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.

Baraboo
More about Baraboo
Circus World
Gem City Saloon
Music by Mike Masse

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OS – Emma Crawford Coffin Races – Manitou Springs, CO

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Emma Crawford’s corpse just wouldn’t stay put so the town of Manitou Springs Colorado decided to celebrate it by throwing a party. So, grab your friends and a pine box for this unique annual event.

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OS – Dotson Runway Graves – Savannah, GA

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Savannah Georgia is full of creepy tales and the ghosts of bygone days. But few can be witnessed from 20000 feet over the Savannah International Airport. The Dotson’s final resting place is a sight to see especially when visited by long dead mourners. “Gone home to rest” means little to the ethereal sight found in this Odd Spot.

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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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OS – St Omer Cemetery Witch Grave – Ashmore,IL

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The old St Omer Cemetery in Coles County is said to be home to an obscure but enduring legend that has haunted this defunct town for generations. Dated Feburary 31, the glowing tombstone on a moonless night is said to damn those who attempt to take it’s picture. Join us for this dark tale of haunted history and cemetery horror as we continue the frightening tales of ODDTOBER.

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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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