The spring flowers have already begun to flourish around the Arizona WEX clubhouse which has gotten quite a bit of snow and rain this year. The Illinois clubhouse continues to get hit by snowstorms and low temperatures making much of the town a slippery place to walk around.
We just returned from 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 flying down to South America again in mid-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
On April 11 we will host a gathering at the Cottonwood bookstore. Please stop in if you can be in the area that day. I will be at the store from noon to five to chat with anyone who can come by, and we have invited authors Chris O’Brien, Gary David, Mark Pinkham, and Zuni Elder Clifford Mahooty to be on hand as well. Snacks will be served.
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
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. 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.
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
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!
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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