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Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Although, this is not Hannibal...the same type of adventures probably took place here along the river...I can almost hear the ghosts of Huck Finn and Jim.

The photo was taken in a small river town near Evansville, Indiana on the Ohio river....actually not far from Cairo Illinois where the Mississippi and Ohio Rivers converge. Cairo is where Jim, Huck's slave friend was headed on his raft.

The Huck Finn and Tom Sawyer lifestyle was played out all up and down the rives of the Midwest...river cultures have that sense of adventure in common...a chance (at least in those times) to take the river to sights unseen and unexplored. A young boys' dream to take out on his own and experience life.

Adventure was the goal and the river was the mode to take you there. I would liked to have accompanied Huck and Jim on their journey.

14 comments:

Simply Heather said...

I am really enjoying your story adventures, Dan. I checked out the trailer for The Secret Garden...I don't recall ever seeing it, or reading it but remember the story somehow....hmmmm. Maybe someone read it to me once, in school or something; I don't know.

This is a great week of thoughts shared...and ALWAYS great photos!

Dan Felstead said...

Heather...
I didn't realize it but I have posted two images recalling books I have read! Must be some kind of zone I am in right now!

Dan

jblack designs said...

What a beautiful photo. I could live there!

The Cape Fear river (N.C.) is the scene of my youthful (immagined) escapades. But the Mighty Mississippi is something to see.

Dan Felstead said...

Jennifer,
I Googled Cape Fear and saw some beautiful pictures of the river. Looks like a great place to canoe and the cypress tress growing out of the water look truly enchanting...a source I am sure for as you said...so many imagined adventures!

Dan

Kateri Joe and Jonathan said...

Oh no! Now I'm going to have to go read Mark Twain stories all day! But that's not necessarily a bad thing...lol Your visual has just set the scene!!

-Kateri

Dan Felstead said...

Kateri...
Huck will give you some great adventures...just get yourself in the right mood, grab an ice cold tea, sit under a tree by a river and start reading...let him take you away.

Dan

Prospero said...

Samuel Langhorne Clemens (Mark Twain) loved Bermuda (where I'm from) and considered it his second home. No rivers here, though. Just endless sea.

PS I like the photo.

Dan Felstead said...

Prospero...

First of all welcome to the blog and thanks for stopping by.

I had no idea that Mark Twain had the Bermuda connection! Thanks for passing that along..very interesting.

Dan

septembermom said...

This post does put me in the mood to read Mark Twain again. That's a good thing! I like the river in the background. Looks serene.

Dan Felstead said...

Septembermom..

It has been years since I read the "Adventures"...it is time I read it again as well.

Dan

Kelly said...

Love this photo...and your refs to Huck Finn. I was thinking of getting that book out and reading it again. Now I'm even more inspired to do so!

Dan Felstead said...

Kelly...I was thinking about it too...I think it has something to do with Summer, the Ohio River and a need for distraction! At least on my part!

Dan

Bobbi said...

Beautiful!

Dan Felstead said...

Bobbi...
Thanks...I am sure there are several old homes such as this around your area as well.

Dan