After listening to some great local music (including two very talented harmonica players), we headed back to Lulabelle's for a good night sleep. We had seen (and heard) our mystery guest earlier that day but figured he would be long retired and in bed by the time we ourselves hit the sack.
Who is this mystery guest? Well, you saw him in this photo earlier.
Meet Mr. Train.
Much to our chagrin, Mr. Train went by every hour or so throughout the night, whistling loudly as he came through, letting his presence be known to all. The B & B did let us know on their website that there were train tracks nearby ("Most of our customers understand that trains are an integral part of the Mississippi River experience, since tracks run right along the river...However, after a glass of wine and a jacuzzi bath, most people don't mind.") and even left out some earplugs for our convenience but we figured with a few glasses of wine and a long day, we would sleep right through it.
Not really. We tried sleeping without earplugs at first because they can be a bit uncomfortable but after an hour or two, we caved and put them in. They did a better job of drowning out the horns but we still found ourselves waking up every few hours when the earplugs would slip out. We
After a hearty breakfast of bacon, eggs and pancakes, we checked out of our room and headed to the Mark Twain Museum for a few hours before hitting the road.
|Us in front of Mark Twain's boyhood home|
Because the museum is not owned by the State or Federal Parks system and therefore relies on private donations and admission fees to keep it up and running, some of the exhibits were more accessible than others (Becky Thatcher's house for example was completely closed for renovation) and others were in need of some repair and updating. However, it was very interesting to learn about Mark Twain's early life and see some of the places that inspired the novels. All weekend J and I both remarked that we needed to go back and reread The Adventures of Tom Sawyer again after everything we had read and seen!
We drove back that afternoon pretty tired but after a small lunch, a nap and dinner at a local restaurant we were finally feeling like ourselves again by Sunday night. Our night with Mr. Train was definitely one for the memory books!
And speaking of memory books, last week I created a little keepsake from our anniversary trip that I wanted to share with you all. I had picked up some little glass jars from Hobby Lobby last fall with the idea that I would fill each of them with mementos from each of the years we have dated (I've saved movie stubs, wristbands, corks, and so forth over the years). Alas, many of the mementos are back in California as a result of my move out there after graduation so the jars sat empty in my basement for months until I came up with a new idea. Why not fill each of them with items from vacations we take together instead?
Here's what I filled our Hannibal glass jar with:
Now I can't wait for us to go on more vacations so that I can fill more of these cute little guys with stuff! We are already planning to visit Mackinac Island and Toronto sometime next year (these destinations will be a lot closer to us once we move). I only wish I would have thought of this sooner (like when we went on our honeymoon to San Francisco and Napa Valley last year)!
Do you save things like ticket stubs and wine corks? Do you buy souvenirs when you go on trips? If so, how do you display them?