Road Scholar Vacation. NY, Mark Twain...

One of the many things I loved about the Road Scholar trip was all the education involved.  We would have lectures and then, after learning, go out and explore.  Even when we were out and about the teaching continued.  I was amazed by all the knowledge shared by our guide.  She was amazing.
A very famous presence in NY was Mark Twain.  We learned a lot about his life and his writings on this trip.  Here are a few of my photos and some quotes, in italics, from Wikipedia. 

"Samuel Langhorne Clemens (November 30, 1835 – April 21, 1910),  better known by his pen name Mark Twain, was an American author and humorist."

He was born in Missouri.  Much of his inspiration for his writings came from the Mississippi River.

"...his pen name, Mark Twain, from "mark twain", the leadsman's cry for a measured river depth of two fathoms (12 feet), which was safe water for a steamboat."

"Elmira College has an extensive Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens) archive and is one of the only two centers for Mark Twain Studies in the world. A quaint study of his is located on campus."
His study which was moved to Elmira College from his homestead.

"Twain was an adamant supporter of the abolition of slavery and emancipation of slaves, 
even going so far to say "Lincoln's Proclamation ... 
not only set the black slaves free but set the white man free also"

"Throughout 1868, Twain and Olivia Langdon corresponded. Though she rejected his first marriage proposal, two months later, they were engaged. In February 1870, Twain and Langdon were married in Elmira, New York where he courted her and managed to overcome her father's initial reluctance."
"Olivia, called Livy, was educated by a combination of home tutoring and classes at Thurston’s Female Seminary and Elmira Female College."
I can't say enough about the wonderful trip I took with Road Scholar.  I will be posting much more in the near future.  I can't wait to go on my next trip with them.

I will leave you with a quote by Mark Twain in regard to sleep and rest.

"Wisdom teaches us that none but birds should go out early, 
and that not even birds should do it unless they are out of worms"
Mark Twain
"New Years Day" 1866

Happy Travels!


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