We had a great Christmas and New Years at the Arizona WEX clubhouse which got a record amount of snow the first week of January and made for a wet start of the year. The Illinois clubhouse has had several snowstorms and the continual thawing and freezing has made much of the town a slippery place to walk around. Canadian WEX manager and crystal skull researcher Jim Honey and his wife Jill visited the Arizona clubhouse and bookstore just after Thanksgiving, and we drank margaritas and played pinball among the crystal skulls and other artifacts at the clubhouse. We are just departing on our expedition to Colombia. We fly down to Bogota on February 6 and visit the museum with the famous gold airplanes. We will see the old colonial city of Cartagena and continue on to the megalithic ruins at San Agustin in the west of the country.
We are flying down to South America again in March, this time to a UFO conference in Curitiba, Brazil where I am the featured speaker. The conference is from March 13 to 15 at the Hotel Nacional Inn Torres. Check it out at their website: www.ufo.com.br/ufologiapr
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 Shoch, Graham Hancock, John Major Jenkins and others. Crystal skulls Sha Na Ra and Max will be there too!
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. Later Jennifer and I flew to Dire Dawa on the rail line to Djibouti and went to the ancient walled city of Harar near the Somali border. Here we had encounters with locals feeding hyenas on the edge of town! Look for an article in the next issue of World Explorer!
Last July I went to Paracas and Nazca along the southern Peruvian coast to be with Giorgio Tsoukalos and the crew of his new television show on The History Channel called In Search of Aliens. We flew over the Nazca lines and viewed the fascinating Mandala etched onto a hill in another valley called Palpa. We checked out the conehead skulls in Paracas as well, and the strange “band of holes” mentioned in one of Erich von Daniken’s books (literally a line of strange holes in the desert hills, best seen from the air). The team had a cool drone with a camera that was able to capture some amazing footage. Look for Giorgio’s show on Friday nights!
The Adventures Unlimited bookstore in Cottonwood, Arizona, is still going strong. The Thunder Valley Rally was held in Old Town in late September, and our employee Jeri (a.k.a. Siren) took second place in the Miss TVR contest. 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.
We are still thinking of WEX trips to Tibet and Mount Kailash plus a yeti expedition—perhaps in 2016. 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.
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.
So, sit back in the easy chair by the fireplace with a mug of hot cocoa and enjoy the new issue of World Explorer!