77 – Psychic Capital of the World – Cassadaga, FL

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You can love the Manatees in Florida, but don’t touch. On this week’s episode, Harley and Josh have to discover the secrets of Cassadaga Florida before the sun sets.

Today’s oddity is the Psychic Capital of the World, but if you are a resident of Cassadaga, FL, you probably already knew that. The story starts in 1875 when the psychic, seer, guide, medium, George P. Colby got the rights to build the Southern Cassadaga Spiritualist Camp Meeting Association.

Josh and Harley examine some of the tales that have given Cassadaga its title as well as some more spooky stories from the town as well.

Does Cassadaga really have a town-wide curfew?

In The News: Glitter boobs, are they the fashion trend that you have been awaiting?

We discuss the Blue Spring State Park. If you go, be sure to take the river cruise, they have MANATEES.

No Episode of the Travel Oddities Podcast would be complete without a place to grab a bite, and we combined our restaurant pick and our mandatory unpronounceable word.

The Florida Top 5 could save you some jail time.

Source Links:
Week in Weird investigates Cassadaga
Vice.com story about Cassadaga
Cassadaga’s Official Website
Cassadaga Wiki
More info on Cassadaga
Things to do in Cassadaga-Florida
Blue Spring State Park Website
GRUB
Outro Music by the Sun

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76 – Dulce UFO Conference – Dulce, NM

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Travel to the census-designated place in Rio Arriba County, New Mexico, known as Dulce. Harley and Amy dig into the Dulce UFO conference based on the secret extraterrestrial base in Dulce, NM.

***Due to rampant SKYPE gremlins, our interview had to be dissected.***

This oddity was too big for one show, so we are really only covering the conference with a brief overview of the Dulce Event. It all takes place in the dusty desert of the Jicarilla Apache Reservation. There is a whole lot of government conspiracy, alien agendas and UFO activity to boot.

We had a great interview with Jo Ann Richards, Executive Director of the educational non-profit, Earth Defense Headquarters. She will be speaking at the Dulce conference and has a long storied history around the Dulce Event. Unfortunately, our SKYPE connection had some issues, so please forgive the formatting.

We also discuss Dulce, NM. If you go there, get me a “I got probed in Dulce” t-shirt from the local casino.

No Episode of the Travel Oddities Podcast would be complete without a place to grab a bite, and we found the bigfoot of burgers.

Brett’s Top 5 will never die.

Jo Ann Richards on Facebook
Earth Defense Headquarters Website

Dulce Base UFO Conference on Facebook
Dulce Base Website

Dulce, New Mexico Wiki

Outro Music by The Sun

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75 – Westminster Burying Ground – Baltimore MD

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On this week’s episode, Harley and Amy explore the catacombs of Westminster Burying Ground in historic Baltimore, MD.

***Warning. We have some audio anomalies, and we are currently blaming gremlins***

This oddity is one of steeped in history. It starts with the life and death of Edgar Allan Poe. We discuss grave robbers, ghosts, screaming skulls, weird traditions, lost graves, conspiracies and tragedy. Amy really did her homework on this show and Harley really thinks its gross that Poe married his cousin. We also discuss the Poe Toaster, and that is not an author sized cooking device.

In The News: McDonald’s has a new menu and a new utensil that you really don’t need, ever, for any reason. What the Frork am I talking about?

We discuss Baltimore, Maryland, including the Poe House. There are more famous people from Baltimore than we could list in one show, but we made sure that David Hasslehoff made the list!

No Episode of the Travel Oddities Podcast would be complete without a place to grab a bite, and “pit beef” is a thing in Maryland, so we found THE place to eat that.

Brett’s Top 5 is back.

This show is Balti”more” than you can handle.

Westminster Burying Ground info:
Westminster Hall and Burying Ground Wiki
Westminster Hall website
Westminster Hall on Facebook
Edgar Allan Poe Gravesite on Facebook

Baltimore MD
Baltimore’s website
Baltimore on Facebook
Chaps Pit Beef website
Chaps Pit Beef on Facebook

News
News

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The Raven And The Swan outro song
Outro by Josh Woodward
Josh Woodward on Facebook

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74 – Dinosaur Valley State Park, Glen Rose, TX

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On this week’s episode, Harley and Josh walk barefoot in the beautiful Dinosaur Valley State Park in Glen Rose, Texas.

This oddity starts a few hundred million years ago, takes a detour to the British Isles and ends up in a Druid grove.

We had a great interview with John Beckett, author of The Path of Paganism: An Experience-Based Guide to Modern Pagan Practice. On top of being an author, John is a blogger and….oh yeah, he is a DRUID.

John explains how one might become a druid or pagan. He also discusses his experience at Dinosaur Valley State Park.

In The News: Festival of the Steel Phallus in Kawasaki, Japan. Sorry, we don’t make the news, we just report it.

We discuss Glen Rose, TX. For a town of under 3000 residents, there is a surprising amount of fun activities in the area.

No Episode of the Travel Oddities Podcast would be complete without a place to grab a bite, and any place that regularly has a two-hour wait, must be great.

John Beckett’s info:
John’s Blog
Patheos on Facebook
John’s Twitter
John’s Facebook
Denton CUUPS Site
Denton CUUPS on Facebook

Dinosaur Valley State Park
Dinosaur Valley Park on Facebook
Dinosaur Valley Site
Dinosaur Valley State Park Wiki

Glen Rose
Glen Rose Website
Glen Rose on Facebook
Glen Rose Wiki
Dinosaur World Website
Dinosaur World Facebook
Loco Coyote Grill Website
Loco Coyote Grill on Facebook

News
News Story

Music
Outro Music by Bit

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73 – Lemp Mansion – St Louis, MO

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Amy the Social Media Goddess dropped by for a tour of the Travel Oddities road-trip garage. On this week’s episode, Harley and Amy nerd out about the Lemp Mansion in the bustling city of St. Louis, Missouri.

This oddity is has been brewing since the late 1800’s. It starts with a ridiculously wealthy family, the Lemps, contenders for the title of Royal Family of Beer. Then there are some tragic changes of circumstances followed by one hundred plus years of paranormal activity.

We had a hugely informative interview with Troy Taylor, author extraordinaire. His most recent book, American Hauntings, The rise of the Spirit World and the Birth of the Modern Ghost Hunter, released today. Troy also founded THE original Ghost Conference.

Troy explains how you write 121 books. We are convinced that he has clones!

We discuss St. Louis, MO. More cool sights and activities than we could list.

Troy shared his number one spot for chicken in the area, and I have the neck sweats from listening.

Troy Taylor’s info:
Troy’s site
Conference Site
Troy on Facebook
Troy on Twitter
Troy Taylor on Instagram

Lemp Mansion
Lemp Mansion Wiki
The Lemp on Facebook
Lemp Mansion Website
The Lemp on Twitter

St. Louis, MO
St. Louis Website
St, Louis Wiki
St Louis on Facebook
The Southern’s Website
The Southern on Facebook
The Southern on Twitter

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St. Louis Tickle by Heftone Banjo Orchestra
The Heftone’s Website

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72 – Apache Rattlesnake Festival – Apache, OK

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How many times can you record a single episode before finally losing your mind? The answer is 4. On this week’s episode, Harley is joined by Josh the Giant Leprechaun, you may remember him from our Bobby Mackey episode.

***Warning. We have some audio anomalies, and I am now considering burning everything and starting over.***

This oddity is a slippery one, so we took a hands-on approach. Harley took a road trip down to Apache, Oklahoma to take part in the Apache, OK Rattlesnake Festival.

We hear a first-hand account of Harley’s experience hunting rattlesnakes.

We discuss what appears to be the largest garage sale on the planet.

We take a virtual walk through the snake pit and then pop over to the butcher shop.

We discuss Apache, OK. If you go, bring a bag lunch because there are very few places to eat.

Apache Rattlesnake Festival
Festival Page

Apache, OK
Apache Wiki
Things to do in Apache
TravelOK Link to the Event

Music
Evan “Funk” Davies – Rattlesnakes

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71 – Norwichtown Cemetery – Norwich, CT

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We are considering changing the name of the show to Harley talks to smart people. On this week’s episode, we work our way through down a cobblestone street to the Norwichtown Cemetery in historic Norwich, CT.

This oddity is a classic. It starts during the Revolution, developed some cold spots, and now has Benedict Arnold visiting his mom’s grave every Halloween. It looks beautiful and creepy.

Zachary Lamothe stopped by for discussion about this Norwich. Hailing from Norwich, Connecticut, Zack grew up in a house built in 1752 and from an early age was always intrigued by local lore and history. Zack studied New England history and folklore while a student at Boston University, attaining a degree in American Studies. He earned a Master’s Degree in Special Education at Southern Connecticut State University and has taught high school special education and history. He is a frequent contributor to Norwich Magazine where he writes about history, community profiles, and tourism as well as other written and web based publications. His first book, Connecticut Lore: Strange, Off Kilter, and Full of Surprises was released in 2013 and the sequel More Connecticut Lore was released in 2016, both from Schiffer Publications.

We discuss Norwich, CT, the history and the modern. This town has no shortage of adventures, if you just take the time to explore.

No Episode of the Travel Oddities Podcast would be complete without a place to grab a bite, and Zack introduced us to the grinder.

Zachary Lamothe’s info:
Zack’s Facebook
@CTconnoisseur on Twitter
@zlamothe on Instagram
Zack’s Website

More about Norwichtown Cemetery
Wiki

More about Norwich Connecticut
Norwich Wiki
Norwich’s website
Norwich on Facebook
Slater Museum website
Slater Museum on Facebook
D’Elia’s Grinders

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Chicky Chacky

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The Odd Blog – A Tour Through The Stanley Hotel – by Kirin Johnson

A Tour Through The Stanley Hotel

When you think of The Stanley Hotel, you probably think of the movie The Shining. In addition to being a tourist attraction, it is also a place where paranormal investigators hunt for signs of paranormal activity. Many believe The Stanley Hotel is haunted with spirits of deceased visitors, employees and owners, Freelan Oscar and Flora Stanley. The high number of reported ghost sightings convinced horror author Stephen King to stay over night. The next morning, he already had the outline for his successful horror novel The Shining.

Freelan Oscar Stanley (June 1, 1849 – October 2, 1940) was an inventor, businessman and the man who built The Stanley Hotel. The gorgeous 420-room hotel opened on July 4, 1909. Although it was originally catered to the rich and famous, today it is open to the public.

Stanley History & Ghost Tour
On March 2, 2017, I took my first tour through The Stanley Hotel in Estes Park, CO. Before all the fun started, our tour guide stressed that she doesn’t like to refer to the deceased as “ghosts.” She said that she likes referring to them as “intelligent spirits,” or “orbs.”

When it comes to the belief in spirits, I have been a skeptic all of my life. Regardless of my skepticism, I came to this tour with an open mind. After we viewed an interesting video on claims of supernatural activity at The Stanley, it was time to take a tour through one of the most haunted hotels in America.

Before I went to the second floor of the hotel, I passed by the ballroom. Due to an event that was about to take place, I could not go in. I really wanted to take a look because there have been many reported ghost sightings of Flora Stanley continuously playing the piano in the ballroom. Well, at least I was able to get an image (below) from the outside of the room.

The Vortex

The “vortex” is what they call the two staircases that are located on each side of the hotel. Both staircases wrap around as they connect to all four floors. It is reported that the energy from the Earth, along with energy from supernatural forces within the hotel, create a powerful surge of energy that you can feel with your hand.

We were encouraged to take many pictures while looking up from the 1st floor, as well as when we were on the 4th floor looking down. It was reported that many people have witnessed what appears to be spirits, usually children.

In addition to the sounds of children playing, balls bouncing, toilets flushing, doors slamming and Flora playing the piano, long-term employees of The Stanley have reported sightings of four specific spirits that roam the hotel on a regular basis. They have seen the spirits roaming the halls and some of the rooms.

The Four Spirits

Paul

Paul was an employee at the hotel from 1995-2005. A heart attack took his life while he was on his way to the emergency room. Paul was the man who was responsible for enforcing an 11 p.m. curfew for the hotel. There are claims of Paul telling guests to “get out” when it’s past curfew.

Eddie

When Eddie first started haunting The Stanley Hotel a few years ago, his presence was said to bring an unpleasant odor. Hence, the smell eventually earned him the nickname “Stinky Man.” Since Eddie didn’t like his nickname, he chose to later release a smell that was much more pleasant than before. Perhaps the other reason he wanted to smell much better was because he wanted to impress the women who come and visit the hotel. In addition to being known as the “resident prankster,” Eddie is also a ladies’ man. Based on various claims from hotel visitors, he has been known to kiss the cheeks and stroke the hair of female guests.

Eddie’s spirit at the hotel remains a mystery. He has no connections to the hotel property.

Lucy

Lucy is another spirit with no known connection to The Stanley. Her hangout area in the hotel is the Concert Hall. Lucy likes humming and communicating with staff and parapsychologists using flashlights. There has been speculation that she may have been a runaway or homeless woman who used the hotel for a place to stay.

Elizabeth Wilson: A Visitor In Room 217

Elizabeth Wilson was the chief housekeeper at The Stanley Hotel. In the summer of 1911, she was in a serious accident. While she was lighting acetylene lanterns in room 217, there was a gas leak. The leak lead to an explosion that sent her through the floor. She was buried under two floors of rubble. Luckily, Wilson survived and was found with just two broken ankles.

Although Wilson died in the 1950s, many reports from guests suggest that her spirit comes and stops by room 217. If you ever stay in this room, make sure you keep track of your belongings. According to guests who have visited this room, they have claimed to have had their luggage unpacked, their items moved around the room and the lights turned on and off. There have also been reports of unmarried couples experiencing a force between them when laying in bed (assuming something is attempting to keep them apart).

Even me being a skeptic, I must admit that during the tour of the hotel, the closer I got to room 217, the more intense the energy felt. Although I have yet to stay a night in this particular room, it would be quite interesting to see what kind of paranormal experience I might have.

Stephen King’s Experience In Room 217

Even Stephen King stayed a night in room 217. There were no children in the building at the time. However, according to the official website for The Stanley Hotel, King encountered a child. The sighting left him spooked.

Jim Carrey’s Experience In Room 217

While filming the movie Dumb and Dumber, Jim Carrey decided to stay the night in room 217. According to our tour guide, all it took was a few hours for him to become beyond spooked.

Carrey chose to leave the hotel, demanding to get a room elsewhere immediately. He was said to be so scared, he did not want to be left alone. To this day, Carrey has yet to explain what he experienced while he was alone in room 217.

Room 428 : Home To An Elusive Cowboy

Interestingly, one ghost that is not mentioned on The Stanley Hotel website is the spirit in room 428. The tour guide said there are reports of a shadow figure wearing a cowboy hat in this particular room.

The man is said to only appear just before guests fall asleep. Whenever one attempts to take a picture of him, he immediately vanishes. The weird thing is that no one knows who this ghost is, or where he came from. Whenever paranormal investigators visit room 428, the cowboy never appears.

If you ever take a trip to Estes Park, Colorado, you will want to pay a visit to The Stanley Hotel. Whether you stay the night, or simply stop by and take a guided Ghost Tour, you don’t want to miss out on this exciting adventure. With all of its fascinating history and reported paranormal activity, it is one experience you will never forget. Despite having to book in advance, I know that on my first night at The Stanley Hotel, I will be staying in room 217.

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70 – Salem Con – Salem, MA

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Harley has a Paranormal Hangover! On this week’s episode, Harley heads to the east coast to investigate the investigators at the third annual Salem Con in the Historic Haunted Hawthorne Hotel in lovely Salem, MA.

This event has all a ton of the experts in oddities all in one place. This is a two-day event that includes a ton of Q&A sessions with huge names in the paranormal field, but that is just the tip of the iceberg. There is also four separate ghost hunting adventures all over the town of Salem.

Harley had a great interview with Marc Arvilla and Lauren Sheridan, co-Founders of Salem Con, among a metric tonne of other titles and accomplishments. They also do a Podcast called Paranormal Hangover….so just another interview with people that make Harley look lazy.

On top of telling us all about Salem Con and all the travel secrets, Marc tells about his Demonology studies and Lauren tells us all about her super power(she can make anybody cry).

Harley also called a hundred gas stations to get the skinny on Salem Mass. Apparently, Salem is awesome and beautiful.

No Episode of the Travel Oddities Podcast would be complete without a place to grab a bite, and we had to go to Sea Level to find it for you…oh and Brett crashed the second half of show!

Marc Arvilla & Lauren Sheridan’s info:
MGH Paranormal Society on Facebook
MGH Paranormal’s Website
MGH Paranormal on Twitter
Paranormal Hangover on Facebook
Paranormal Hangover on Twitter

Salem Con info:
Salem Con on Facebook
Hawthorne Hotel Website
The Hawthorne Hotel on Facebook

Salem, MA info:
Salem Wiki
Salem has a web page
Salem on Facebook
Things to do in Salem
Sea Level Oyster Bar website
Sea Level Oyster Bar on Facebook
Nightmare Gallery Website
Count Orloks on Facebook

Defense against the dark arts
Defense against Ghosts

Music
Vulpiano Records
Ghosts
written by Miguel Zapata
Miguel Zapata: 6 & 12-string acoustic guitars, piano, harmonica, percussion, vocals, production & all artwork.
Jacobo Manso: slide dobro
Contact: Email
Website for outro music

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69 – Axe Murder House – Villisca, Iowa

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On a quiet small town street there is an old white house with an ominous background, but you might just pass right by if it weren’t for the GIANT sign that reads, THE VILLISCA MURDER HOUSE, in blood red letters. On this week’s episode, episode 69, Harley travels the dusty roads of Iowa to find out more about The Villisca Murder House in lovely Villisca Iowa.

This oddity has it all. “Mrs. X? She murders her husbands on their honeymoons, then changes her identity and marries again.” Okay, maybe that is the wrong axe murderer.

Luckily, I had a an expert to give us the real scoop on this real weird house. Jason Offutt, author of How to Kill Monsters Using Common Household Items, What Lurks Beyond: The paranormal in your backyard, and many other books.

Jason shares his personal experience with the Villisca Murder House and how he convinced his day job to pay for it all…I added that last part for dramatic effect.

I discuss Villisca, IA, and a Viking Lake.

No Episode of the Travel Oddities Podcast would be complete without a place to grab a bite, and wicked cool restaurants with ridiculously named burgers are really in my wheelhouse.

Jason Offutt:
Jason’s Website
Jason on the Facebook

Villisca Axe Murder House
The Murder House’s Website…Murder Houses are people too
The Murder House also has a Facebook page!

Villisca Iowa
Buck Snort Restaurant on Facebook
Buck Snort Website
Viking Lake State Park
Viking Lake State Park Facebook
Villisca’s Webpage
Villisca’s Facebook

Defense Against the Dark Arts
Another way to stop ghosts?

Music
Turn the Page (acoustic Bob Seger cover) – Mike Massé
Music by Mike Masse

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