H is for..........Hodag.
The Rileys are believers though, and every summer when we drive through the area where the hodag is said to roam, our eyes scour the woods, hoping to spot the elusive beast.
The town of Rhinelander has embraced the hodag, so much so that the hodag is the high school mascot. The first time I heard of the hodag was when my high school played Rhinelander in the state basketball tournament. Only years later, when we drove through Rhinelander for the first time, did I appreciate the awesomeness that is the hodag.
I think the hodag would make for a great monster in a campy horror flick, plucking off Wisconsin teens as they take to the woods to drink and whatnot. I'm kind of surprised they never did a hodag episode on the X-files. I mean, they had that chupacabra episode, and the hodag is way cooler than the chupacabra. Seriously, if they can do a reality show called Finding Bigfoot (which the Rileys fully support), where's the love for the hodag?
There are a couple hodag statues in Rhinelander, one in a little park by the McDonald's and one in front of the library. Last year we stopped to get some pictures with these statues, and that was fun and all. But on our way out of town, we all kept our eyes peeled.