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
Outro Music
Outro Musician

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OS – Guardian Lions of Route 66 – Amboy, CA

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Join Amy and Brett for a trip along Route 66. Four miles east of Roy’s Motel and Café sign, you can see two large white statues. These solid marble Chinese guardian lions, are spaced a quarter-mile apart in the empty desert.

How did these marble beasts end up here?

These “foo dogs” or Chinese guardian lions are standing about five feet high and elevated on pedestals.
They were first sighted in 2013, and nobody has ever claimed responsibility.

Listen to the show or you will never know what you don’t know.

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101 – Blythe Intaglios – Blythe, CA

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Brett and Harley are traveling back to the west coast, to get a bird’s eye view of an oddity that Giorgio Tsoukalos would flip his lid to visit. Welcome to Blythe, CA, home of the mysterious Blythe Intaglios.

The story of the Blythe Intaglios starts several thousand years ago….or in a galaxy far, far away. The mysterious builders of these gigantic geoglyphs are still an unknown. Don’t you worry, we have more than a theory or two and we are here to share.

Aside from being home to one mystical oddity, Blythe California is known as the center of the water sport universe and is one of the most beautiful stretches of California desert that you can find.

We also found a gem of a spot for any rock-hound. The Hauser Geode Beds are famous for the rich and varied gem filled geodes, hiking camping and family fun.

With a rebel yell, The Travel Oddities Podcast cried, more, more, more…BBQ. Rebel BBQ is the embodiment of everything a restaurant should be and they have a BLT that tears me up just writing this.

The Top 5 from California includes several break-downs by Brett and Harley, but we were setup by Amy. …so really listen to the show or the tree-huggers win!

Blythe
Blythe Intaglios
Hauser Geode Beds
Rebel BBQ
Music by Mike Masse

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98 – Haunted Ortega Highway – Lake Elsinore, CA

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Happy Monday, Odd Squad! On this super spooky episode of the Travel Oddities Podcast, Brett and Harley have partially recovered from an electrically charged ESP test just in time for a trip down the Haunted Ortega Highway in Lake Elsinore, California.

Highway 74 or the Haunted Ortega Highway has claims of hauntings and many other odd sightings, and since it has seen more than its fair share of death, it’s no wonder why it is considered one of the most haunted places in California. From phantom clowns to crazed gnomes to the truly unspeakable, this stretch of road has something for every paranormal thrill seeker.

If you find that you are brave enough to take this highway, the spoils are more than worth the trip. Lake Elsinore, CA is a beautiful resort town nestled in the Santa Ana Mountains with breathtaking views and activities for every taste.

If you need some assistance to make it past the paranormal, the boys share the recipe for a witch’s bottle. We cannot guarantee the effectiveness, but we can guarantee it is really gross.

Road trips, even terrify road trips on haunted highways are our jam, but if you want to skip that piece, maybe you can “jump” past the obstacles. Skydive Elsinore is world renown of its thermals…so dive on in.

If breakfast all day is more your speed, we have you covered. The Lookout Roadhouse has been voted the best breakfast in town, and the patio offers mountain top views that will blow you away.

Listen to the show already, I am sick of typing!

Music by Mike Masse
Lake Elsinore Chamber
LA Times Story
Lookout Roadhouse
How to make a witch bottle
Skydive Elsinore
Clown Story
Lake Elsinore Grand Prix

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OS – Sideshow Mummy – Guthrie OK

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We’re visiting Guthrie, Oklahoma today hot on the trail of the goofiest gun in the west. Elmer McCurdy was a bumbling would-be outlaw who just couldn’t get the hang of being a successful bad guy. Find out what happened to Elmer and his after death escapades on the ODDTOBER addition of the Travel Oddities Podcast.

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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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