AtoZ Challenge 2020 – 8154: An Epic Road Trip – The H Stories #atozchallenge

In early 2020 I traveled across the country with one of my daughters and three grandchildren.  We traveled 8154 miles through 20 states over the course of three weeks.  My A to Z posts this year will have the “8154” theme, which will also be the title of my forthcoming new book that will document the epic road trip.  Each entry will highlight a few stories with photos based on the alphabet and not the order of the trip.  I hope you will enjoy this bouncy ride across the back roads of America.  Please enjoy the H Stories. (all photography by David “Sumoflam” Kravetz)

Hamburg, Iowa

Hamburg, Iowa is a small town just off of Interstate 29 and a few miles north of the Missouri border and a miles southeast of the Nebraska border.  The small town is quaint and has some great places to visit. Along with the scenes below, I should note that it is home to Stoner Drug and more.

Hamburg, Iowa mural
Welcome to Hamburg, Iowa
Hamburg Market

Hogdaddy’s Saloon – Old Shawneetown, Illinois

Don’t know much about this place, but it had a great wall advertisement!

Hogdaddy’s Saloon in Shawneetown, IL

Happy, Texas

On this long 8000 mile trip, one place set into ice in my agenda was Happy, Texas.  I am always looking for something happy.  I love their mantra: The Town Without a Frown.  Happy is not a big place.  It only has about 680 people.  Its name is derived from a local stream called Happy Draw, which was named by 19th Century cowboys who were happy to find water there.  Hopefully, some of the photos below will make you happy!

Welcome to Happy, Texas
Sumoflam is Happy
Happy, Texas Post Office
Happy Self Storage
Happy Game Room
Happy Center, Happy, Texas
Yes, even a Happy Cemetery in Happy, Texas
Happy Water Tower, Happy, Texas

Hyde and Lombard – San Francisco, California

Want to take Lombard Street, the Crookedest Street in the World?  Well, you need to get to Hyde and Lombard up on the hill first.

Hyde and Lombard in San Francisco

Hartline, Washington Post Office

This is one of those unique Post Offices.  The sign looks plenty old as does the building. Hartline is a small community on US Highway 2 a few miles northeast of Coulee City.  Only has a population of 151.

Hartline, Washington Post Office

Haufbrau House – Bozeman, Montana

I lived in Bozeman, Montana from 1971 to 1973.  On this road trip I stopped there to enjoy a dinner with some high school friends.  We enjoyed some amazing burgers at the Haufbrau House, a bar and grill that has been around since the 1960s. If you are in Bozeman, stop by this rustic place and order their Lanny Burger…it is awesome!

Haufbrau House, Bozeman, Montana
Checking out the Haufbrau menu
Haufbrau House interior
Dinner with old high school friends at the Haufbrau House in Bozeman
Happy at the Haufbrau

Halsey, Nebraska

Halsey is another very small community located on Nebraska Highway 2 in the sandhills of the state.  Less than 100 people live here, but they are proud of their hand planted forest.

Welcome to Halsey, Nebraska

Ha Ha Tonka Cut Thru in Camdenton, Missouri

We were driving through the Ozark tourist town of Camdenton when we saw the sign below.  I had to turn around to get a shot.  This drive was likely named for the Ha Ha Tonka State Park, home of the Ha Ha Tonka Castle, which we did not have time to visit.

Ha Ha Tonka Cut Thru in Camdenton, Missouri

Hotel Waterville – Waterville, Washington

The small community of Waterville is in central Washington on US Highway 2.  While driving through I saw this old neon sign and had to snap a shot.

Hotel Waterville old neon sign – Waterville, Washington

Hyannis, Nebraska

Hyannis is a small town of about 200 in western Nebraska near the panhandle. Like Halsey (see above) it is located in the sandhills of Nebraska on Nebraska Hwy 2.  It is home to the Hyannis Hotel Bar and Grill, which was built in 1898 during the heydays of cattle shipping.  It is now on the National Registry of Historic Places.

The Historic Hyannis Hotel, Hyannis, Nebraska
Hyannis, Nebraska post office

Hodge Podge Cottages – Uncertain, Texas

Uncertain, Texas is a tourist location on the shores of Caddo Lake.  There are many unique places to stay, including the Hodge Podge Cottages, which, as the name reflects, offer a number of totally unique places to stay.

Hodge Podge Cottages, Uncertain, Texas
The Shipwreck Cottage of Hodge Podge Cottages

Hotel Turkey – Turkey, Texas

Now this is a place I would like to say that I stayed at.  Turkey is a cool little town to with lots of history and more.

Hotel Turkey, Turkey, Texas


I am currently working on my FOURTH book, titled “8154” to represent the mileage of my epic road trip with family.  You can visit my Amazon Author Page to see my other books at