The August monsoons have hit Arizona and several pounding rainstorms have attempted to flood the Cottonwood WEX Club. The Illinois clubhouse is in the steamy mess of millions of corn and soybean plants. Hopefully, harvest time will come soon.
Had a great time down under in July doing a conference tour with Erich von Daniken and Nexus Magazine. We flew into Melbourne and kicked off the tour with rollicking crowd. It was great to see Erich’s fascinating presentation with lots of good video and graphics. Jennifer, Erich’s assistant Ramon, plus Erich and I flew on to a gig in Sydney and then to one in Brisbane. Finally, we ended up at the Novotel Resort on the Sunshine Coast for the 3-day Nexus conference. WEX member and AUP author Karen Mutton was there as was old friend Robert Lawlor and others. Check out the final results at: www.ancientastronautstour.com.
We had a great crowd at the June 20 Open House at the Kempton bookstore. Christopher Dunn made an appearance, and so did plenty of old WEX friends, including John Feiertag from Ohio and Daniel Rigney from Texas. Many of us had dinner at Tom’s Tavern across the street and then played billiards and darts at the clubhouse.
Our next big WEX expedition being advertised is our 11-day expedition to Antarctica starting Dec. 1 in Buenos Aires and then flying to Ushuaia, the southernmost city in the world. From there we embark on the Silver Explorer double-hulled exploration ship on Dec. 2 until we return on to Dec. 12, 2016. We spend five full days in Antarctica and have all meals and drinks included in the package. We will have a UFO watch nightly for those interested. This might be the time to cross Antarctica off your bucket list! Check out the 2-page ad in the new issue and go to the special webpages at: www.wexclubcruises.com.
I am speaking on September 9 at the Phoenix Mufon meeting. I spoke there a few years ago and it was fun—it is a super group, very active and involved. Check it out at their website: www.phoenixmufon.com
Then I will be a featured speaker at Travis Walton’s Skyfire Summit in Heber, Arizona that runs from November 6 to 8. Travis is a great guy and it should be an exciting conference. Check it out at: www.skyfiresummit.com
Shortly after that, on November 13 and 14, I will be speaking with John van Auken and James Tyberonn at an Edgar Cayce/A.R.E. conference in Vacaville, California. The conference is entitled “Light From the Distant Past: Ancient Insights Revealed for Today.” It should be a good time in the forests of northern California, check out more at: www.edgarcayce.org/USA/calendar
In December, I will be speaking at the Brazilian UFO conference starting December 3 at Iguazu Falls. This is a three-day event with a selection of Brazilian and foreign speakers. Check it out at: http://www.contatados.com.br
Jennifer and I flew in March to Mazatlan on Mexico’s Pacific coast and then took a bus to Tepic where we met up with WEX member Steve Garcia. We visited the island town of Mexcaltitan, where local legends claim the Aztecs originally came from, and from where they began their famous trek in search of a new homeland. We took an overnight ferry to the Southern Baja and then drove around that vast desert expanse for about a week.
In February we had our expedition to Colombia. Our group met in Bogota and the first day we visited the magnificent Gold Museum with the famous gold airplanes. We flew to the picturesque coastal colonial city of Cartagena and then returned to Bogota where we hired a bus to take us west through the mountains to the megalithic ruins and bizarre stone statues at San Agustin. From there we went over the Andes Mountains to the old colonial town of Popayan and then to the strange underground tombs of Tierradentro. It was an exciting trip and a wonderful time was had by all.
The Adventures Unlimited bookstore in Cottonwood, Arizona, is still going strongand now has its own facebook page. Gotta Like it! We had a great booksigning with a packed store on April 11. Keep checking for the latest news on facebook at the bookstore’s web pages, www.adventuresunlimitedbooks.com. 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.
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.
Sadly, a 7.8 earthquake rocked Kathmandu on April 25 and many lives were lost and historic (and newer) buildings destroyed. Fortunately, our Nepalese friend and WEX Manager Govinda Panta and his family were unhurt, but their house and the building that housed Adventure Pilgrims Trekking in Thamel were destroyed. A friend has set up a gofundme campaign for Govinda to help restore shelter for his family and a place to do business. Click here if you can help out http://gofundme.com/t3gk9c4. Nepal has a tremendous amount of rebuilding to do, but Govinda can still help with any travel or trekking arrangements if you are going to Kathmandu and Nepal. Check out the latest news and expeditions offered by Govinda and Adventure Pilgrims Trekking at www.trekinepal.com or give them a call at: 977-975-107-7190. Get our popular WEX Kathmandu T-shirt from the Wexmart pages at wexclub.com
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, sit up on the tailgate of your truck with a cold drink in your hand and enjoy the new issue of World Explorer!
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