The Illinois clubhouse is finally thawing out after a one of the worst winters on record. After snow piled up to the windows and mammoth icicles dripping from the eaves, the sight of returning migrating birds such as robins, finches and cardinals in the trees outside the libraries and guest rooms is most welcome. Around the Arizona clubhouse, the hyacinths and daffodils are already through blooming, replaced by irises, roses and lilacs now in their spring glory. We took a challenging four-wheel drive through the area of Bumblebee and Cleator, at the northern boundary of the Sonoran desert, and saw that the prickly pear and hedgehog cactus are in bloom, too. The saguaro will follow in a few weeks.
Jennifer and I just returned from a whirlwind trip through beautiful Zion National Park in southern Utah, and on to the Extraterrestrial Highway that leads to Area 51. We visited the Little A’Le’Inn in Rachel, Nevada, 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 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!
Also coming up is the Ancient Aliens Conference in Kempton on Saturday, June 14. The conference will begin with a wine and cheese party at the Adventures Unlimited Bookstore in Kempton, Illinois on Friday night (June 13). Saturday presentations will be given by me, Christopher O’Brien, John Brandenburg and more. A buffet lunch is included in the ticket price of $80 (until May 12, $90 thereafter). The bookstore will also be open on Sunday for browsing and book signings. To reserve a place call the WEX Hotline at: 1-815-253-9000 or signup online.
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 an 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. There should be some more cruises in the future, so check the website at www.ancientaliencruise.com for further details.
We returned in November from a tour of the megalithic cities of Cuzco, Sacsayhuaman, Ollantaytambo, Machu Picchu, Puma Punku and Tiwanaku. This trip was organized by Megalithomania’s Hugh Newman and Peru WEX Manager Brien Foerster, who also runs Hidden Incas Tours. Jennifer and I tacked on a few days at the end to go to the spectacular Uyuni Salt Flats the size of Maine!
The new season of the popular History Channel show Ancient Aliens is airing now. It looks certain there will be a seventh season of the show which will begin filming later this year. Rock on! You can buy the Ancient Aliens DVD sets from Adventures Unlimited. As noted in previous Goings On columns, we met up with old friend and Ancient Aliens star Giorgio Tsoukalos and his wife Krix at the Ancient Mysteries Conference in Virginia Beach last October. We are still contemplating a possible expedition together to Ethiopia and the megaliths at Axum. Stay tuned for possible dates on this tour/expedition with Giorgio and me.
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 four blood moons to occur in the next year begins to rise and await the Earth’s shadow, kick back with a Bloody Mary and enjoy the new issue of World Explorer!