#Ro-ManicMonday…Lover’S Leap

Sitting in my dad’s third floor apartment in downtown Hannibal,one of my favorite things is the  spectacular view.  From his window I get  a different  look at  the river. I Can watch tug boats working, speedboats zipping along, the riverboat running its tours, driftwood floating down the river and trains chugging along.

Each window I look through I get a different view . I can see how Mark Twain got his indpiration for Tom a Sawyer and  Huck Finn using such s lovely, quaint town. Forgive the extra mistakes please I’m having to work from my phone. There are caves here that are supposed to be  the caves that inspired the stories but they are long and narrow so I can’t walk th with my bad hip and claistrtphobia.

LOVER’S LEAP does have a tragic ran tic story.  The story is written by a man  named Aurthor O Garrison. He claims to have gotten the details from ‘sncient inscrptions and a birch bark manuscript”  according to the Hannibal Courrior Post’s Sesquintennial Edition.

The story is similar to ones I’m most towns with high cliffs . You can find the story here. http://www.hannibalparks.org/parks/lovers-leap/

It is quite a sad story. I find it hauntingly beautiful and whenever I visit the cliff and see the big birds hovering above I wonder if they are spirits of the lovers that lept.

Yes I realize I have an overactive imagination! I am a fiction romance writer what do you expect?

I adore this town and you will notice s similar one in my upcoming contemporary romance I hope to have out next year.

Do you have a story about a lover’s leap or old folk lore in your town?

#mondayblog-Come with me on a virtual tour of Hannibal

Hello everyone! This week I am not doing a Ro-Manic Monday since I am still at my dad’s. I don’t have internet so cant research and I don’t have a lot of time since I have been helping dad with his chores going on daily walks with him and getting his meals and eye drops in. On Saturday my brother, his wife, and kids stopped by to visit dad. After I got his drops in.  He stayed home to watch a poker tournament and I went on a walk with  the family. I try to spend a lot of time with them when I am here since I only get here once or twice a year.

I thought I would share some of the pictures I took on some of mine and Dad’s walks and our walk yesterday.  Enjoy!!

It has been flooded here, so the sea wall has been in place it is actually two large  steel walls.  They took them down a couple days before the festival last week. I toook these photos through dads window on the third floor.

The wall has been lifted and is on the truck–        they lift the wall then lay it flat on the ground

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thhey take it over to a structure that holds them uprigh near the levee and lift them up and into place.  this one goes above after they lay it on the ground they liftit straight up onto the truck.

it was rather interesting to watch…not easy to photograph since it took nearly an hour to do both.

Here are a couple shots  of Dads potted plants out back . The tenants can use pots for plants  or have a small plot to garden if they want.. the tiney frogs invaded the parking lot the other day after a big rain! They are so cute I wanted some!

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This is where i bought my new pottery dishes    A train museum                                           Things going on locally

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There is a lighthouse on a hill. it is  a couple hundred steps up one day I may try to climb them and let you know! This is the  Tom  and Huck statue at end of the road we walk each day

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This is a park on the riverfront                                                                                                                                                                                         You can take tours on this riverboat

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Train I took a picture of from dads windowThis is a barge I loved all the different  elements to it some were very rusty this is the tug pushing it

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a drifting log of ducks we saw yesterday!

I hope you enjoyed your tour of Hannibal!

Have you been on any trips or taken any cool pictures? If you have and would like to share them email me at [email protected] and I will set up a date to feature your vacation or just any cool things you like ( dates will be Fridays.)

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