The Illinois clubhouse is currently surrounded by vast fields of corn and soybeans, burgeoning because of the bountiful rains throughout the summer. The Arizona clubhouse has seen some torrential rains during the August monsoon and there was even severe flooding on the Interstate going south to Phoenix. The Arizona clubhouse has just acquired a Ripley’s Believe It or Not pinball game to go along with the pool table and other pinball machines. I have always loved Ripley’s Believe It or Not cartoons and museums and the pinball game was a must-have for the clubhouse. It was found in Orange, CT, where it was being refurbished.
In July I went to Paracas and Nazca along the southern Peruvian coast to be with Giorgio Tsoukalos and the crew of his new television show on The History Channel called In Search of Aliens. We flew over the Nazca lines and viewed the fascinating Mandala etched onto a hill in another valley called Palpa. We checked out the conehead skulls in Paracas as well, and the strange “band of holes” mentioned in one of Erich von Daniken’s books (literally a line of strange holes in the desert hills, best seen from the air). The team had a cool drone with a camera that was able to capture some amazing footage. Look for Giorgio’s new show on Friday nights!
The next WEX trip will be a two-week expedition: The Megalithic Ethiopia and Ancient Kingdom Tour from October 19 to November 2, 2014. The Queen of Sheba hailed from this richly historic land, and an ancient Ark of the Covenant has been closely guarded here through the ages. We depart from the USA or Canada for Frankfurt and then fly to Addis Ababa via Saudi Arabia. It will be an exciting trip and we are looking forward to it! See the details here:
Our first expedition in 2015 is an exciting 10-Day trip to Colombia, February 6th-15th. Join David Hatcher Childress and Jennifer Bolm for a comprehensive trip through the ancient sites of Colombia. We see the gold airplanes, the megaliths of San Agustin and the amazing colonial cities of Cartagena and Medellin.
We had our Ancient Aliens Conference on June 14 and Kempton was packed with visitors from as far away as Texas and Arizona. Featured speakers were me, Chris O’Brien, John Brandenburg and Chris Hardy who flew in from France; Chris Dunn made a surprise appearance at the after party! A good time was had by all.
Jennifer and I took a two-week trip via Korea to Cambodia in May. We flew into the town of Siem Reap in the northern part of the country, visited a number of fantastic temples like Angkor Wat and took a boat ride through the jungle, among other adventures. The Cambodian people were wonderful. Look for an article in a future issue of World Explorer.
Jennifer and I also took a whirlwind road trip in April through beautiful Zion National Park in southern Utah. We visited the Little A’Le’Inn in Rachel, Nevada, on the Extraterrestrial Highway, the only watering hole for miles. Whenever you’re in the “Area,” stop by to stock up on a good selection of Adventures Unlimited books and DVDs, not to mention alien mouse pads, shot glasses and wine!
Our Ancient Aliens trip to Mexico in March was a great time. It began in Mexico City where we saw the huge pyramids of Teotihuacan, and went on to the ancient Toltec capital of Tula, and the strange Waldemar Julsrud Museum in Acambaro. Our small group really enjoyed the delightful town of Queretaro, where we stayed in an atmospheric converted convent and met up with (now-local) WEX member Steve Garcia. We then went to Oaxaca in southern Mexico to visit the megalithic mountaintop city of Monte Alban, the (seemingly) Mediterranean-influenced complex of Mitla, and more. It was a great group and fun trip! Check out the AUP book Mystery in Acambaro by Charles Hapgood.
Jennifer and I took a two-week trip in February to the mysterious Micronesian island of Pohnpei. We were met by WEX member Lee Sullivan on the island, and together we hired a boat and went snorkeling at the gigantic basalt ruins of Nan Madol. We found out new information on this enigmatic site and got lots of great new photos, including some of the massive blocks that are under water. See the article in WEX Vol. 7, No. 1.
The Adventures Unlimited bookstore in Cottonwood, Arizona, is still going strong. The Thunder Valley Rally will be held in Old Town in late September, and our employee Jeri (a.k.a. Siren) has made the Final Five in the Miss TVR contest. Keep fingers crossed, and keep checking the bookstore’s webpages. Drop in at 1020 N. Main Street when you are in the Sedona-Cottonwood-Jerome area, or give the staff a call at: 928-639-1664. Sorry, the store is closed on Sundays.
We are still thinking of WEX trips to Tibet and Mount Kailash plus a yeti expedition—perhaps later in 2014. Keep checking the webpages, or book a trip there with Adventure Pilgrims Trekking in Kathmandu. You could experience the mysterious temples of Kathmandu and the majestic heights of the high Himal. Govinda, at the WEX Club offices in the tourist-friendly Thamel neighborhood, can help plan every aspect of your visit. Check out the latest adventure travel news and expeditions offered by Adventure Pilgrims Trekking, or give them a call at: 977-975-107-7190. Get our popular WEX Kathmandu T-shirt from the Wexmart pages Get our popular WEX Kathmandu T-shirt from the Wexmart pages at www.wexclub.com.
The Frontier Bookshop in Amsterdam is near Anne Frank’s House, located on a canal just north of the Westerkirk. It is located in the trendy Jordaan neighborhood, full of popular cafes and one-of-a-kind shops selling unique merchandise and art. The address is Leliegracht 42, 1015 DH Amsterdam. Tel: (+34) 020-3309151. Visit the website at: www.frontierbookshop.nl.
As always, keep a keen eye out for possible World Explorers Club future establishments—is your future entwined with spreading the fun of discovering the mysteries of our fabulous world? Is there a WEX clubhouse to be acquired in your town? Be sure to contact us with any ideas about starting a retail outlet or clubhouse!
Also, send in your classified ad; remember up to 25 words are free for WEX members. We are always looking for stories or news clippings, so send those in, too! I recently got my own web domain and you can check it out here: www.DavidHatcherChildress.com.
So, as you plan your end-of-summer barbecue, relax in a hammock in the shade and enjoy the new issue of World Explorer!