135 – Sensabaugh Tunnel – Kingsport, TN

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Have your heard of the Haunted Sensabaugh Tunnel in Kingsort, TN? On episode 135 of the Travel Oddities Podcast, Brett and Harley face their fear of the dark and head into this creepy urban legend.

Kingsport Tennessee is a small city nestled in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains. It is within a day’s drive of most of the US. Lauded by golfers and walkers alike, you are not likely to find a more peaceful land of parks and historical sights.

If your tastes lean further towards to spooky end of the street, you are going to love the haunted Sensabaugh Tunnel. Legends of murder, ghosts, satanic rituals and automobile high jinks abound around this very creepy tunnel. If you hear the crying baby, it may just be too late for you.

If you chicken out on the haunted tunnel, The Kingsport Carousel may be more your speed. This is a totally renovated 1956 Allen Herschell Carousel and it is treasured by the locals.

When it is time for a quick meal, Pal’s Sudden Service is the place to be. Pal’s Sudden Service a local chain that serves incredible food, has lightning-fast drive thrus, and personalized service. It is more than a meal, it is an experience.

Sensabaugh Tunnel Story 1
Sensabaugh Story 2
Sensabaugh Story 3
Kingsport, TN
Visit Kingsport
Kingsport Carousel
Kingsport Chamber
Behind the scenes in Kingsport
City of Kingsport
Pal’s Sudden Service
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134 – Phantoms – Spirit Lake, ID

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Do you know about the phantoms of Spirit Lake, Idaho?

On episode 134 of the Travel Oddities Podcast, Harley and Brett confront the ghosts(plural) that are said to inhabit the beautiful waters of Spirit Lake.

Spirit Lake, ID is a logging town and we are fairly certain that is a Travel Oddities first.
Not only is this place picturesque with a scenic downtown, they have an activity for any outdoor enthusiast.

Like so many of the legends we discuss, this one starts with some spooky Native American legends. The Phantoms of Spirit Lake have their origin in these legends, and whether you are a believer or you just love the stories, this one has you covered.

What is the story behind the phantoms?

When is the best time of year to run into a phantom?

If you like your adrenaline spikes to originate from something a little more mundane, then you are going to love Silverwood Theme Park in Athol, Idaho. It is located in beautiful North Idaho, and has over 65 rides, slides, shows and attractions, including one that was voted best in the country by Travel Channel.

After your adventures in this town, you are going to need to refuel, and Messy’s Burgers is just the place to do that. Messy’s is a quick food restaurant in beautiful Spirit Lake, Idaho. Serving burgers, rippers (deep fried hotdogs), milkshake and floats.

Brett and Harley have not been able to come to a truce on the review front, so strap in, it gets really bleepy!

Haunted Spirit Lake
Spirit Lake Ghost Sightings
Spirit Lake, ID
Spirit Lake Tourism Info
SilverWood Theme Park
Messy’s Burgers
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Outro by Buckcherry

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133 – Curse of the Petrified Forest – Petrified Forest, AZ

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Do you know about the curse of the petrified forest in Petrified Forest Arizona? On episode 133 of the Travel Oddities Podcast, Harley and Brett brave the desert for a return to one of the building blocks of the Travel Oddities concept.

Harley uses his feels to help you understand the glorious nature of this beautiful place.

If you are into hiking and adventures, this national park will keep you busy. There are newly opened areas and all sorts of new ways to experience the beauty of the painted desert.

If you are into spooky curses, this park has you covered as well. The curse of the Petrified Forest has been reported regularly for almost a hundred years, but don’t worry, its easy to avoid…just don’t take anything from the forest.

What is the source of the curse?

Is Brett an unknowing victim of the curse?

If you don’t want anything to do with all of this curse business, but you do want a souvenir, then we have a suggestion for you: check out the Painted Desert Indian Center in Holbrook, AZ. From giant dinosaur statues to tiny Kachina dolls, this place has everything the road weary traveler needs to prove that they made the trip.

If you just need some grub, then you are going to have to check out Fat Olives in Flagstaff, AZ. Ingredients imported from Italy, this place makes an authentic Naples style pizza that will make you want to kick little cesar in the jimmy.

Brett and Harley are also slated for their very first speaking engagement at the Haunted Bourbon event in November….stay tuned.

Stories of the Petrified Forest

Background of the Curse of the Petrified Forest

Curse News

Petrified Forest Park

Painted Desert Indian Center

Fat Olives

Haunted Bourbon

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132 – The Alabama White Thang – Decatur, AL

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On this week’s episode, Harley and Brett are headed back to Sweet Home Alabama to hunt down the White Thang in Decatur, AL.

Decatur is located on the Tennessee River in Morgan County, Alabama. It has a rich history and activities for any traveler.

So, what is the Alabama White Thang, aside from being a misspelled cryptid?

Let’s just say that it is a big, white and scary bigfoot, dog, lion thang.

Do you like your cryptids to scream in your face?

If you don’t like being yelled at by mythical creatures, may we suggest checking out some of the best bbq while listening to live entertainment at the Riverfest BBQ and Music Fest?

This event is held on the third weekend in September every year.

We stop in at The Railyard. This is a Farm To Fork Restaurant in Historic Downtown Decatur.

Alabama White Thang
Decatur Alabama
Riverfest BBQ
The Railyard
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Puddles Pity Party

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131 – Demon House – Hartford City, IN

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On this week’s episode, Brett and Harley are monkeying around in Hartford City, IN to check out the Demon House known locally as The Monroe House.

Harftford City, Indiana was an 1800’s boom town that outlasted their neighbors by the strength of the sticky note. If you like hiking trails, you are going to love this little city.

The Monroe House is a realtor’s nightmare and will probably guest star in your nightmares as well. This demon infested house has been running off residents and even hardened paranormal investigators for years. Does the Orkin Man spray for demons?

Would you spend a night in the demon house?

What’s in the basement?

What is the scariest thing to hear on an EVP?

If you don’t want to solve the mystery of the Monroe House, maybe you should check out the Ft Wayne Children’s Zoo. This Zoo is less than an hour away from Hartford City in Ft Wayne, IN, and has some truly unique and fun activities especially for the kids.

We stop in at Ivanhoe’s Ice Cream and Sandwich Shoppe for one of their one hundred flavors of ice cream and Harley screams at another bad review.

Find out how to become a member of the 100 Club. Hint: You do not have to send money to Pat Robertson.

The Monroe House
Paranormal Lockdown
Ivanhoe’s
Kid’s Zoo
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130 – Clown Motel – Tonopah, NV

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On this week’s episode, Brett and Harley are feeling the heat in Tonopah, NV to check out the Clown Motel. Tonapah is halfway between Reno and Vegas…so basically in the middle of the desert.

Not only is the the perfect place to see the night sky, but it is also perfect for rock hunting, hiking, bird watching, wildlife viewing, mountain biking, off-roading & hunting.

The Clown Motel on the other hand is perfect only to fill your nights with horrific nightmares and flashbacks to Stephen King’s IT or the movie Poltergeist.

Is the Clown Motel haunted?

What is miner’s clap?

What is the Tonopah Plague?

What is Coulrophilia?

What percentage of the world has Culdrophobia?

If want don’t like clowns, zombies or ghosts, how about geocaching? Tonopah is a geocaching mecca and we have the scoop.

We also check out the Tonopah Brewing Company where their motto is “Blood,Sweat and Beers” and there specialty Craft Brews and BBQ.

Clown Motel Video
Clown Motel Info
Tonopah, NV
Geocaching
Tonopah Brewing Co
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129 – Shunka Warakin – Ennis, MT

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On this week’s episode, Harley and Brett have to pretend to be qualified for dude-ranch life to explore the beautiful mountain town of Ennis, MT.

Ennis is nestled between three mountains with some of the best rivers in the country. It also has a cowboy charm that will have you dusting off your spurs and shining your six-shooter….or whatever actual cowboys do…we just see them on T.V.

We discuss the legend of the Shunka Warakin(just think giant, primitive, red-haired, crazy wolf). They have been spotted in Montana, Illinois, Nebraska, Idaho and Iowa.

What does the Ioway term,shhuhnkha Warahwalkin, mean according to Loren Coleman?

Where did the modern legend begin?

What is Ringdocus?

How many sheep would a shunka warakin eat in a year?

If you are tired of running from large wolf creatures…maybe you can have cute husky creatures pull you on a friendlier adventure. Spirit of the North Sled Dog Adventures is now on our bucket lists.

The Bear Trap Grille is a must if you are traveling to this little mountain town.

Shunka Warakin Wiki
Stories of the Shunka Warakin
Pictures of the Shunka Warakin
Spirit of the North Sled Dog Adventures
Bear Trap Grille
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128 – The House of Mary Surratt – Washington, D.C.

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On episode 128, Brett is limping his way to Washington, DC, while Harley fails at laughing and/or offending anyone. Why are we headed to DC? The House of Mary Surratt is a conspiracy haunting….it’s a two-fer.

We went light on the DC tourism details…because it is a bottomless pit of interesting and entertaining places and things to do and ain’t nobody got time to cover them all.

The House of Mary Surratt is a location of significance in the Lincoln assassination and it may just be haunted by the ghost of a wrongfully accused co-conspirator. From ghostly footsteps to phantom apparitions, this place has had thousands of people report paranormal activity.

Who was Mary Surratt?

How was she involved in the assassination of our sixteenth president?

Can ghosts melt snow?

Do politicians really eat babies?

If want like the night life, but not the afterlife, may we suggest The All Night Art Show?

Did you know Washington DC is known for chili? Ben’s Chili Bowl is home of the Legendary “Half Smoke” and Brett will hop on one leg to get some.

Washington, DC
Surratt Museum
Spooky Washington Post News Stories
Ben’s Chili Bowl
Art All Night
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127 – The Conewago Screamer – Conewago Township, PA

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On this week’s episode, Harley and Brett are feeling the heat, literally it’s 110 degrees in Oklahoma, so we are excited for some cooler adventures in Conewago Township, PA.

Brett may give up grilling for the team in exchange for a dip into one of Pennsylvania’s cool rivers.

The Conewago Screamer may be kissin’ cousins with The Mothman or maybe a dragon, but either way it’s seven foot tall and has glowing red eyes. We found a scary story from Lon Stickler about the Conewago Screamer, also known as the Conewago Phantom, and we have a new found respect for Lon.

What did Lon Strickler see in the woods in 1988?

Is there a Boy Scout badge for not crapping your pants when you see a seven foot tall, red-eyed phantom in the woods?

What is the temperature in Pennsylvania right now and if it is less than one hundred, can we come over?

If want to see some seven foot behemoths that aren’t cryptids, may we suggest The Weightlifting Hall of Fame in York, PA?

Mangia! Mangia! is a great Italian restaurant in Hershey, but they have a BYOB policy which makes them one of the greatest of all time.

Conewago Screamer story by Phantoms and Monsters
Conewago Township
Weightlifting Hall of Fame
Mangia! Mangia!
“Happy” – Pharrell Williams (BadWolf 3 Piece) Feat. Cameron Bruce & Hannah Foster
BadWolf

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126 – Elsie the Lake Monster – Lake Elsinore CA

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On episode 126 Harley and Brett are headin’ back to Callie to revisit a town with a perfect climate, blue sky, clean air, world-famous thermal winds for aerial sports and, the crowning jewel, a sparkling 3,300 acre recreational lake, Lake Elsinore, California.

We found a new oddity in an old town. Not only does Lake Elsinore have a haunted highway, but it also has its own lake monster, Elsie.

When was Elsie spotted?

Is Elsie a dinosaur?

Not interested in a monster hunt? Maybe you could check out The Cleveland National Forest. This place has top notch hiking, biking and even bird watching.

If you are feeling more adventurous, check out Skull Canyon for some extremely high zip line fun(?).
No Episode of the Travel Oddities Podcast would be complete without a place to grab a bite, and The Lake House Elsinore may be just what you are craving.

Can’t get enough Lake Elsinore? Check out Episode 98, where we discuss the Haunted Ortega Highway and a lot more about Lake Elsinore.

Mysterious Universe – Story of Elsie – Brent Swancer
Lake Elsinore
Lake Elsinore Chamber of Commerce
Skull Canyon Zip Line
The Lake House Elsinore
Cleveland National Forest

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