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 A Stories. (all photography by David “Sumoflam” Kravetz)
Alcatraz Island – San Francisco, CA
While in California in mid-February, we visited San Francisco and viewed Alcatraz Island, the famed island-prison, from afar.
Avenue of the Giants, near Pepperwood, CA and other northern locations
On this trip we drove US Highway 101 all the way from northern Washington, though Oregon and all the way to Santa Cruz, CA, where we took Highway 1. Along the way, in northern California, in the Redwood Forest, we took Avenue of the Giants, a nice 31 mile drive through the giant redwoods. Following are few shots from this lovely drive through amazing giant redwood trees.
Our trip from Kentucky eventually took us through Montana on our way to Washington. Taking back roads, we took a drive through the historic mining town of Anaconda, Montana.
Alliance, Nebraska is the home of the famed tourist attraction Carhenge. I wrote about Carhenge in my third book and, as a result, I was invited to do a book signing at the Knight Museum and Sandhills Center in Alliance.
Awesome Possum Flea Market – Hamburg, Iowa
Always fun to find unique store fronts. We found the Awesome Possum Flea Market in Hamburg, Iowa. Despite being almost late January, they were still playing Christmas music on a loud speaker outside of the store.
Aaron Applebaum – Swamp Tour Guide Extraordinaire – Caddo Lake in Uncertain, Texas
On our return trip home we stopped in Uncertain, Texas to take a swamp tour, our second one, with Aaron Applebaum, who runs Mystique Tours and gives boat rides year-round through the swamps of Caddo Lake. Aaron is very friendly and knows the swamp well. You are in very good hands with him. My good friend and fellow travel writer Tui Snider and her husband Larry, joined us on this trip.
Animals Are Wild – Sequoia National Park, California
Be warned, when you are in the national parks and national forests, animals are wild and should not be fed or touched. The sign below tells it all.
Alien Fresh Jerky and Crazy Giant Aliens – Baker, California
A drive through Baker, California offers the unwitting tourist a delightful mix of eye-candy and tasty treats. Sadly, when we got to Baker, Alien Fresh Jerky was closed, but we still got to see the fun. Watch out for Aliens!!
Arrowhead Motel – Hyannis, Nebraska
Another of the many unique signs discovered on the backroads of America. This one was in the small town of Hyannis, Nebraska
Audubon Parkway – near Owensboro, Kentucky
We left from Kentucky and, on part of the trip form Lexington, we took the Audubon Parkway, which was named after John James Audubon, the famed bird artist, who was from Kentucky.
Alibi Pub and Eatery – Wilbur, Washington
Wilbur, Washington is a small town on US Route 20 west of Spokane. I liked the store front, so here it is. Alibi Pub has a Facebook page.
Alioto’s Restaurant, 8 Fisherman’s Wharf, San Francisco, California
I love unique signs. Driving through the Fisherman’s Wharf district of San Francisco, I saw this fishy sign. Sure wish we could have stopped to eat here. Looks good. Check out Alioto’s on their Website.
Ardmore, South Dakota
Drive across America and you will see many small towns, like the ghost town of Ardmore, South Dakota which sits on SD 71 just north of the Nebraska border in the Ogalala National Grassland.
One of the twenty states we drive through. Welcome to Arkansas!
WATCH FOR MY NEW BOOK “8154” — COMING SOON TO AMAZON
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 https://amzn.to/3azY36l
11 thoughts on “AtoZ Challenge 2020 – 8154: An Epic Road Trip – The A Stories #atozchallenge”
Oh my goodness. This is just for A??? I can’t wait to see what else you share!
Good Luck with the A-Z. I’m glad to be catching up again! Zulu Delta
Aww, thank you for taking me on the road with you!
I’ve been to Alcatraz, all the other places were new to me.
Beautiful colorful pictures – made my heart happy! 🙂
If I was grading your post I would give you an A!
During this time of being mostly home bound , I enjoyed going on this trip with you. I’ll definitely stop by again.
I’m seriously impressed that you planned all this out last year on your road trip! I seriously have NOTHING planned for my challenge posts! I thought Alcatraz was one of the coolest places I’ve ever been. If I have a reason to go to Omaha, I will have to stop at the Awesome Possum on the way. Oh, and if I spit I can just about hit Arkansas from here – it’s a beautiful state!
So many great places! I visited Alcatraz and the Avenue of the Giants, and saw Alioto’s sign, two summers ago. Alibi looks like a fun stop!
What a busy and fun road trip with your daughter and grandchildren. I haven’t been to most of these locations although I still do have a mug that says “Alcatraz Swim Team” from my visit to the prison back in 1986.
Looking forward to traveling through the alphabet! Good luck with the A-Z Blogging Challenge
Alien Fresh Jerky Sounds Amazing! Love the pictures.
I love the A to Z Challenge we get to meet interesting people and read their blogs.
We have done the southern route and taken Route 66 breaks to get off the road. Fun to see many of the places we stopped for a break or a picture.
Enjoy the journey and best of look with your book.
Oh I want to go to that awesome possum flea market… I just love what’s on the side of the roads we travel.
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