Wild Travels

The Emmy-winning Wild Travels goes off the beaten track to celebrate America's unusual festivals, offbeat museums and eccentric characters.

Host Will Clinger spotlights some of the nation's most colorful, unconventional and quirky people and places while sampling a few of the 5,000 condiments at the National Mustard Museum, unearthing the lost Egyptian city from Cecil B. DeMille's classic "Ten Commandments" beneath the sand dunes on the California coast; and stares in amazement at the largest airplane ever built — Howard Hughes' "Spruce Goose" — on display in McMinnville, Oregon.

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Will Clinger

Will Clinger

Wild Travels host Will Clinger has worked as an actor, producer, writer and TV show host and has appeared on various stages and screens for more than 20 years.

Episode #101 · Host Will Clinger finds an abundance of lactose-tolerance at Cheese Days in Monroe, Wisconsin; treads very carefully at the world's largest Rattlesnake Roundup in Sweetwater, Texas; investigates America's last remaining Barber Pole Factory in St. Paul; learns the challenges of living on a 727 jetliner in Hillsboro, Oregon; samples some of the more than five thousand condiments at the National Mustard Museum; and visits the ultimate Roadside Attraction: Rock In the House (not to be confused with House on the Rock) in Fountain City, Wisconsin. Cheese Days (Monroe, WI); Rock In The House [Not House On The Rock] (Fountain City, WI); Rattlesnake Roundup (Sweetwater, TX); Marvy Barber Pole Company (St. Paul, MN); World's Largest Six-Pack (Lacrosse, WI); Home In a 727 Jet (Hillsboro, OR); Mustard Museum (Middleton, WI).

Episode #102 · In Las Vegas, host Will Clinger pays homage to the iconic signs of yesteryear at the Neon Boneyard, and then witnesses a miracle cure at Hangover Heaven; proceeds to Los Angeles to sample the potions, hexes and voodoo dolls at Farmacia Botanica; browses the rockets and sprockets at Sparta, Wisconsin's Deke Slayton Space & Bicycle Museum, then joins the revved up crowd at America's largest Art Car Parade in Houston. Art Car Party & Parade (Houston, TX); Farmacia Botanica (Los Angeles, CA); Angels Flight Funicular (Los Angeles, CA); Neon Boneyard (Las Vegas); Hangover Doctor (Las Vegas); Deke Slayton Space & Bicycle Museum (Sparta, WI).

Episode #103 · Host Will Clinger stares in amazement at the largest airplane ever built - Howard Hughes' "Spruce Goose" on display in McMinnville, Oregon; witnesses some strange things indeed at Portland's Peculiarium; marvels at Marv's incredible collection of Farm Toys in Wisconsin; admires the aluminum siding at Houston's Beer Can House and then pulls over for gas station memorabilia at Classical Gas in Embudo, New Mexico. Fill 'er up! Spruce Goose (McMinnville, OR); Peculiarium (Portland, OR); Beer Can House (Houston, TX); Classical Gas Station (Embudo, NM); Marv's Farm Toys & Antiques (Monroe, WI); Evergreen Aviation (McMinnville, OR).

Episode #104 · Host Will Clinger returns to Sin City for an explosive tour of the National Atomic Testing Museum, and plays classic machines at Las Vegas' Pinball Hall of Fame; watches a parade that doesn't move an inch in Whalan, Minnesota; goes souvenir hunting at the Los Angeles Coroner's Gift Shop; then follows his nose to Baumgartrner's Cheese Shop in Monroe, Wisconsin for limburger sandwiches and finds out why all that cash is stashed on the ceiling. Stand Still Parade (Whalan, MN); Atomic Testing Museum (Las Vegas); Golden Gate Casino Shrimp Cocktail (Las Vegas); Chicken Boy (Los Angeles); Coroner's Gift Shop (Los Angeles); Baumgartner's Limburger Sandwiches (Monroe, WI); Pinball Hall Of Fame (Las Vegas).

Episode #105 · Host Will Clinger offers his condolences at Houston's Museum of Funeral Customs; celebrates the weird and wonderful world of sculptor Dr. Evermor near Baraboo, Wisconsin; craves the collection of half-eaten celebrity sandwiches in the Land of Lincoln; discovers who Ed was and why Wykoff, Minnesota gave him his own museum; and drops in on a Portland, Oregon donut shop to play witness at a VooDoo Wedding. Ed Museum (Wykoff, MN); Ed Paschke Art Gallery (Chicago, IL); Strange Springfield--Donner Party Starting Point, Gen Santa Anna's Prosthetic Leg, Half-Eaten Celebrity Sandwiches, Two-Story Outhouse (Springfield, IL); Funeral Museum (Houston, TX); Dennis Hopper's Grave (Taos, NM); The Amazing World of Dr. Evermor (North Freedom, WI); Voodoo Donuts Wedding (Portland, OR).

Episode #106 · Host Will Clinger looks on with envy at the World Beard & Mustache Championship in Portland, then quenches his thirst at nearby Belmont Station beer store boasting some bizarre brews; unearths the Lost Egyptian city from Cecil B. DeMille's classic "Ten Commandments" beneath the sand dunes on the California coast; visits the elephant seals for their siesta in San Simeon, and explores a lively Los Angeles museum devoted solely to Death. Beard & Mustache World Championship Preliminaries (Portland, OR); Salt & Straw Ice Cream (Portland, OR); Museum Of Death (Los Angeles); Elephant Seal Siesta (San Simeon, CA); Buried Egyptian Movie Set from 1923 "The Ten Commandments" (Guadalupe, CA); Beard & Mustache World Championship Finals (Portland, OR).

Episode #201 · Host Will Clinger finds himself in the middle of an ice cream-related catastrophe at the Ben & Jerry's Factory in Waterbury, Vermont; mingles with the mermaids at the underwater show in Weeki Wachee, Florida; achieves speeds of up to 5 miles per hour on the world's first cog wheel train to the summit of Mt. Washington, New Hampshire; and then marvels at the Bug Art portraits made entirely from thousands of insects at a museum in St. Johnsbury, Vermont.

Episode #202 · Host Will Clinger tries and fails to ride an alligator at Orlando's Gatorland; drops in on the only used car dealership with a priceless collection of Muhammad Ali memorabilia in New Hampshire; dabbles in the paranormal at the abandoned and haunted West Virginia State Penitentiary; and then meets an outrageous artist who is creating a psychedelic city block in Pittsburgh known as "Randyland."

Episode #203 · Host Will Clinger learns the hazards and rewards of professional Golf Ball Diving in Kissimmee; considers defecting to a foreign country at a library that sits smack dab on the U.S. - Canadian border; discovers a Hari Krishna commune with an incredible "Palace of Gold" in the hills of West Virginia; and then catches his breath in Donora, Pennsylvania at the world's only "Smog Museum."

Episode #204 · Host Will Clinger gets righteously hammered at a Pittsburgh church converted into a microbrewery; solves forensic puzzles while observing the Nutshell Dioramas of Unexplained Death in Baltimore; samples the "Kitty Piddle," "Monster Mucus," and "Bacon" flavors from among the 700 carbonated beverages at Pops 66 Soda Ranch near Oklahoma City; and then covers his ears as the engines roar at Orlando Speedway's Test 'n Tune Night.

Episode #205 · Host Will Clinger prays that his car won't stall at the Drive-in Church in Daytona Beach; smokes a stogie that's just been rolled at Tampa's Tabanero Cigar Factory; keeps his clothes on for a tour of the Cypress Cove Nudist Colony* in Orlando; and joins the proud townsfolk in Fruita, Colorado as they celebrate an historic barnyard accident at the Mike the Headless Chicken Festival.

Episode #206 · Host Will Clinger tries on the "Shoe Panties" and admires the "Flip 'N Flush" and other wacky inventions at a trade show in Pittsburgh; avoids becoming tiger food at the Big Cat Sanctuary in Tampa; ventures to Vermont to see art created and captured from Spider Webs; and then stumbles upon the Museum of Everyday Life in Glover, Vermont and its special exhibit on...dust!