Odd Spot – Ringling Circus Dead Memorial – Wahpeton ND

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Amy and Brett have kicked off our new Odd Spot format. On this episode, Brett and Amy opted for travel by circus train while discussing Ringling Circus Dead Memorial in Wahpeton,ND. This sad story had Amy on the brink of tears and Brett tried his hand at using words.

The story of the circus performers and their untimely deaths is sad, but the monument built in their honor is beautiful.

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Wahpeton, ND
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84 – Meriwether Lewis Conspiracy – Hohenwald, TN

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Amy, Brett and Harley have been scheming and plotting lots of new material and formats for the show. On this week’s episode, Harley and Amy skip the travel by sea and opt for the sketchier Natchez Trace, a dangerous trail in a very remote area of Tennessee…or at least it used to be during the late 1700’s. Now the town of Hohenwald, TN is like a step back in time with a diverse mix of sites all packed into a small area – an Amish settlement and General Store, award-winning wineries, working Alpaca and horse farms, a 1960’s era commune and streams, waterfalls, and beautiful forests.

We cover the conspiracy around the death of famed explorer, Meriwether Lewis of Lewis & Clark fame.

The oddity of this conspiracy is that it seems to have been largely ignored by history

The views from the Natchez Trace are incredible and the entire area is steeped in history.

If you are planning a trip to visit the grave of Lewis, there is plenty of other things to do in the area…so make a few days of the trip.

No Episode of the Travel Oddities Podcast would be complete without a place to grab a bite, and you cannot beat a place with a name like the Junkyard Dog Steakhouse. Warning: They do not serve elephant.

The Tennessee Top 5 has Goo Goo Clusters!

Hohenwald, Tennessee Wiki
Hohenwald, TN official site
Lewis Death Conspiracy
Lewis County Museum official site
Junkyard Dog Steakhouse
Music by Mike Masse

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83 – Haunted Red Onion Brothel – Skagway, AK

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Amy, Brett and Harley have been slaving away for your listening pleasure. On this week’s episode, Harley and Amy took the a cruise to explore one of the coldest, darkest and most stunning places in the US, Skagway, AK.

We discuss the Haunted Red Onion Brothel, and yes the haunting originates with a gold rush era lady of the night.

This oddity is not the most spooky, but does include a few Travel Oddities firsts.

The views are hugely responsible for the 900,000 annual tourists that stop into Skagway every year.

Amy is actively trying to start a feud with another podcast or more specifically, a “toaster.”

If you are planning a trip to Red Onion Brothel in Skagway, we have included some other activities in the area that should make the trip complete.

No Episode of the Travel Oddities Podcast would be complete without a place to grab a bite, and the Sippin’ Sasquatch is a definite win. You can eat reindeer, moose, or you can just grab an espresso and a Squatch-Dog.

Brett’s Alaska Top 5 is complete, but we have kept him in the basement until he finishes the rest of his homework.

Skagway Site
Skagway History
Skagway Wiki
Alaska Daily News
Skagway News
Red Onion Site
White Pass and Yukon Rail Site
The Sippin’ Sasquatch
Music by Mike Masse

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82 – The Curse of Julia Brown – Manchac LA

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We are almost back on track for our Monday release. Amy has a note from her Witch Doctor, so you cannot comment on her snotty sounds. On this week’s episode, Harley and Amy drop their kayaks into the swamp of Louisiana to explore one of the murkiest places in the US, Manchac, LA.

We discuss the Curse of Julia Brown or Julia White or Julia Black. This curse was strong enough to tear through the entire state of Louisiana.

This oddity is spooky by itself, but if you throw in alligators and giant mosquitoes, Amy won’t even consider an expedition.

Cajun Pride Tours takes guests on tours of the swamp, the island where Julia Brown’s grave is located. The graveyard is on private land and can only be accessed on a Cajun Pride swamp tour.

Harley wins the Father of the Year Award.

If you are planning to travel to the grave site of Julia Brown or the Manchac Swamp, be sure to take the biggest bridge over a giant swamp thingy and watch out for the Rougarou…he is hangin’ out around here.

The Travel Oddities Podcast team is willing to meet at Middendorf’s for some fried catfish…if you want to arrange the travel(and pay).
The Top 5 seems to be less about Louisiana and more about Brett’s obsession with Nic Cage.

The Curse of Julia Brown
Manchac, Louisiana History
Middendorf’s Restaurant
Defense against Curses?
Music by Mike Masse

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81 – Gallinipper – Averasboro, NC

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Better bring the bug spray and join Amy and Harley investigate the Gallinipper as we explore the ghost town of Averasboro, NC. On this week’s episode, we have a ton of history on one of the weirdest cryptids we have ever covered.

What is a Gallinipper? How about a man-sized mosquito that can drain all of your blood in one gulp.

This oddity has a long and varied history with ties to Native American lore and connections to England and India.

Although the town of Averasboro is all but defunct, you can still visit the area, and feed the mosquitos. You can also stop by the stump of the Gypsy Pine and maybe come face-to-face with a Genius Loci or Land Spirit.

Amy tries to once again explain why she is a big baby that will let a few man-sized bugs keep her away from the experience of a lifetime.

If you are planning a trip to North Carolina to search for the Gallinipper, bring some Raid, you are gonna need it!

No Episode of the Travel Oddities Podcast would be complete without a place to grab a bite, and you really need to check out Fred Chason’s Grandsons for some hot-off-the-grill bar-b-que chicken and a tall glass of sweet tea.

Brett has found The Top 5 things you never knew that you really needed to know when visiting North Carolina.

Gallinipper Info
Stories about Gallinipper
American Gallinipper Insect Info
Defense against the Dark Arts
Book about the Gallinipper Ship
Gallinipper Shipwreck
Monster Blog

Music by Mike Masse
Broken Wings performed by Mike Masse

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Housekeeping 6/17/2017

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On this episode of our new semi random housekeeping series, Harley and Brett get some old business out of the way.

As discussed on a previous episode, Amy and Harley hinted at some new smaller shows to be released between the regular shows. What does that look like?

Housekeeping shows – Shows like this to keep you up to date on all of the latest from the Travel Oddities Team.

Odd Spots – Shorter shows about places that are smaller in nature and don’t allow us to do a full show.

Odd Challenge – Back by popular demand, the Odd Challenge. You spoke and we listened, and we will cover our Odd Challenges outside of the standard episode, so we can share all of the gory details without running into time contstraints.

We also announce the winner of May’s Odd Box Giveaway.

Oh, and by the way, Brett is back!

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80 – Dark Watchers – Big Sur, CA

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Yes, we know the days of the week and that Wednesday is after Monday. Amy and Harley have the summertime allergies, so please forgive the snotty sounds. On this week’s episode, Harley and Amy get to the choppa to explore one of the most beautiful places in the US, Big Sur, CA.

We discuss the Dark Watchers. Are these guys just the Hatman on vacation?

This oddity is spooky, but don’t let that sway you from this gorgeous wildlife reserve.

The views are one reason that Big Sur was ranked second among all United States destinations in TripAdvisor’s 2008 Travelers’ Choice Destination Awards.

Amy explains why she is a big baby that will let a few bugs keep her away from the experience of a lifetime.

If you are planning a trip to see the Dark Watchers in Big Sur, there has been some flooding and some of the roads are closed. Plan ahead or be a helicopter pilot.

No Episode of the Travel Oddities Podcast would be complete without a place to grab a bite, and we found a great burger at a place where you can watch the majestic condors fly off with toddlers…if you are lucky.

The Top 5 has finally been liberated from the LAW.

The Dark Watchers wiki
Dark Watchers stories
Nepenthe
Grub
Big Sur
Music by Mike Masse

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79 – I-4 Dead Zone – Sanford, FL

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Can you hear me now? On this week’s episode, Harley and Amy take the long way to the oddity that is the I-4 Dead Zone in Sanford, FL.

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

This oddity is creepy. This oddity got its start in the pioneer days when an unnamed family was not given a proper burial due to fear of yellow fever.

This family has haunted the area around the graves for over one hundred years, and for anyone that desecrates these graves, there is hell to pay. These graves are now under a major highway. Today there are tales of technology inexplicably failing in the area and ghostly voices over the radio.

If you are near Sanford Florida you should watch out for ghostly hitchhikers and don’t veer off the path.

We also discuss the town of Sanford. You can also visit for things other than the haunted highway. Sanford has one of the coolest zoos we have ever researched.

No Episode of the Travel Oddities Podcast would be complete without a place to grab a bite, and The Smiling Bison fits the bill. They have house made potato chips, cheesy bacon fat biscuits, a house-made spin on Cheez-Its, and something called The Brunch Dog.

The Top 5 list is filled with stupid laws.

Channel 13 News story about the Dead Zone
More News about the Dead Zone
Weird US write up on the Dead Zone
Sanford Wiki
Grub at the Smiling Bison
Defense against Curses
Central Florida Zoo

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78 – Garden of One Thousand Buddhas – Arlee, MT

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Do or do not. There is no try. Harley decided to not try to pronounce any of the names involved in this episode.

On this week’s episode, Harley and Amy travel the eight fold path that leads to The Ewam Garden of One Thousand Buddhas in Arlee, Montana.

This oddity surprised us, and may be our favorite so far. It starts with in the mysterious mountains of Tibet and ends up in the beautiful mountains of Montana.

We had a great interview with Deborah Hicks, the Ewam Media and Communications director. On top of handling the communications of the Garden, Deborah is a ten year student of Gochen Tulku Sang-ngag Rinpoche, and an accomplished musician.

We discuss Arlee, MT. If you go, there will not be a shortage of beautiful vistas and nature at it’s finest.

No Episode of the Travel Oddities Podcast would be complete without a place to grab a bite, and we got everything we could of asked for in the Hangin Art Gallery. We also take you through a virtual tour of the National Bison Range in Charlo, Montana.

The Top 5 is packed with the laws of the land.

Closing Music by Joan Zen.

Deborah’s Website
Joan Zen on Facebook
Ewam Buddha Garden’s Website
Ewam Buddha Garden on Facebook
Ewam Website
National Bison Range Website
National Bison Range on Facebook
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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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