The spring tulips and daffodils are blooming at the Illinois WEX clubhouse and things are starting to look pretty green—except the redbud trees, which are a beautiful blur of magenta at this time. The Arizona clubhouse has had a few storms but the daytime temperatures are starting to rise, though the evenings are still fairly cool.
I just finished flying to Los Angeles and back from the Arizona place to shoot some scenes for the upcoming eighth season of Ancient Aliens. This show continues to be a popular one for the History Channel and there are now over 100 episodes of the show—and they want more. Check you local listing for any new episodes coming up.
At the end of May I will be speaking at the Earth-Keepers Colorado Star-Gate Event. They’ve secured a top-notch lineup and it will be fun to see long-time associates John van Auken, Robert Schoch, Graham Hancock, John Major Jenkins and others. Crystal skulls Sha Na Ra and Max will be there too!
We are having an Open House at the Kempton bookstore on Saturday, June 20. I will be at the store from 11 AM to 5 PM to meet and greet any visitors who can come by that day, and Christopher Dunn will also be on hand. Some snacks will be provided, and Tom’s Tavern across the street will be serving up its fine fare for lunch and dinner. Keep an eye on wexclub.com for developing details. In July I will be down under for a couple of weeks (from the 13th to the 31st) doing a conference tour with Erich von Daniken and Nexus Magazine.
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 www.wexclub.com.
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 through 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 here 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 great time was had by all. Tourism is only now getting going in Colombia and the friendly people would love to see more visitors!
We are also planning on a special WEX trip to Egypt with Egyptologist and author Stephen Mehler and Egyptologists Yousef and Patricia Awyan from October 18 to 30, 2015. We start in Cairo and then fly to Luxor where we begin a Nile cruise to Aswan. It will be a great trip to Egypt—but you need to sign up with them on their website. Check it out at www.khemitology.com
Our late October expedition to Ethiopia went off well and we had a great time! Our group of eight people fit nicely into the bus that careened the steep mountain roads as we visited Lake Tana, the castles of Gonder, the baboons of the Simien Mountains, and fabulous Axum with its fabulous megaliths. Here we visited the church that is reported to hold the Ark of Covenant, but we couldn’t see the precious relic, which is only on display once per year and even then hidden by a cloth. Finally we visited the rock-cut churches of Tigray and the mysterious monolithic granite churches of Lalibela.
The Adventures Unlimited bookstore in Cottonwood, Arizona, is still going strong. We had a great booksigning with a packed store on April 11. Keep checking for the latest news 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.
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.
With a WEX Lifetime Membership ($1000) you get the whole Kit and Kaboodle and much, much more – for life! You get all new WEX products as they are released. You will be treated like visiting Royalty when you put in an appearance at any of the WEX affiliated clubhouses and bookstores, and you are always welcome to stay in one of the special themed guest rooms in the Kempton WEX Clubhouse (choose from such rooms as Pacifica, Egypt, The Observatory of Angels) free of charge.
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