122 – Puckwudgies – Anderson IN

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On this week’s episode, Harley is back from his trip to Florida and he and Brett use the frequent flyer miles to visit Anderson, Indiana.

Brett got to revisit one of his worst fears…little things.

Puckwudgies are knee high(an average knee high) forest spirits with a taste for blood and apparently the Mounds State Park has been overrun.

What is Puckwudgie?

What can you do to increase your chances of a Puckwudgie encounter?

Do Puckwudgies like Skittles?

From festivals, museums, hiking, and theatre to shopping, racing, and a casino, Anderson, IN has something for everyone all year long. There is a reason that it is called the Pittsburgh on White River.

Puckwudgies weren’t scary enough? There is more…Indy Scream Park is rated one of the scariest Halloween events in the country.

You don’t have to have your black belt to eat at Ninja of Japan, but maybe something with an elastic waist might help.

The Top 5 is not Muppet friendly.

Indy Scream Park
Visit Madison County
Puckwudgie
Puckwudgie Reddit story
Ninja of Japan
Indy Scream Park
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116 – Windigo Lake – Ten Lake Township, MN

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Amy, Brett, Matt and Harley just got back from the Ozark Mountains UFO conference. More to come on that topic. On this week’s episode, Harley and Brett get to explore the beautiful Ten Lake Township in Minnesota. You can expect that Brett will use his MinneSOOOtah accent.

We discuss the Wendigo at Windigo Lake in the Chippewa National Forest. Is the Wendigo a physical being or a spectre? Is it Wendigo or Windigo? We don’t know the answer to these questions, so we brought in an expert. Chad Lewis, prolific author and Legend Tripper and honorary Travel Oddities Crew joins us to discuss this, the creepiest of cryptid/ghost things….

This oddity is spooky, but not as scary as traversing this area in the winter….dunna’ do eh.

Chippewa National Forest has twenty-three developed campgrounds, 100 back-country sites, 160 miles of hiking trails, 900 miles of river and three of the largest lakes in the state.

Brett REALLY likes travel..

No Episode of the Travel Oddities Podcast would be complete without a place to grab a bite.
Minnesota Nice Cafe is a family owned and operated cafe located in Bemidji, with home cooked meals just like Grandma used to make….and apparently Grandma’s specialty is the Beaver Tail Burger.

The segment formally known as the Top 5 drove away in a little red corvette.

Chad Lewis
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Leeroy Justice website
Ten Lake Township
Cass Lake
Lake Windigo
Chippewa National Forest
Explore Minnetsota
Minnesota Nice Cafe

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110 – Flying Heads – Northville, NY

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On this week’s episode, Harley and Brett are loading the van for a trip into the forest in Adirondack Park, in Northville, New York.

Brett is self-medicating with probiotics, and that is not the weirdest thing that is happening in this episode.
We are investigating the Flying Heads, a cannibalistic monster or spirit from Iroquois and Wyandot mythology. This legend breaks all of the rules, so don’t try to use your movie knowledge to get away from this show.

Northville, NY is just one of the towns that is associated with the Adirondack Park, and there is something for everyone here. Its 6 million acres is home to 105 villages and they never lock the gates. This place has an endless selection of breathtaking hiking trails, kayaking, canoeing, breweries, wineries and more.

Harley and Brett found another Travel Oddities first, a restaurant that you can float right up to. Float into the Sports Island Pub and Restaurant and have yourself a cheesesteak!

The Travel Oddities Top Five is playing shirts versus skins against NY and NY picked skins…

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Odd Facts about NY
Northville
Flying Head Wiki
Sports Island Pub
Adirondacks
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90 – The Beale Cipher Conspiracy – Bedford VA

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WARNING! This episode may result in gold fever.

On this week’s episode, Brett and Amy take you on a hike to the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia to investigate the Beale Cipher Conspiracy of Bedford, sandwiched between Lynchburg and Roanoke.

Travel with us as we search in a “place that sells itself”. What is the historical link between Bedford and Normandy? Besides the history, we also discuss the beauty and activities that are a huge draw for the modern traveler. From beautiful hiking trails and outdoor activities to the music and local cultural activities.

This town has a lot going on today, but a lot of people visit for a completely different reason…GOLD. We discuss the treasure legend and conspiracies around the Beale Cipher. From the history of the Beale papers to the history of the people who have searched in vain for the treasure, we cover it all. We definitely know exactly where the treasure is hidden and we are blowin’ the lid off of this mystery….except for maybe, where the treasure is located.

The treasure is only estimated to be worth 63 million dollars in today’s money, so you may only have enough to share with us….just sayin’.

We also discuss Thomas Jefferson’s Poplar Forest. It is really the most popular poplar forest ever.

No Episode of the Travel Oddities Podcast would be complete without a place to grab a bite, and we found a restaurant steeped in travel history. Olde Liberty Station is THE restaurant to go to in Bedford, and it is an honest to goodness restored railroad station.

Amy has been writing the defense against the dark arts segment again…so there will be discussion around bug spray.

The Top 5 has apparently been named the most important part of the show….so we included it.

Local Trail System
Virginia Info
Liberty Station
Poplar Forest
Roanoke News
Bedford Chamber
Music by Mike Masse

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88 – Ghost of Lehunt – Independence, KS

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Ummm, you are really going to love this episode.

On this week’s episode, Brett and Amy take you on a trip to the plains of Kansas to investigate the ghost town of Lehunt, just outside of Independence.

Travel with us as we investigate this once thriving community that dried up after the Portland Cement Company left. We also learn some dark secrets and hauntings that surround this town and the people that lived there.

This town is locked, but you can request a key to enter legally. A sign on the gate that blocks the road to the former plant and gives vague instructions to get a key from the “engineers office” most likely a reference for the Corps of engineers who manage the nearby Elk city lake located on the other side of Table mound.

This place is home to at least one ghost and the walls have their own stories to tell.

We also discuss an awesome festival – Neewollah. That is Halloween backwards. The original reasons for this this celebration may have been backwards as well, but it has evolved into one of the most popular events in Kansas and an Oddity in its own right.

No Episode of the Travel Oddities Podcast would be complete without a place to grab a bite, and we found, Brothers Railroad Inn. Brother’s features the secret recipes of the Conway family that for five generations since 1950 has refined and perfected the offerings of its family’s restaurant, first in Maryland and now in Independence, Kansas.

Our defense against the dark arts is really powerful, so use with care.

The Top 5 seems to be very food-centric….maybe somebody was hungry.

Little House on the Prairie Museum
Brother’s Railroad Inn
Independence KS
Independence Chamber of Commerce
Independence Daily Reporter
Music by Mike Masse

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