132 – The Alabama White Thang – Decatur, AL

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On this week’s episode, Harley and Brett are headed back to Sweet Home Alabama to hunt down the White Thang in Decatur, AL.

Decatur is located on the Tennessee River in Morgan County, Alabama. It has a rich history and activities for any traveler.

So, what is the Alabama White Thang, aside from being a misspelled cryptid?

Let’s just say that it is a big, white and scary bigfoot, dog, lion thang.

Do you like your cryptids to scream in your face?

If you don’t like being yelled at by mythical creatures, may we suggest checking out some of the best bbq while listening to live entertainment at the Riverfest BBQ and Music Fest?

This event is held on the third weekend in September every year.

We stop in at The Railyard. This is a Farm To Fork Restaurant in Historic Downtown Decatur.

Alabama White Thang
Decatur Alabama
Riverfest BBQ
The Railyard
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Puddles Pity Party

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129 – Shunka Warakin – Ennis, MT

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On this week’s episode, Harley and Brett have to pretend to be qualified for dude-ranch life to explore the beautiful mountain town of Ennis, MT.

Ennis is nestled between three mountains with some of the best rivers in the country. It also has a cowboy charm that will have you dusting off your spurs and shining your six-shooter….or whatever actual cowboys do…we just see them on T.V.

We discuss the legend of the Shunka Warakin(just think giant, primitive, red-haired, crazy wolf). They have been spotted in Montana, Illinois, Nebraska, Idaho and Iowa.

What does the Ioway term,shhuhnkha Warahwalkin, mean according to Loren Coleman?

Where did the modern legend begin?

What is Ringdocus?

How many sheep would a shunka warakin eat in a year?

If you are tired of running from large wolf creatures…maybe you can have cute husky creatures pull you on a friendlier adventure. Spirit of the North Sled Dog Adventures is now on our bucket lists.

The Bear Trap Grille is a must if you are traveling to this little mountain town.

Shunka Warakin Wiki
Stories of the Shunka Warakin
Pictures of the Shunka Warakin
Spirit of the North Sled Dog Adventures
Bear Trap Grille
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Outro Musician

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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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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

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111 – Wolf Woman of Mobile – Mobile, AL

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All right, Oddballs, this one is a little strange, but Mobile, AL is way cooler than the weather forecasts would lead you to believe. This melting pot of people, flavors, cultures and traditions has much to offer, both traditional and supernatural.

Have you ever heard of the wolf-woman of Mobile? Witnesses described the creature as “pretty and hairy,” and “the top half was a woman and the bottom was a wolf.” Lock your doors and bar your windows, this creature is terrifying and more woman than you can handle.

While you’re running from the wolf-woman, stop by the USS Alabama Battleship Memorial and take the self guided tour of the USS Alabama, the Korean War Memorial or the Vietnam War memorial. They have a submarine…jest sayin’.

With all that running from were-creatures and walking tours of battleships, you might work up an appetite. Might we recommend Wintzell’s Oyster House? This historic landmark on Dauphin Street in has been cooking up grub for over 75 years.

We had to wrestle bears to get the Alabama Top 5!

Alabama Monsters
The Wolf Woman of Mobile AL
Wintzell’s Oyster House
USS Alabama Battleship Memorial Park
Mobile, AL
Mobile Chamber
Bowling For Soup – Lil’ Red Riding Hood

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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.

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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
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The Legion: Ghost

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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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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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