135 – Sensabaugh Tunnel – Kingsport, TN

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Have your heard of the Haunted Sensabaugh Tunnel in Kingsort, TN? On episode 135 of the Travel Oddities Podcast, Brett and Harley face their fear of the dark and head into this creepy urban legend.

Kingsport Tennessee is a small city nestled in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains. It is within a day’s drive of most of the US. Lauded by golfers and walkers alike, you are not likely to find a more peaceful land of parks and historical sights.

If your tastes lean further towards to spooky end of the street, you are going to love the haunted Sensabaugh Tunnel. Legends of murder, ghosts, satanic rituals and automobile high jinks abound around this very creepy tunnel. If you hear the crying baby, it may just be too late for you.

If you chicken out on the haunted tunnel, The Kingsport Carousel may be more your speed. This is a totally renovated 1956 Allen Herschell Carousel and it is treasured by the locals.

When it is time for a quick meal, Pal’s Sudden Service is the place to be. Pal’s Sudden Service a local chain that serves incredible food, has lightning-fast drive thrus, and personalized service. It is more than a meal, it is an experience.

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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.

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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.

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OS – Gurnsey Hollow Cemetery – Frewsberg, NY

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The haunting and sad history of the Gurnsey Hollow cemetery is filled with murder and tragedy. No wonder the spectral shenanigans of a long dead little girl still plague the visitors to this out of the way spot. Brett and Amy talk dead child ghosts and other weirdness.
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84 – Meriwether Lewis Conspiracy – Hohenwald, TN

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Amy, Brett and Harley have been scheming and plotting lots of new material and formats for the show. On this week’s episode, Harley and Amy skip the travel by sea and opt for the sketchier Natchez Trace, a dangerous trail in a very remote area of Tennessee…or at least it used to be during the late 1700’s. Now the town of Hohenwald, TN is like a step back in time with a diverse mix of sites all packed into a small area – an Amish settlement and General Store, award-winning wineries, working Alpaca and horse farms, a 1960’s era commune and streams, waterfalls, and beautiful forests.

We cover the conspiracy around the death of famed explorer, Meriwether Lewis of Lewis & Clark fame.

The oddity of this conspiracy is that it seems to have been largely ignored by history

The views from the Natchez Trace are incredible and the entire area is steeped in history.

If you are planning a trip to visit the grave of Lewis, there is plenty of other things to do in the area…so make a few days of the trip.

No Episode of the Travel Oddities Podcast would be complete without a place to grab a bite, and you cannot beat a place with a name like the Junkyard Dog Steakhouse. Warning: They do not serve elephant.

The Tennessee Top 5 has Goo Goo Clusters!

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47 – Seattle Metaphysical Library – Seattle, WA

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Stick out your thumb and hitch a ride with Brett and Harley on a trip to an esoteric wonderland! On this week’s episode, we travel to Seattle, WA to check out the Seattle Metaphysical Library. Disneyland can’t hold a candle to the dusty tombs in this place. Whether you want to know about aliens, Antarctica, Atlantis, alchemy, astronomy or astrology, this place has it all. This place is so elite you can’t find it from the street. We like to support cool people doing cool things, and what is cooler than running a library that covers everything that “they” don’t want you to know. In business for 55 years, this oddity has had to fight tooth and nail to keep their doors open. We discuss a few of the events that they regularly host, some of the books you can borrow, and what it takes to support this diamond in the rough.

We have two news stories on this episode. The first news story, from Popular Science Magazine covers the Vikings and how the size of their family might have played a role in their murdering. The second news story is worlds away from the first, seriously. From Futurism.com, we cover a story about space mining, and when we should expect to see it happen.

If you are planning a trip to Seattle, these are just a few other activities that you might be interested in checking out:

The Fremont Troll also known as The Troll, or the Troll Under the Bridge is a public sculpture in the Fremont neighborhood of Seattle, Washington.

Pike Place Market is the longest continuously running public/farmers market in the country. It overlooks the Elliott Bay waterfront in Seattle.

Seattle Underground is one of Seattle’s most unusual attractions, a humorous stroll through intriguing subterranean storefronts and sidewalks entombed when the city rebuilt on top of itself after the Great Fire of 1889.

Brett’s top 5 things you didn’t know about Seattle list.

We also discuss one of the best burgers in Seattle.

We have an update on the Space Syrup ODD Challenge. We are not sure what is in there, but we are sure that it doesn’t taste good.

All this and more on episode 47 of the Travel Oddities Podcast.

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