For many of us the earliest literary memory is The Adventures of Tom Sawyer or Huckleberry Finn.  These two books by Mark Twain were a staple in the library of most youngsters back in the 50’s when I went to school.

Today standing on the levee in Hannibal, Missouri, I can’t help but recall passages from the writings of Samuel Clemons that I had not thought of in years.  Clemons, better known as Mark Twain, lived here during his formative years of age 4 to 17.

It is only fitting that the Missouri Outdoor Communicators (www.missourioutdoorcommunicators.org) choose this site for its annual fall conference.  Dozens of outdoor writers and photographers are spending the weekend.

The conference permits members to visit and analyze the outdoor opportunities available and become acquainted with the people of the area.  It is also a chance to rest and recharge the batteries.  Outdoor writers as a group tend to labor in a single situation and do not have a chance to engage in a dialog with co-workers.  The conference they can meet and network with other writers, photographers, and editors.

The experience of attending these conferences renews enthusiasm for their career goals.  They also get to learn about new developments in technology and techniques that will aid them in the production of their products.

Standing on the levee I am joined by three young boys who have come to the river to fish for catfish, just as I visualized Tom and Huck doing many years ago in my visions created by Twain.

I leave my friends on the levee near a tug boat and paddlewheel boat to check out some other local sights.  Nearby is the boyhood home of Mark Twain as well as those of Becky Thatcher, and Huck Finn.  There is even a chance to view the infamous white fence.  Final stop us the Mark Twain Museum which also includes a fine collection of Norman Rockwell paintings.



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