133 – Curse of the Petrified Forest – Petrified Forest, AZ

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Do you know about the curse of the petrified forest in Petrified Forest Arizona? On episode 133 of the Travel Oddities Podcast, Harley and Brett brave the desert for a return to one of the building blocks of the Travel Oddities concept.

Harley uses his feels to help you understand the glorious nature of this beautiful place.

If you are into hiking and adventures, this national park will keep you busy. There are newly opened areas and all sorts of new ways to experience the beauty of the painted desert.

If you are into spooky curses, this park has you covered as well. The curse of the Petrified Forest has been reported regularly for almost a hundred years, but don’t worry, its easy to avoid…just don’t take anything from the forest.

What is the source of the curse?

Is Brett an unknowing victim of the curse?

If you don’t want anything to do with all of this curse business, but you do want a souvenir, then we have a suggestion for you: check out the Painted Desert Indian Center in Holbrook, AZ. From giant dinosaur statues to tiny Kachina dolls, this place has everything the road weary traveler needs to prove that they made the trip.

If you just need some grub, then you are going to have to check out Fat Olives in Flagstaff, AZ. Ingredients imported from Italy, this place makes an authentic Naples style pizza that will make you want to kick little cesar in the jimmy.

Brett and Harley are also slated for their very first speaking engagement at the Haunted Bourbon event in November….stay tuned.

Stories of the Petrified Forest

Background of the Curse of the Petrified Forest

Curse News

Petrified Forest Park

Painted Desert Indian Center

Fat Olives

Haunted Bourbon

Outro Music

Outro Band

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118 – The Museum of Natural History – Phoenix, AZ

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On this week’s episode, Harley and Brett have to brave the heat to explore a beautiful desert city, Phoenix, AZ.

Phoenix is a thriving desert metropolis, the fifth most populous city in the country and is steeped in Native history.

We have a great talk with Katie Mullaly and J. Patrick Ohlde about The Museum of Natural History in Phoenix. Katie and Patrick are prolific Paranormal Authors and Investigators.

What is Sensory Replication and how does it apply to the field of the paranormal?

Does the museum come to life at night?

Why would a demon be stuck in a nightstand?

Who were the Hohokam people? Where did they go? Should we do a full show?

If you are tired of chasing ghosts through priceless historical artifacts, may we suggest Curious Nature? This is a science and natural history emporium with an emphasis on the strange and fantastical….ohhh and you can buy creepy taxidermy stuff.

Chino Bandido Takee Outee may have the strangest coolest menu ever. #travelodditiesapproved

The Top 5 may contain the secret to enlightenment or we could just be Rick-Rollin’ you.

Arizona Museum of Natural History
J. Patrick Ohlde
Katie Mullaly
Phoenix AZ
Visit Phoenix
Curious Nature Shop
Chino Bandido
Outro Music

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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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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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