The Illinois clubhouse lawn is green and covered with flowers and mushrooms after the bountiful summer rains. We had our Ancient Aliens Conference on June 14 and Kempton was packed with visitors from as far away as Texas and Arizona. The summer heat is in full blast at the Arizona clubhouse, but the grapes and roses are being well watered. We are hoping the annual monsoon rains will come early this year, hopefully by mid-July.
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:
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. Watch for a full article on Nan Madol in the upcoming issue of World Explorer.
In January, Jennifer and I took a great cruise organized by holiday planner Mike Migliori, with Hugh Newman of Megalithomania, geologist/author Robert Schoch and author-radio host Micah Hanks. The ship was the Liberty of the Seas and we visited the Mayan ruins of Tulum, set dramatically on cliffs above the Caribbean. The group that signed on for the cruise came from very diverse backgrounds, which made for some great dinner conversations at the grand dining room tables.
The History Channel has ordered another season of the popular show Ancient Aliens. Rock on! I will be meeting up with Giorgio Tsoukalos and the Ancient Aliens crew in Peru in mid-July to shoot part of an episode at Paracas and Nazca. You can buy the Ancient Aliens DVD sets from Adventures Unlimited (adventuresunlimitedpress.com). Collect them all!
The Adventures Unlimited bookstore in Cottonwood, Arizona, is still going strong. We had a book signing on April 5 featuring me (my new book Vimana: Flying Machines of the Ancients, has been selling well–get your own copy at Adventures Unlimited Press) and Chris O’Brien, whose new book on the cattle mutilation mystery, Stalking the Herd, is now available and charting very well at Amazon.com. Keep checking our webpages and drop in at 1020 N. Main Street when you are in the Sedona-Cottonwood-Jerome area. Give them a call at: 928-639-1664. Sorry, they are 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 the first of the fireflies begin to light up the yards and fields of the Midwest, kick back with an ice cold drink and enjoy the new issue of World Explorer!