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Hannibal Courier - Post - Hannibal, MO
  • Repeat riverboat ride - Honeymoon cruise was 39 years ago

  • One of the families boarding the Mark Twain Riverboat on Wednesday, July 23, had a special reason to be happy that the Mississippi River is back in its banks and the Mark Twain Riverboat has returned to its regular boarding area.
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  • One of the families boarding the Mark Twain Riverboat on Wednesday, July 23, had a special reason to be happy that the Mississippi River is back in its banks and the Mark Twain Riverboat has returned to its regular boarding area.
    Terry Tannehill I of Whitesville, Mo., and his wife, Arlena, had returned to Hannibal 39 years after taking their honeymoon cruise on the local riverboat. On Wednesday they were taking family members on the riverboat.
    Looking back at their honeymoon, he remembered the slow-moving boat and how hot it was that June day.
    Arlena shared more vivid memories of that riverboat ride, recalling, “I never sunburn, and that day I got sunburned.” She also remembered there was a carnival on Broadway during their Hannibal visit on June 20 and 21, 39 years ago. They stayed at a downtown hotel but did not remember the name.
    On Wednesday they were joined by two more generations of their family, Terry Tannehill II and his 8-year-old daughter, Peyton, of Helena, Mo., and Sabrina (Tannehill) Draper and her son, Bladen, 13.
    Bladen had an extra reason to enjoy his Hannibal visit – he was celebrating his 13th birthday.
    The family was staying near Mark Twain Lake for a week, and Bladen was enjoying swimming in the resort’s pool.
    Peyton had not visited Hannibal until now, but she had learned about Mark Twain’s books in second grade.
    One highlight of Peyton’s visit was when, “I put my feet in the river last night.”
    The family had been to Sawyer’s Creek earlier Wednesday and planned to tour Mark Twain Cave today, July 24. They also were to rent a boat on Mark Twain Lake.
    Sandy Terry, co-owner of the Mark Twain Riverboat with her husband, Steve, said after moving the boat to its northern docking area for a week, “we are glad to get back. It was a wonderful blessing” for the river to recede, allowing Hannibal’s five flood gates to be removed on Monday, July 21.
    “We have had nice amounts of passengers” since Monday, she said.
    The Hannibal Boat Marina was re-opened Monday after the flood gates were removed, Terry said, with the fire department quickly hosing off the riverfront to wash away the debris left by the flood.
     
     
     
     

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