99 – The Spottsville Monster – Owensboro, KY

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We are back in Kentucky and hoping that we don’t offend the locals(like last time).

Brett and Amy are traveling to Owensboro and a spot on the map, called Spottsville to find an oddity that is so terrifying that the locals just call it the Spottsville monster.

So what is the Spottsville monster? How does a red-eyed, chicken stealing bigfoot sound?

This cryptid is spooky, but don’t let that sway you from the fun along the banks of the Green River.

There is more to do in the town of Owensboro than you could find at Disneyland.

We discuss the Haunts of Owensboro Ghost Tour and then Amy explains why haunted carriage rides are not for picky agoraphobes with no taste for the outdoors.

If you are planning a trip to hunt for the Spottsville Monster, be sure to pack your spell-book so you can try some voodoo Supernatural tricks which will be fully explained in this very special episode.

No Episode of the Travel Oddities Podcast would be complete without a place to grab a bite, and Amy and Brett decided to go all high class with Shrimp from Bill’s Restaurant.

The Top 5 some sticky stuff on the back, so we are going to write our grocery list on it….some of us need sleep, so deal with my weird ramblings or just listen to the damn show already.

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Spottsville, Kentucky
Bill’s Restaurant
Haunts of Owensboro
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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97 – Wisconsin Death Trip – Black River Falls, WI

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ODDTOBER has drawn to an end and the weather is turning colder. There’s a distinct chill in the air and the darkness of night comes earlier and earlier. So, settle in with Brett and Amy as they tell the tale of the horrors of Wisconsin in the late 19th century.

In 1973, Michael Lesy published the now cult classic, Wisconsin Death Trip. In the last decade of the 19th century, life in Black River Falls was filled with madness, suicide, murder, disease and child mortality. The horrors perpetrated by the citizens of Jackson County are depicted in stark reality in the photographs taken between 1890 and 1910 by a local photographer, with extracts from the local newspaper, the Badger State Banner, and from the records of the local mental asylum.

All this murder and madness can work up an appetite so we’ll stop by Re-Pete’s Saloon and Grill for some tasty treats. We’ll tell you all about the famous Re-Pete Offender and how you can win your very own Re-Pete t-shirt.

If you’re ready to walk off that giant lunch, we’ll take a trip to the Wisconsin Cranberry Discovery Center. Learn all about the annual Wisconsin Cranberry Festival as you tour the interactive cranberry museum. Stop by the vintage ice cream parlor for a variety of cranberry flavored ice creams and visit their gift shop for some fantastic cranberry treats.

Music by Mike Masse
Wisconsin Death Trip Movie
Wisconsin Death Trip Book
Black River Falls
Black River Chamber of Commerce
Jackson County Chronicle
Wisconsin Cranberry Discovery Center
Re-Pete’s Saloon and Grill

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96 – Raven’s Grin Inn – Mount Carroll, IL

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Grab a coat and button up, Oddballs. It gets a bit chilly where we’re heading. The beautiful New England-esque town of Mount Carroll Illinois holds the record for some frigid temperatures but the beauty of the quaint little midwestern town is sure to warm you right up.

What do you do with a ramshackle old 19th century mansion with no plumbing or electricity that sits just a block away from a creepy old cemetery? If you’re Jim Warfield, you drop three grand on it and spend the next 20 years fulfilling your lifelong dream of creating your very own wacky house of horrors. And if creepy secret passageways and slides that shoot you from the roof to 24 feet underground aren’t enough to lure you in, there are always the real ghosts…..

While you’re in town, stop by the Timber Lake Playhouse and grab a seat for their current stage production of Howard Ashman’s Little Shop of Horrors. Opened in 1962, they are the oldest semiprofessional summer stock theater company in Illinois.

Where do the hair impaired in Mount Carroll go to grab a quick bite to eat? To the BaldGuyz Coffee and Bistro, of course! Monster cheese burgers, Italian sodas and cinnamon bun frappes will leave you drooling on Granny’s apron. Tell her we said hi! And the good news is, you don’t have to be bald to indulge in their delicious fare. Just don’t rub it in with the focially impaired.

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Bald Guyz Bistro
Mt. Carroll
Timber Lake Playhouse
Raven’s Grin
Raven’s Grin Review

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95 – The Curse of Dudleytown – Cornwall, CT

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Amy and Harley are taking a trip to picturesque Litchfield County, Connecticut and the quaint town of Cornwall. Known for its covered bridges and eco-conscious residents, Cornwall and the Housatonic River are a hiking and fly fishing hot spot. This calendar worthy quintessential New England town is perfect. But is it too perfect?

Cornwall CT
Cornwall Chamber
Cornwall Chronicle
When Pigs Fly South
Music by Mike Masse

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94 – The Monsters of Devil’s Lake – Baraboo WI

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The shadowy spirits elephants, mysterious disappearances, native legends and the most beautiful landscapes you could wish to see on any road trip. We’re traveling to the heart of the dairy belt to visit the Devil’s Lake State Park to dive into some very disturbing legends.

Don’t let the postcard views of this gem in Wisconsin fool you. This town seems to be a hotbed of the paranormal. From lake monsters to Bigfoot to ghosts and native american curses, Baraboo has it all.

If you aren’t feeling like taking on the local oddities, there is fishing, boating, kayaking and camping adventures for all. I would say to watch out for bears…but they say there are none. Maybe the giant ghost mammoths ate them?

If the outdoors and the paranormal are not your cup of tea, this town is home to Circus World. This is a working circus and museum devoted to the history of the circus, with artifacts and exhibits and tigers!

No trip to the cheese capitol of the world would be complete without stopping in to the Gem City Saloon and Eatery for a cheesy slice of the “best pizza in Wisconsin.

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More about Baraboo
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Music by Mike Masse

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93 – Ghosts of Smallwood’s Store – Chokoloskee, FL

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The shadowy spirits of long dead outlaws, unsolved murders, whispered secrets and fried green tomatoes……..this roadtrip ain’t for the faint of heart. We’re headed deep into the wilds of Florida’s Ten Thousand Islands National Wildlife Refuge for a visit to Ted Smallwood’s legendary Smallwood Store on Chokoloskee Island.

If you’ve got the nerve to brave the labyrinth of mangrove islands, back wood marshes, brackish ponds and winding channels , you’ll discover a wild land steeped in history and shrouded in myth. Step into Smallwood’s and step back in time as you peruse the shelves of this 1920’s time capsule But don’t be fooled by the beauty of this amazing landscape. Ghosts walk these old plank floors, who’s secrets have yet to be told.

This is an outdoors man’s (or woman’s) paradise. Fishing, boating, kayaking and camping adventures abound. There are plenty of guided canoe or kayak trips, dolphin ecotours and birding or wildlife powerboat tours for newbies. Our Defense Against The Dark Arts will hopefully protect you from the mosquitoes and the elusive Florida panthers…….hopefully……

Once you get your land legs back, head on over to Triad Seafood in Everglades City for home made desserts and it’s infamous “All You Can Eat Stone Crab”. We hear the Alligator Tail is pretty tasty, too. This no frills eatery offers gorgeous views of the Barron River and a Key Lime pie so good, it’s been know to make grown men drop to their knees in the middle of the restaurant, throw their hands in the air and uncontrollably weep with unbridled gastric ecstasy….not really. But it’s supposed to be really good.

No trip to the Everglades would be complete without a trip to the Skunk Ape Research Headquarters in Ochopee, Florida. We’ll discuss the “Jane Goodall of Skunk Apes” and find out the Skunk Ape’s favorite snacks. Let’s just hope it’s not chubby podcasters from Oklahoma!

Chokoloskee, FL
Everglades Mullet Rapper
Smallwood’s Store
Skunkape Research Center
Triad Seafood Market Cafe
Music by Mike Masse

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87 – Beast of Busco – Churubusco, IN

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While Harley’s away, Brett and Amy will play. We test the bounds of our PG rating.

On this week’s episode, Brett and Amy take you into the Indiana backwoods to look for the elusive Beast of Busco in Churobusco Indiana.

Known as Turtle Town USA, Churobusco has one of the longest running cryptozoological festivals in America- “Turtle Days.” held annually in June.

Seems like a lot of hub bub for a little ole turtle, but this legendary beast is bigger than a dining room table and weighs more than 500 pounds.

Access to the Beast of Busco site of the sightings is on private property today. “No trespassing” signs are posted, so please check out the town, the local street art and the giant turtle shell at the local McDonald’s, but be respectful of the actual property.

We discuss Little Turtle, AKA Michikinikwa, Miami people chief and military leader.

No Episode of the Travel Oddities Podcast would be complete without a place to grab a bite, and we found a magical burger landmark decorated in clowns. Lots of clowns. Magic Wand Restaurant famous Indiana landmark that is also a family friendly diner. Of course they serve a mean Turtle sundae.

The Top 5 just gets weirder as time goes by…maybe it’s just Brett.

Cryptid Con is coming up very soon, so be sure to check their site if you are going to be in the area.

Churubusco Official Website
Busco News
Magic Wand Restaurant
Cryptid Con Website
Music by Mike Masse

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