121 – Caddo Lake State Park Bigfoot – Uncertain, TX

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On this week’s episode, Harley and Brett kick off summer right with a trip to Uncertain, Texas. Yes, we are sure.

Harley had a great interview with Ken Gerhard, a cryptozoologist and field investigator for The Centre for Fortean Zoology. We discuss the Caddo Lake State Park Bigfoot and the similar sightings in the area including some outings with Lyle Blackburn and the Fouke Monster.

What is Bigfoot?

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

What is the Devil’s Elbow?

What project is Ken working on?

Uncertain, TX was originally called this by the surveyors, because they were Uncertain to whether this place was in Texas or Louisianna. The local sheriff was quoted as saying, “You’ve got to either know where you’re goin’ or be lost to find it.”

Need more Bigfoot? The Texas Bigfoot Research Center runs the Original Texas Bigfoot Conference just down the road in Jefferson, TX. Check it out and you just might meet. Bob Gimlin, Dr. Jeff Meldrum, Lyle Blackburn, Ken Gerhard, Nick Redfern, or Shelly Covington-Montana.

The Shady Glade Cafe may be the only restaurant around, but that hasn’t stopped them from making some crazy good country cookin’!

The Top 5 is bigger in Texas.

Ken Gerhard
Ken’s Books
City of Uncertain, TX
Texas Tourism
Texas Bigfoot Research Center
Shady Glade Resort
Outro Music
Outro Music by Jade Bird

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119 – Aberdeen Wild Man – Joppatowne, MD

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Harley and Brett finally let Amy out of the dungeon. On this week’s episode, Amy, Brett and Harley get all dolled up for a night on the town in Joppatowne, Maryland.

Amy has a lost love connection with author Frank J. Bennett. Frank is a sexy man, but he also had some seriously strange encounters with a creature called the Aberdeen Wildman near Joppatowne.

What is the Aberdeen Wildman?

Who is the Aberdeen Wildman’s tailor? I’d like to meet his tailor.

How hot was Frank Bennett in his teens?

Maryland is all about the water and so are we. From nationally acclaimed aquariums to harbor cruises, if you like the ocean, you will LOVE Maryland.

Dr. Gloom’s Crypt of Curiosities in the back of Protean Books & Records may be one of the strangest museums we have ever found.

Diablo Donuts will fill you with happy feelings. From their crack-like hot cocoa donut to their nitro coffee, you are sure to be in breakfast heaven.

How do you break the seal of trust with the paranormal?

The Top 5 may just be a plea for Old Bay seasoning to become a Travel Oddities Sponsor….

Joppatowne, Maryland

Chamber of Commerce

Dr. Glooms

Protean Books

Diablo Doughnuts

Frank J. Bennett

Outro Music

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117 – Great Serpent Mound – Peebles, OH

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One week back from the Ozark Mountains UFO Conference and we are all still a little slap-happy! On this week’s episode, Harley and Brett have to strip off the excess gear to fully explore one of the most scenic areas in all of Ohio, Peebles, OH.

This place was apparently built for hikers. With miles of trails, you can hike for days or take an afternoon exploring one of the smaller trails.

We have an interview with Ross Hamilton about the Great Serpent Mound and he is smarter than us. We discuss his 12 year exploration of the Serpent Mound and his book The Mystery of the Serpent Mound.

What is the origin of the Serpent Mound?

What is its astronomical significance?

Why was it built here?

Who were the Adena people?

Is the Serpent Mound a path to enlightenment, a map of the stars, haunted, or an intergalactic Phillips 66?

There are events feature drumming, sweat lodges, healing ceremonies, and crystal skulls at the mound.

What is Sound Current meditation?

If you have already found enlightenment, you can always check out the Cedar Trails Nudist Retreat. It is family orientated and they have loads of activities….we tried to not make it weird….that didn’t work.

BK Scoop in West Union may have the coolest menu ever. #travelodditiesapproved

The Top 5 is full of icons and lies.

Ross Hamilton’s Books
Serpent Mound Info
Serpent Mound Park
Ghost stories around the Serpent Mound
Serpent Mound Video
Sound Current Meditation
Cedar Trails Nudist Retreat
Adams County
Adams Lake Park
Outro Music – Nigthtcore version of Ohio is For Lovers by Hawthorne Heights
BK Scoop

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

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113 – Demon of Brownsville Road – Pittsburgh, PA

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Yes, we admit it….we were originally biased against Pittsburgh, PN, but we have seen the light! Join us as we explore one of the coolest and livable(?) cities in the country!

Pittsburgh is the 63rd-largest city in the U.S, a tech mecca, and a must-see destination.
Find out more about one of the “Best Places to Travel.

We have a great interview with Bob Cranmer, author of The Demon of Brownsville Road. He shares some truly terrifying details of his twenty years in the infamous Demon House.

We have all the inside information on Randyland, a place Anthony Bourdain said is essential for the “Perfect Day in Pittsburgh”.

Brett has some deep breakthroughs about his youth in the Catholic Church. Apparently they are perfect for renovating into world class restaurants.

We have classed up the Top 5 and the guys at the Project Archivist Show called us with a heart-melting voicemail.

Pittsburgh Chamber of Commerce

City of Pittsburgh

Church Brew Works

RandyLand

Demon of Brownsville Rd

Pittsburgh Post

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109 – Lalaurie Mansion – New Orleans, LA

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On this week’s episode, Harley and Brett are gearing up for Mardi Gras in the most unique city in America, New Orleans, Louisiana.

Harley is a year older and apparently the light is fading fast…you know, because he is 44.

We have a great interview with Lyn Gibson, aka The Twisted Southern Horror Queen about Madame Lalaurie and the Lalaurie Mansion. Madame Lalaurie might have been the sickest person alive at the time.

New Orleans is one of the world’s most fascinating cities – it’s home to a truly unique melting pot of cultures, and we explore some of the more unusual aspects.

We found a way to get a real behind-the-scenes look at New Orleans Mardi Gras at Mardi Gras World.

Harley and Brett never stop scouring a town until we find something awesome to eat…and we found the fat dude at BigCheezy at Henry’s uptown Bar. This place takes the grilled cheese to a whole new level.

The Travel Oddities Top Five is full of music and good times, just like New Orleans, LA.

Support our newest sponsor, Ecosia.org, for free!

Check out Lyn Gibson’s Work
The Twisted Southern Horror Queen show on The Edge Radio
New Orleans Online
New Orleans Wiki
Ecosia.org
The Big Cheezy
Henry’s Uptown Bar
Mardi Gras World
The Lalaurie Mansion
New Orlean’s Chamber
New Orleans News
Outro Music
The Legion: Ghost

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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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67 – Bell Rock Vortex – Sedona, AZ

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On this week’s episode, Brett and Harley take an existential trip to Sedona, AZ in search of enlightenment at the Bell Rock Vortex.

We are completely sold on this oddity, and Brett already has a bag packed.

We had a great interview with our “boots on the ground” expert, Sue-Ellen Barker. Sue-Ellen is a tour guide with Sedona Red Rock tours and she really knows her vortexes, vortices….she really knows her vortex stuff.

Sue-Ellen gives us the skinny on all of the metaphysical activities in the area as well as some activities for the normals(you know who you are).

In The News: A school that teaches the ways of the force, but they can’t say that. The Silver Sabres Combat Academy might “force” you to exercise.

We discuss Sedona, but let’s be honest, we couldn’t wrap up Sedona in a year of shows.

No Episode of the Travel Oddities Podcast would be complete without a place to grab a bite, and our tour guide pointed us in the direction of the best pizza in the tri-state area.

Brett’s Top 5 has cowboys and Native Americans.

Sedona Red Rock Tours
Sedona Vortex Retreats
info [at] sedonadestinations [dot] com
928 – 282 – 0993

Picazzo’s Pizza
Silver Sabres Combat Academy
News – Business Insider UK
Top 5 from Movoto
Mike Masse and Jeff Hall – The Sound of Silence
Music by Mike Masse

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66 -The Van Meter Visitor – Van Meter, IA

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On this weeks episode Brett and Harley travel north(ish) to VanMeter, IA in search of the Van Meter Visitor, Mothman, Mystery Creature whatcha ma call it.

Try saying that 5 times fast, that’s a real oddity. Again this week with the tongue twisters.

They had the pleasure of interviewing Jessica Freeburg, co-author of the”Hitch Hikers Guide to Cryptids” ‘Monsters of the Midwest

They also talk about the Vameter Visitor Festival that comes around every late September…do the math on that one.

In The News: Pojo’s Pure Vermont Soaps that are saito ward off Vampires and Werewolves and anychance at true love; unless of course you find someone that doesn’t have the sense of smell.

We discuss Van Meter #inanutshell

No Episode of the Travel Oddities Podcast would be complete without a place to grab a bite, the boys give you the “skinny” on Fat Randi’s Bar and Grill and why Iowa has a state bird, rock, flower and apparently a state sandwhich.

Brett’s Top 5 is a top 5 of epic perportions only because he never stays on topic

Brett and Harley ‘It’s better to burn out than to Fae away’ I believe that’s the saying. The Fairy welcoming committee is well under way. Can Brett find it in his heart to open his mind, body and spirit to the the fae. Tune in next time to find out if it was a Bang or Bust.

Jessica Freeburg
Ghost Stories Ink
Werewolf and Vampire repelling Soap
Soapy News
Van Meter Iowa
Bob Feller Museum
Fat Randi’s Bar and Grill
Van Meter Visitor Festival
Roman Nose State Park
Cherokee Trading Post
Wet Willie’s Custom Carving
Outro Music by Mike Masse

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