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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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
Hangin Art Gallery 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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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

Music
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

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

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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

Music
Chicky Chacky

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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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