Goings On Around the Clubhouse

Spring has finally come to the Illinois clubhouse. It has been pretty stormy but the days are warming up. We have a new deck and railings at the clubhouse and we are getting ready for a paint job. The Arizona clubhouse traded its Whitewater pinball game for a Star Trek the Next Generation pinball. It's a fun game with plenty of quips from the television series: “Sensors are picking up a distortion in the space-time continuum.”

We closed the Cottonwood bookstore at the end of June and have now sold the building. Renovations are now taking place and we are excited to see what store will take our space. We give a heartfelt thank you to Ranney Moss, who managed the store for over 18 years, and everyone who staffed it over that time. The bookstore in Illinois is open so take a drive and visit. Stop in a play the new pinball machine at the Kempton bookstore: Legends of Valhalla.

My latest book, Andromeda: The Secret Files, is doing well. It covers the bizarre history of German flying saucer research and the mothership called Andromeda. Order a copy today! The new Season 15 of Ancient Aliens is now airing on the History Channel. Check your local listings.

Our next trip will be a tour of the American Southwest from September 11 to 22. This will be a trip that begins in Phoenix and then proceeds to Casa Grande, Sedona, Montezuma’s Castle, Tuzigoot, the Meteor Crater, Chaco Canyon, Canyon de Chelly, the Hopi Mesas, the Grand Canyon and more. Check it out on our Events page.

We are rescheduling our March-April trip to Guatemala. We now hope to do this trip from November 4 to 17, 2022. It will be to the fabulous Mayan city of Copan in Honduras and the Olmec areas of the highlands of Guatemala—an area hardly known to archeologists or tourists. We fly to Guatemala City and then our private bus takes us across southern Guatemala to the border town of Copan in Honduras, site of the Mayan ruins known for spectacularly-preserved artwork. We later go into the largely unexplored Olmec highlands of the Pacific Coast of Guatemala. Our private bus will take us through the lush hills and forests of the highlands to the ancient capital of the Quiché Mayans, Santa Cruz del Quiché. It will be an exciting time in these magical countries.

We are also planning a trip to Athens and then to the Peloponnese and Delphi to look at the many megalithic sites in Greece and Turkey in February. Give us a call or send an email if you are interested in this trip. Check out all the details at: https://wexclub.com/events

Adventures Unlimited and the World Explorers Club now have several YouTube channels. The channels have lots of fascinating documentaries, lectures, Indiana Jones-type movies, and other videos, and it is free to become a subscriber. Most of our movies and trailers are now at the Retro Drive-In website with its movie posters, free movies, rare action serials and more. We are adding movies and trailers all the time, so it’s a good way to while away a few hours if you are locked in your house or on a slow boat to China. You can access all of this using our Retro Drive-In website at www.retrodrive-in.com

For all you cryptozoologists and bigfoot fans, we also have a bigfoot-apeman movie site: www.bigfootmovies.net This site has heaps of bigfoot and apeman-gorilla movies to watch for free, plus bigfoot news and other fun stuff.

Watch them on your tablet after a hard day of legend tripping!

Check out the original Adventures Unlimited channel with documentaries, lectures and more at: http://www.youtube.com/c/AdventuresUnlimited and start watching today!

The WEX affiliated properties usually have a pinball machine or two and we have web pages that are meant to bring pinball enthusiasts, buyers and sellers together. We have recently sold the Creature from the Black Lagoon machine, so one cryptoid is gone, but we still have Whitewater, which features bigfoot. We traded our Twilight Zone pinball game for a brand new Houdini game. It is a lot of fun with snippets of Houdini’s silent movies and other features. Have a look at www.pinballtrader.us for the top-20 pinball list and other pages.

Our Hawaii WEX manager, Zach Royer, is back in Kona and his address is WEX Club Hawaii, Kona Stories Book Store, 78-6831 Alii Dr #142 Kailua Kona, HI 96740. Phone: (808) 238-2264. You can catch Zach (www.ZachRoyer.com) at Kona Stories every Saturday from 10am-1pm. Book a healing island vortex tour, historical ghost tour or personal guide services and learn about the secrets and mysteries of Hawaii with Royer the Explorer! Established in 2006 by Brenda McConnell and Joy Vogelgesang, Kona Stories features all genres of books. One of the main attractions at the store is the various friendly cats who have been as much a part of the store as Brenda and Joy themselves. No, the cats are not for sale.

Our affiliated bookstore in Australia is the Nexus Bookstore at 51 Maple Street in Maleny, Queensland. 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

WEX Manager Govinda Panta in Kathmandu continues to deal with the cutoff of tourism in the country. He has asked us to help him support porters and guides in Nepal who are out of work and looking desperately to make money to feed their families. A little money goes a long way in Nepal and if you would like to help Govinda and his guides and porters, even with a small donation, please go to: www.gofundme.com/f/covid19-relief-fund-for-nepali-tourism-workers Govinda can make trekking arrangements and any other travel plans for anyone wanting to see the country. 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—you will 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 links to the latest news, so send those in, too! I also have my own web domain and you can check it out here: www.DavidHatcherChildress.com. So, open some windows for the Spring breeze and enjoy the latest issue of World Explorer!David Hatcher Childress, Founder, World Explorers Club

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