ODDtober – La Llorna

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Show notes: Is the tale of La Llorna just a fable to scare the kiddies or does her ghostly form really roam the banks of the rivers and arroyos of the southwest searching for her dead children? Join us for this hauntingly epic tale as we tell the story of the vain Maria and her handsome ranchero.

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OS – Chesterville Witch – Chesterville, OH

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Does the ghost of a long dead Amish woman, once accused of witch craft, still roam the tiny Chesterville Cemetery? The locals think so. Brett and Amy find out what they did to keep her in her grave on this Oddtober Odd Spot.

Chesterville, Ohio

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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.

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.

Manitou Springs

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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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92 – Black Mist – Casa Grande, AZ

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We’re taking a road trip to the big house this week. Casa Grande Arizona is filled with mysterious tales of the unknown and frightening but we’ve found an oddity that is sure to leave you thinking twice about going into the desert after dark.

A silent black mist slowly creeps through the canyons stalling cars and baffling hikers as it slowly engulfs them. Is it an ancient native American spirit in search of the souls of lonely travelers or just one of the dust storms so common in the area? We’ll hash out the lore and delve into the local legends.

All work and no play makes Harley a hangry dude, so we’ll grab a bite to eat at the Big House Cafe. All you can eat tacos, people! This is what we’ve been training for. It’s go time, Oddballs!

While you’re in town, take a side trip to the Casa Grande Ruins National Monument. Mysteriously abandoned by the Sonoran “Hohokam” people in the 1400’s, we’ll explore the majestic landscape and remains of the village they left behind. So, was it famine and disease that caused them to abandon this once thriving village, or perhaps something more sinister. Maybe it was all the freakin rattlesnakes in the state of Arizona!

Speaking of snakes, Brett’s Top 5 is bound to get you a little…..’rattled’……Get it…rattled?……No?

Music by Mike Masse
Black Mist
Casa Grande
Casa Grande Chamber
Casa Grande Dispatch
Casa Grande Ruins National Monument
Big House Cafe

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91 – Were-otter – Sitka, AK

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We’re taking a trip to the seaside town of Sitka, Alaska this week to discuss (arguably) the most adorable cryptid we’ve ever covered. The Kooshdakhaa are a mythical shape-shifting race of were-otters found in the stories of the Tlingit and Tsimshian Indians of Southeastern Alaska. Vicious soul stealing monster or cute and cuddly life saver? I’m still waiting on an email response from Charlie Sheen…..

We’ll visit the Fortress of the Bear for an up close and personal look at these incredible Alaskan Bears. Set against the Tongass National Forest, this habitat offers daily tours. Learn the challenges they face as the staff work to rescue these incredible giants. And I think Amy has found her spirit animal.

We’ll stop for a bite at the Bayview Pub for a delicious Elk burger. Tony and Patricia have created a warm and welcoming restaurant sourcing their seafood fresh from the docks. Harley may scoff at the deliciousness of it but Amy is ready for some Rockfish tacos-served grilled, blackened, or house-dipped beer-battered and fried. With the largest selection of beer in town and 10 TVs, we may just have to move in.

We’ll honor a true Iditarod hero in the top 5 and learn what not to do with a moose.

Sitka
Fortress of the Bear
Bay view Pub
Sitka Sentinel
Alaska State Trooper Academy
Alaska Raptor Center
Charlie Sheen
Music by Mike Masse

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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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