The List

Why Waltzing Matildavan? Well, back in October of 2011, I picked up a fantastic, pimped out conversion van. Apparently, the van’s name is Matilda. We’re currently on a magical journey throughout the US, stopping and experiencing the parts that I’ve always wanted to see – as well as the parts that others have stridently recommended.

So far the list is as thus:

Cryptids of interest

Goatman, MD
Flatwoods Monster – Braxton County, WV
Mothman – Point Pleasant, WV
Jersey Devil – south NJ
Dover Demon – Dover, MA

Places of interest

Places I’ve either visited already (crossed out) or missed and hope to get back to (italics):

The Devil’s Tree – Bernards Township, NJ
Jersey Devil – south NJ
Carlisle Indian Industrial School – Carlisle, Pennsylvania (didn’t have time)
Broney’s Hotel – Lehighton, PA (couldn’t find it)
The Devil’s Den – Gettysburg, PA (didn’t have time)
Eastern State Penitentiary – Philadelphia, PA (didn’t have time)
Payne Chapel Memorial Baptist Church, Quito, MI – Robert Johnson’s grave  (didn’t have time)
LaLaurie Mansion – New Orleans, LA (since it’s a private residence, the public isn’t granted access into the LaLaurie mansion, but did take a tour where we heard the most appalling things)
Myrtles Plantation – St. Francisville, LA   3.11.12
The Fountain of Youth – St. Augustine, FL 3.10.12
Saint Augustine Lighthouse – St. Augustine, FL 3.10.12
Florida Caverns State Park – Marianna, FL 3.10.12
Captain Tony’s Saloon, Key West, FL 2.18.12
Rouse Road Cemetery – 3.2.12
Big Tree Park Orlando 3.2.12
Big Tree Park Longwood, FL 3.2.12 (the site with the 3,500 year old cypress that was recently burned down)
Kennedy Space Center

Cape Canaveral – 3.3.12
Legoland – 3.4.12
Coral Castle, FL 2.25.12
Tamiami Trail, FL 2.19.12
Hamilton Pool Nature Preserve – Travis County, TX 1.21.12
Natural Bridge Caverns – San Antonio, TX 1.21.12
Inner Space Cavern – Georgetown, TX 1.20.12
Wonder World Park San Marcos, TX 1.21.12
Cadillac Ranch – Amarillo, TX
Grassy Knoll, Dallas, TX – well, again. I went once YEARS ago.
Rusk State Hospital – Rusk, TX
Charter Behavioral Health – San Antonio, TX
Cascade Caverns – Boerne, TX
Albuquerque, NM
Bandera Volcano and Ice Cave

NRAO Very Large Array – Socorro, NM
Petroglyph National Monument – Albuquerque, NM
Bandelier National Monument – Los Alamos, NM
Chaco Culture National Historic Park – Nageezi, NM
Roswell, NM
White Sands, NM
Rio Grande Gorge Bridge, Taos, NM

Taos Pueblo, NM
Cimmaron Canyon State Park, NM
St. James Hotel in Cimmaron, NM
Spaceport America- Las Cruces, NM
Capulin Volcano National Monument, NM
Cave of the Winds – Colorado Springs, CO
Denver, CO
Stanley Hotel – Estes Park, CO
Rocky Mountain National Park – CO
Area 51, NV
Mesa Verde National Park, CO
Red Rocks – Colorado Springs, CO
Manitou Cliff Dwellings – Colorado Springs, CO
Clown Motel – Tonopah, NV
Las Vegas, NV

The rest of the places I want to visit, so far (I do keep updating this list as I get suggestions…):

Esalen – Big Sur, CA
Brookdale Lodge, Brookdale, CA
Winchester Mansion – San Jose, CA
Chambers Mansion – San Fransisco, CA
Redwood State Park, CA
Muir Woods – Mill Valley, CA
Yosemite National Park, CA
Alcatraz – San Francisco, CA
Lassen Volcanic National Park, CA
Mount Shasta, CA (Vortex)
Crater Lake National Park – Klamath, OR (Vortex)
Willamette National Forest – Eugene, OR
Sea Lion Caves – Florence, OR
Tillamook Rainforest, Tillamook, OR
Thor’s Well – Lincoln, OR
Silver Falls State Park, OR
Multnomah Falls – Corbett, OR
Shanghai Tunnels – Portland, OR
Powell’s Books – Portland, OR
Mt. Hood / Columbia River Gorge, OR
John Day Fossil Beds National Monument, OR
Nehalem Bay State Park – Nehalem, OR
52nd Annual Scandinavian festival – Junction City, OR – August 9th – 12th
Mount Saint Helens – Skamania County, WA
Columbia River Gorge – Skamania, WA
Snoqualmie Falls, WA
Puget Sound, WA
Mount Rainier, WA
Olympic National Park, WA
San Juan Islands, WA
Grand Coulee Dam, WA
Lake Chelan – Chelan, WA
Lake PendOrellie, ID
Queen Mary – Long Beach, CA
Los Feliz Murder Mansion – Los Angeles, CA
Whaley House – San Diego, CA
Southern Utah’s canyonlands
Salt Lake, UT
Ted Bundy house -115 Burr’s Lane – Salt Lake City, UT
Grand Canyon, AZ (and Grand Canyon Caverns)
Havasu Falls – Coconino, AZ
Cosanti – Paradise Valley, AZ (
Painted Desert, AZ
Meteor Crator – Winslow, AZ
Petrified Forest National Park, AZ
Antelope Canyon, AZ
Sedona Vortex, AZ
Sturgis Bike Rally – Sturgis, SD
Mount Rushmore – Keystone, SD
Congelier Mansion – Pittsburgh, PA
Athens Lunatic Asylum – Athens, OH
Mansfield Reformatory – Mansfield, OH
Columbus, OH
The Hannah House – Indianapolis, IN
The Old Central State Hospital – Indianapolis, IN
Bluespring Caverns – Bedford, IN
Marengo Cave – Marengo, IN
Squire Boone Caverns – Mauckport, IN
Cahokia Mounds State Historic Site – Collinsville, IL
Minneapolis, MN (going to hit the great lakes)
Badlands National Park, SD
Black Hills National Forest, SD
Devil’s Tower – Crook, WY
Yellowstone National Park, WY

House on the Rock – Spring Green, WI
Lizzie Borden’s House – Fall River, MA
Joshua Ward House – Salem, MA
Union Cemetery – Easton, CT
Lily Dale, NY
Centralia, PA
West Virginia Penitentiary – Moundsville, WV
Bachelor’s Grove Cemetery – Midlothian, IL
John Wayne Gacy’s house – 8213 West Summerdale Ave, Chicago, IL
The Hampton Lillibridge House – Savannah, GA
Waverly Hills Sanatorium – Louisville, KY
Graceland – TN
Bell Witch Cave – Adams, TN
Lemp Mansion – St. Louis, MI

The list will grow as I travel, I’m sure – and as friends recommend places for me to visit.  All experiences, no matter how extreme or strange, will be written about in as much detail as I can stomach.

Have a suggestion? Please – tell me! 🙂

International places that I really want to visit:

Poveglia Island – the Venetian Island of the Dead
Nuorilang Waterfall – Jiuzhaigou, Aba, Sichuan, China
Plitvice Lakes National Park – Croatia
Mangroves National Park, Boma, Congo Central, Democratic Republic of the Congo
Seau d’Eau waterfall – Haiti
The Sedlec Ossuary – Czech Republic
French Catacombs
Tower of London
Silbury Hill
Chanctonbury Ring
the White Horse
Cueva de los Cristales – Delicias, Mexico
Ankgor Wat – Angkor, Cambodia
Choeung Ek, Cambodia – the Killing Fields of the Khmer Rouge
Auschwitz I, Auschwitz II-Birkenau and Auschwitz III-Monowitz – Oświęcim, Poland
Dachau, Germany
Treblinka – Poland
Rumonge, Nyanza-Lac and Bujumbura – Rwanda
Nanjing – Jiangsu province, China
Lourdes, France (Marian apparition site)
Our Lady of Fátima (Marian apparition site) – Fátima, Portugal
Our Lady of the Pillar (Marian apparition site) – Zaragoza, Spain
Our Lady of Walsingham (Marian apparition site) – Walsingham, England
Our Lady of the Rosary (Marian apparition site) – Prouille, France
Our Lady of Guadalupe (Marian apparition site) – Tepeyac, Mexico
Our Lady of Laus (Marian apparition site) – Saint-Étienne-le-Laus, France
Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal (Marian Apparition site) – convent in Rue Du Bac, Paris
Our Lady of Pontmain (Marian Apparition site) – Pontmain, France
Srebrenica, Bosnia
Istanbul, Turkey
Dersim – Turkish Kurdistan
Hue City, Vietnam
Dhaka, Bangladesh
Bioko – island off the cost of Cameroon, Africa
site of the Sabra and Shatila Palestinian refugee camps in Beirut, Lebanon
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Sud Kivu – Democratic Republic of the Congo


2 thoughts on “The List

    • DEFINITELY hittin’ Congo Square. Need some dirt? Imma collect some. 🙂 I’m also going to collect water and soil from the levees, Lake Ponchartrain and some of the swamps and bayous ’round NOLA 🙂

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