Goings On Around the Clubhouse

Spring has finally come to the Kempton Clubhouse, though it was hit hard by the polar vortex in Jaunary and the frozen world outside was colder than Antarctica for several days. The Arizona clubhouse continues to have warm days and chilly nights. Lots of clouds and storms move through every few days, making the sunsets full of drama and plays of light. Daffodils and other flowers are springing up among the cactus and the road runners breeze through the vast back yard in search of insects and small lizards to eat.

We had a great trip to Peru, with our group flying to Lima and then on to Cuzco, Ollantaytambo, Machu Picchu, and Puno. We visited the remote Espinar area between Cuzco and Lake Titicaca and went to some spots rarely seen by tourists. We ended the trip in Puno where we visited the various megalithic towers. Check out future trips at the events pages. https://wexclub.com/events

Coming up this year are several conferences that I will be attending. The first is Contact in the Desert in Indian Wells, California from May 31 to June 3. You can check that conference out here: https://contactinthedesert.com

Then there will an AlienCon convention in Los Angeles from June 21 to 23. I had a good time at the AlienCon 2018 in Baltimore, Maryland in November. See more details about the event in Los Angeles, including ticket information and other attendees, at: http://www.thealiencon.com

I will then be attending the Awakening UFO and Consciousness Expo in Manchester, England on July 19 and 20. Mike Bara, Richard Dolan, Linda Mouton Howe and others will be there as well. Check it out at: https://awakeningufo.com

I am signed up to speak at the Phoenix UFO Conference in September and the A.R.E.’s October conference.

We had a great WEX trip to Paris, Brittany, and Ireland in September. We flew to Paris and then went by bus to Mont St. Michel on the western Normandy coast. From there we drove to the town of Quiberon in Brittany and explored the many dolmens and standing stones in the area. We were fortunate enough to have local megalith expert Howard Crowhurst join us for a day, and also had knowledgeable friends Hugh Newman and Kate Masters with us. We visited Chartres Cathedral on the way back to Paris and then flew to Dublin in Ireland where we visited Newgrange, a round tower and the Hill of Tara. We had really good weather in both France and Ireland and the whole group had a great time!

After discussing the Antarctica trip with Mike Migliore of Holiday Maker Travel, the agency running the Wex Club cruises, we have decided to put off the cruise to Antarctica until December of 2020. Mike tells me that Hurtigruten Cruises has a brand new expedition ship for Antarctica and we can be one of the first groups to use this ship. Good friend Giorgio Tsoukalos he has agreed to participate in our 11-day expedition and the whole group will fly to Buenos Aires, Argentina and then fly to Ushuaia in Tierra del Fuego, the southernmost city in the world.

From there we will embark on a double-hulled exploration ship and spend five full days in Antarctica with lots of shore excursions. All excursions, meals and drinks are included in the package. Lots of special presentations will be given by me, Giorgio and others on this cruise. Contact Mike for questions on the ship at the wexclubcruises website. This might be the time to cross Antarctica off your bucket list!

We are also looking into a shorter, cheaper cruise out of Seattle to Glacier Bay and the Alaskan Coast.

Let us know if you are interested in that cruise as well. Check out the Antarctic Cruise on the web pages at: www.wexclubcruises.com

My latest book, Bigfoot Nation, was released last year. It covers the history of bigfoot and sasquatch in North America from the early 1800s right up to 2018! Packed with illustrations, this is the ultimate history of the giant hairy critter. I am working on my new book on obelisks, to be released soon.

Adventures Unlimited and the World Explorers Club now have a YouTube channel. It has lots of fascinating documentaries, lectures, Indiana Jones-type movies, and other videos, and it is free to become a subscriber. Check it out here and start watching today: http://bit.ly/aumtube

The WEX clubhouses and affiliated bookstores usually have a pinball machine or two in them and our latest web pages are meant to bring pinball enthusiasts, buyers and sellers together. Have a look at the top-40 pinball list and other pages at www.pinballtrader.us

Check out the Retro Drive-In website with its movie posters, trailers and more. A good way to spend a Saturday afternoon if you are not going to a drive-in that night! There are links from this page to free movies you can watch online. You can check it out at www.retrodrive-in.com

Our affiliated bookstore, the Nexus Bookstore at 10 Coral Street in Maleny, Queensland, Australia is doing well. They have a full range of Adventures Unlimited books and other products. Visit them when you are in the area! The Adventures Unlimited office in Kempton is also the USA office for Nexus magazine. Get a subscription today! Have a look at the magazine and bookstore at: www.nexusmagazine.com

The Adventures Unlimited bookstore in historic Old Town Cottonwood, Arizona continues to do well and has its own Facebook page. Keep checking for the latest news on Facebook or at the bookstore’s web pages (www.adventuresunlimitedbooks.com). The store is at 1020 N. Main Street so drop by whenever you are in the Sedona-Cottonwood-Jerome area, or give the staff a call at: 928-639-1664.

WEX Manager Govinda Panta continues to operate his travel business in Thamel, the tourist district of Kathmandu. Help infuse some tourist dollars into the economy, and go when convenient for you. Govinda can make trekking arrangements and any other travel plans. Find out about 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 www.wexclub.com.

As always, keep a keen eye out for possible World Explorers Club future establishments—are you destined to help spread 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 also have my own web domain and you can check it out here: www.DavidHatcherChildress.com. So, sweep off the back porch and get the squirrels off the benches so you can have a seat while you read the latest issue of World Explorer!

David Hatcher Childress, Founder, World Explorer

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