123 – Mystery of the Spider Rocks – Baird, TX

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On this week’s episode, Harley and Brett are feeling a little rusty, but excited about a little place called Baird, Texas.

Brett doesn’t believe in the thrill of the hunt, but he does believe in the power of antiques.

The Mystery of the Spider Rocks is all about Coronado’s mythical stash of gold from the seven cities of Cibola or about the gold of the Spanish conquistadors from the early 1700s.

The Spider Rocks are not giant spider eggs nor do they have anything to do with Spiderman.

Where should you start your hunt for the gold?

Baird TX is hot, but there is still a lot to do in the area.

If you aren’t on the hunt for treasure, Frontier Texas! is a world class interactive museum and visitor center located in downtown Abilene, Texas.

Lytle Land and Cattle Company may be the treasure you have really been looking for…..Texans know their steak.

Mystery of the Spider Rocks
Baird, Texas
Lytle Land and Cattle
Frontier Texas
Emily Road – “Life Is a Highway” cover – Tom Cochrane

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122 – Puckwudgies – Anderson IN

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On this week’s episode, Harley is back from his trip to Florida and he and Brett use the frequent flyer miles to visit Anderson, Indiana.

Brett got to revisit one of his worst fears…little things.

Puckwudgies are knee high(an average knee high) forest spirits with a taste for blood and apparently the Mounds State Park has been overrun.

What is Puckwudgie?

What can you do to increase your chances of a Puckwudgie encounter?

Do Puckwudgies like Skittles?

From festivals, museums, hiking, and theatre to shopping, racing, and a casino, Anderson, IN has something for everyone all year long. There is a reason that it is called the Pittsburgh on White River.

Puckwudgies weren’t scary enough? There is more…Indy Scream Park is rated one of the scariest Halloween events in the country.

You don’t have to have your black belt to eat at Ninja of Japan, but maybe something with an elastic waist might help.

The Top 5 is not Muppet friendly.

Indy Scream Park
Visit Madison County
Puckwudgie
Puckwudgie Reddit story
Ninja of Japan
Indy Scream Park
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121 – Caddo Lake State Park Bigfoot – Uncertain, TX

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On this week’s episode, Harley and Brett kick off summer right with a trip to Uncertain, Texas. Yes, we are sure.

Harley had a great interview with Ken Gerhard, a cryptozoologist and field investigator for The Centre for Fortean Zoology. We discuss the Caddo Lake State Park Bigfoot and the similar sightings in the area including some outings with Lyle Blackburn and the Fouke Monster.

What is Bigfoot?

What can you do to increase your chances of a Bigfoot encounter?

What is the Devil’s Elbow?

What project is Ken working on?

Uncertain, TX was originally called this by the surveyors, because they were Uncertain to whether this place was in Texas or Louisianna. The local sheriff was quoted as saying, “You’ve got to either know where you’re goin’ or be lost to find it.”

Need more Bigfoot? The Texas Bigfoot Research Center runs the Original Texas Bigfoot Conference just down the road in Jefferson, TX. Check it out and you just might meet. Bob Gimlin, Dr. Jeff Meldrum, Lyle Blackburn, Ken Gerhard, Nick Redfern, or Shelly Covington-Montana.

The Shady Glade Cafe may be the only restaurant around, but that hasn’t stopped them from making some crazy good country cookin’!

The Top 5 is bigger in Texas.

Ken Gerhard
Ken’s Books
City of Uncertain, TX
Texas Tourism
Texas Bigfoot Research Center
Shady Glade Resort
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Outro Music by Jade Bird

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The Witch’s Grave – Skiatook, OK – Video

Demon possession. Unexplained accidents. Death. These horrors and more plague those who dare to violate the witch’s grave of Skiatook, Oklahoma. Watch as Brett, Harley and Ninja Matt dare to tempt the witch’s ire and ultimately pay the price.

Hillside Cemetery in Skiatook Oklahoma dates back to the 1800’s. It’s surrounded by pastures and farmland in one of the most desolate parts of the county. But something evil lurks in the darkness.

The old folks say a beautiful witch once stalked this lonely plain in hopes of resurrecting her one true love. When the handsome Abel Parkhill fell ill, his loving witch tried every spell she knew to make him better. But she failed……and when he died she used her spells to try to bring him back to life…….. The townspeople buried Abel under an old Oak tree but our incredibly inept wicked witch dug him up and took him home. After several attempts at burying the dead husband only to find an empty grave in the morning, the towns people poured concrete over his final resting place to keep the witch from digging him up again and forever entombed poor Abel in his lonely grave.

The words scratched on each side of the tomb were allegedly etched by the witch herself……..using only her fingernails.
Samuel 12:23 “But now he is dead; why should I fast? Can I bring him back again? I shall go to him, but he shall not return to me.”

So the boys head out into the heat of the Oklahoma summer to find the witch and tempt fate with their cemetery antics. It’s easy to be a skeptic while the sun is blazing, but as darkness creeps over the quiet prairie and the night comes alive, the hardened resolves of our brave legend trippers will be tested. Will they survive unscathed? Is this just an old urban legend? Or does a witch truly haunt those who dare to violate the grave of Abel Parkhill…..

TRIGGER WARNING: This video contains bad acapella Christopher Cross duets, excessive man sweat and a severe case of the heeby jeebies. Consider yourself warned.

From the Archives

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Due to a series of mishaps, our regularly scheduled episode has been delayed. To sate your appetite for sweet, sweet Travel Oddities love, we have brought you a scary story from our archives.

120 – Rehmeyer’s Hollow – Stewartstown, PA

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Brett was left alone in the studio this week…. On this week’s episode, Harley and Brett fight through the pollen to visit Stewartstown, PA.

Brett had a great interview with Andrew D. Gable, author of The Mystery Animals of Pennsylvania. Andrew has a depth of knowledge about all things strange and spent his youth in Pennsylvania. We discuss Rehmeyer’s Hollow, which may be one of the strangest places we have ever covered on our show.

What is Rehmeyer’s Hollow or The Hex Hollow?

Who do the Pennsylvania Dutch and witchcraft tie into the legend?

What book is Andrew working on now?

Stewartstown was originally claimed by both Maryland and Pennsylvania, and this dispute was not settled until the survey of the Mason–Dixon Line in 1767. If you are trying to find this sleepy little town, ask for directions to “the Maryland line” because unless you’re from Stewartstown, you’ve never heard of it.

The Turkey Hill Experience is not booze, but a neat look into the inner workings of the culture of Turkey Hill Dairy….you get to milk a mechanical cow.

Paesano’s in New Freedom is a pizzeria straight from the old country. We never thought of putting meatballs on a pizza, but this place has and we can’t wait to visit!

Stick around for the outtakes….Harley has broken Brett’s muppeteer heart.

We are considering changing the Top 5 to the Top 16….for reasons.

Andrew Gable
Stewartstown, PA
Stewartstown, Pennsylvania wiki
Visit PA
The Turkey Hill Experience
Paesano’s
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119 – Aberdeen Wild Man – Joppatowne, MD

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Harley and Brett finally let Amy out of the dungeon. On this week’s episode, Amy, Brett and Harley get all dolled up for a night on the town in Joppatowne, Maryland.

Amy has a lost love connection with author Frank J. Bennett. Frank is a sexy man, but he also had some seriously strange encounters with a creature called the Aberdeen Wildman near Joppatowne.

What is the Aberdeen Wildman?

Who is the Aberdeen Wildman’s tailor? I’d like to meet his tailor.

How hot was Frank Bennett in his teens?

Maryland is all about the water and so are we. From nationally acclaimed aquariums to harbor cruises, if you like the ocean, you will LOVE Maryland.

Dr. Gloom’s Crypt of Curiosities in the back of Protean Books & Records may be one of the strangest museums we have ever found.

Diablo Donuts will fill you with happy feelings. From their crack-like hot cocoa donut to their nitro coffee, you are sure to be in breakfast heaven.

How do you break the seal of trust with the paranormal?

The Top 5 may just be a plea for Old Bay seasoning to become a Travel Oddities Sponsor….

Joppatowne, Maryland

Chamber of Commerce

Dr. Glooms

Protean Books

Diablo Doughnuts

Frank J. Bennett

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118 – The Museum of Natural History – Phoenix, AZ

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On this week’s episode, Harley and Brett have to brave the heat to explore a beautiful desert city, Phoenix, AZ.

Phoenix is a thriving desert metropolis, the fifth most populous city in the country and is steeped in Native history.

We have a great talk with Katie Mullaly and J. Patrick Ohlde about The Museum of Natural History in Phoenix. Katie and Patrick are prolific Paranormal Authors and Investigators.

What is Sensory Replication and how does it apply to the field of the paranormal?

Does the museum come to life at night?

Why would a demon be stuck in a nightstand?

Who were the Hohokam people? Where did they go? Should we do a full show?

If you are tired of chasing ghosts through priceless historical artifacts, may we suggest Curious Nature? This is a science and natural history emporium with an emphasis on the strange and fantastical….ohhh and you can buy creepy taxidermy stuff.

Chino Bandido Takee Outee may have the strangest coolest menu ever. #travelodditiesapproved

The Top 5 may contain the secret to enlightenment or we could just be Rick-Rollin’ you.

Arizona Museum of Natural History
J. Patrick Ohlde
Katie Mullaly
Phoenix AZ
Visit Phoenix
Curious Nature Shop
Chino Bandido
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117 – Great Serpent Mound – Peebles, OH

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One week back from the Ozark Mountains UFO Conference and we are all still a little slap-happy! On this week’s episode, Harley and Brett have to strip off the excess gear to fully explore one of the most scenic areas in all of Ohio, Peebles, OH.

This place was apparently built for hikers. With miles of trails, you can hike for days or take an afternoon exploring one of the smaller trails.

We have an interview with Ross Hamilton about the Great Serpent Mound and he is smarter than us. We discuss his 12 year exploration of the Serpent Mound and his book The Mystery of the Serpent Mound.

What is the origin of the Serpent Mound?

What is its astronomical significance?

Why was it built here?

Who were the Adena people?

Is the Serpent Mound a path to enlightenment, a map of the stars, haunted, or an intergalactic Phillips 66?

There are events feature drumming, sweat lodges, healing ceremonies, and crystal skulls at the mound.

What is Sound Current meditation?

If you have already found enlightenment, you can always check out the Cedar Trails Nudist Retreat. It is family orientated and they have loads of activities….we tried to not make it weird….that didn’t work.

BK Scoop in West Union may have the coolest menu ever. #travelodditiesapproved

The Top 5 is full of icons and lies.

Ross Hamilton’s Books
Serpent Mound Info
Serpent Mound Park
Ghost stories around the Serpent Mound
Serpent Mound Video
Sound Current Meditation
Cedar Trails Nudist Retreat
Adams County
Adams Lake Park
Outro Music – Nigthtcore version of Ohio is For Lovers by Hawthorne Heights
BK Scoop

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116 – Windigo Lake – Ten Lake Township, MN

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Amy, Brett, Matt and Harley just got back from the Ozark Mountains UFO conference. More to come on that topic. On this week’s episode, Harley and Brett get to explore the beautiful Ten Lake Township in Minnesota. You can expect that Brett will use his MinneSOOOtah accent.

We discuss the Wendigo at Windigo Lake in the Chippewa National Forest. Is the Wendigo a physical being or a spectre? Is it Wendigo or Windigo? We don’t know the answer to these questions, so we brought in an expert. Chad Lewis, prolific author and Legend Tripper and honorary Travel Oddities Crew joins us to discuss this, the creepiest of cryptid/ghost things….

This oddity is spooky, but not as scary as traversing this area in the winter….dunna’ do eh.

Chippewa National Forest has twenty-three developed campgrounds, 100 back-country sites, 160 miles of hiking trails, 900 miles of river and three of the largest lakes in the state.

Brett REALLY likes travel..

No Episode of the Travel Oddities Podcast would be complete without a place to grab a bite.
Minnesota Nice Cafe is a family owned and operated cafe located in Bemidji, with home cooked meals just like Grandma used to make….and apparently Grandma’s specialty is the Beaver Tail Burger.

The segment formally known as the Top 5 drove away in a little red corvette.

Chad Lewis
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Leeroy Justice website
Ten Lake Township
Cass Lake
Lake Windigo
Chippewa National Forest
Explore Minnetsota
Minnesota Nice Cafe

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