Autumn is in full swing at both the Illinois and Arizona clubhouses, and the leaves have fallen around the Kempton area. A big snowfall is probably not far off. The Arizona clubhouse continues to have warm days and cool nights in the mountainous, high desert surrounds, but autumn colors can be seen here in the Verde Valley and the leaves are about to go.
Jennifer and I took off at the end of October on 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 a few days at the end to go to the spectacular Uyuni Salt Flats with Brien. Check out our event pages for future trips.
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.
Jennifer and I returned in mid-September from a nearly month-long trip to Thailand and Myanmar. We flew via Tokyo to Bangkok and secured our visas to Myanamar (“The Golden Land” in the local language, formerly called Burma, after the largest ethnic group in the south of the country). We then flew to the capital, Yangon (formerly Rangoon). During our three week sojourn to the country, we traveled by plane, boat, truck, bus, bicycle—and even electric bike—through the various ruins, towns and countryside. People were very friendly and genuinely glad to see tourists after years of relative isolation from the world. The many pagodas of Bagan and the “gravity defying” Golden Rock were some of the highlights of the trip.
A new season of the popular History Channel show Ancient Aliens is now scheduled and in production. Between trips and working on the magazine, I will be shooting some episodes for the sixth season of the show. Rock on! You can buy the Ancient Aliens DVD sets from Adventures Unlimited (adventuresunlimitedpress.com).
We had a great roadtrip to Canada during the summer: we were in Toronto with UFO researcher Richard Dolan and George Noory, host of Coast to Coast radio at the Conspiracy Culture Convention on June 29. We also visited WEX Canada Manager Jim Honey and his wife Jill in St. Catherines, Ontario, for a few days. Jim continues to run his Sangrael bookshop-café-curio store in Elora. The address is 137 Metcalf Street, Elora, Ontario. The phone is 519-846-2999. See their new web pages at: www.wexclub.ca We also visited artists Ladislav and Jana Hanka, who are responsible for several murals and sculptures at our buildings in Kempton, at their Kalamazoo, Michigan studios. It was a great trip!
In early March I was a speaker at the International UFO Congress held in Phoenix and enjoyed giving a presentation to a packed house and a standing ovation. Much of the material was from my latest book Ancient Technology in Peru and Bolivia. It’s a 368-page book packed with tons of photos and information and includes a 16-page color section. Plenty of interesting material on megalith building around the world. Get your copy today!
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, between glasses of homemade cider, kick back in your easy chair with the new issue of World Explorer!