The Illinois clubhouse is slowly thawing out, now that spring is poking its head around the corner. There may still be some blizzards in the next month or so, but we are hoping the deep freeze is over. Spring has already arrived at the Arizona clubhouse and redtail hawks fly over the daffodils and roses that are already in bloom.
Jennifer and I just returned from 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.
Next up is our Ancient Aliens trip to Mexico. This 11-day trip begins March 14 in Mexico City and we will see the huge pyramids of Teotihuacan, the ancient Toltec capital of Tula, the strange Waldemar Julsrud Museum in Acambaro, the megalithic mountaintop city of Monte Alban and much more. Check out all the details in the Events section of our webpages.
Jennifer and I had a great cruise 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. 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!
We met up with old friend and Ancient Aliens star Giorgio Tsoukalos and his wife Krix at the Ancient Mysteries Conference in Virginia Beach in early October. It was great to spend time with them, going out with our friend Don Fisher to the Abbey Road Beatles Bar and Grill in downtown Virginia Beach. We discussed a possible expedition together to Ethiopia and the megaliths at Axum. Stay tuned for possible dates on this tour/expedition with Giorgio and me.
My new book, Vimana: Flying Machines of the Ancients, has just been released. Hopefully it will be flying off bookstore shelves (pardon the pun) in the near future. Get your own copy at Adventures Unlimited Press.
A new season of the popular History Channel show Ancient Aliens is in production. It looks like 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 Press.
We are still active at the Adventures Unlimited bookstore in Cottonwood, Arizona, where we had a booksigning in September with me, Gary David and Chris O’Brien. 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. Check out the new website at: www.adventuresunlimitedbooks.com
We are still contemplating WEX trips to Tibet and Mount Kailash plus a yeti expedition—perhaps in the summer of 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 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 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.
With real estate prices starting to rise, time is of the essence for the World Explorers Club to establish clubhouses around the country. Is there a WEX clubhouse to be acquired in your town in the near future? 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 snow melts and spring flowers begin to emerge, settle back with your favorite beverage and the new issue of World Explorer!