or at least in Hannibal)… Fried green beans, pesto, spinach, wild rice pilaf, and spinach artichoke dip! I felt like I had cleared a Thanksgiving table of all it’s side dishes and placed them between two pieces of bread! But let me tell you… As odd as these contents were… they tasted absolutely delicious!


On the two block street of downtown Hannibal, we squeezed in a couple geocach hunts, one in a pretty little butterfly garden.


We strolled the city, paused for breaks from the heat, and made some new friends.


And we cruised along the water on the Mark Twain Riverboat.


Of course, traveling with a nine month old adds its own special mark onto the traveling experience. But Mason has been a true trooper. While the different time zone has left his naptimes a little wonky, he’s been able to nap on the go, in the Ergo carrier. Which means we aren’t confined to the hotel room a couple times a day.


His inner clock is still on California time it seems. He wakes up in the morning around 8:30 or 9am, and seems to settle for sleep around 8 or 9pm. Everything shifted over a couple hours.
When we laid him down to sleep tonight at his normal 7pm bedtime, he kept popping back up to chat with us. We finally tried barricading his line of vision from his crib to where we sat, winding down from the day… But he managed to pull himself to standing several times and find us through the pillows. Hard to resist this kid’s giggles!


But now he’s fast asleep, and Mark is nearly so next to me… So that means it’s time for me to surrender to the pillows myself. Looking forward to seeing Grandma Gable and everyone else in St Louis tomorrow!


3 responses »

  1. My goodness… Those eyelashes! I love reading your blog, and can’t wait to meet Mason in person!

  2. Jo & Jack Watson

    What a great show. Congrats, Elaine, and to the other photographers. You made your visit to Mark Twain land come alive. Thanks for sharing your travels with us. Greetings to the Gable clan. Know you are enjoying your well-planned reunion. Jack & Jo W.

  3. What fun to see the pics of your trip…but the best part was meeting Mason and seeing that smile come to life. He is a much loved baby and we fell in love with him at first sight!! YOu all went thru a lot to get to Mo. and we appreciate it more than you know. Can’t wait until next time! love Deb


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