Winter has come late to the Illinois clubhouse this year. Christmas was unseasonably warm throughout the Midwest and East Coast, while it has been cold and snowy out west, including at the Arizona clubhouse. Illinois was hit by a big ice storm just before the New Year and is still recovering. However, we rang in the New Year at the Arizona clubhouse with a glass of champagne and a game of billiards on the desert-tan pool table. We wish all WEX members and everyone else a prosperous and exciting New Year!
Our next World Explorers trip is to Guatemala and the amazing Mayan sites that are found there. The 12-day tour starts January 22, 2016 when our group will meet at the Houston airport and then fly to Guatemala City. We visit Antigua, Lake Atitlan, and the amazing archaeological sites of Quirigua and Tikal.
I am speaking at the International UFO Congress in Phoenix, Arizona on Thursday Feb. 18, 2016. The conference lasts for five days and should be a great time. The schedule can be found here: http://ufocongress.com/ufo-conference/schedule/
I am joining Jason Martell and Micah Hanks for a second Ancient Aliens Cruise, this time to Belize, the Bay Islands and Cozumel. Prices for the 8-day cruise start at $1199 and it departs from Miami on September 18, 2016. Our Norwegian Line ship returns to Miami on September 25. Norwegian is a very prestigious cruise line with high-end luxurious ships. Visit www.ancientaliencruise.com for more information.
If you are up for a big adventure you may want to join our 11-day expedition to Antarctica starting Dec. 1, 2016 in Buenos Aires and then flying to Ushuaia, the southernmost city in the world. From there we embark on the Silver Explorer double-hulled exploration ship on Dec. 2 and sail until we return on Dec. 12, 2016. We spend five full days in Antarctica with lots of shore excursions and have all meals and drinks included in the package. This might be the time to cross Antarctica off your bucket list! Check out the two-page ad in the latest issue and the special webpages at www.wexclubcruises.com.
I had a good time at the Brazilian UFO conference which started on December 3 at Iguazu Falls. Jennifer and I then went on to the beautiful island town of Florianapolis in southern Brazil, near the Uruguay border. Lots of Ancient Aliens fans attended, and it was fun taking pictures with them and spending time with other English-speaking presenters including Nick Redfern, Gary Heseltime and others.
I had a great time at Travis Walton’s Skyfire Summit in Heber, Arizona, November 6 to 8. Travis is a great guy and it should be an exciting conference. Check out future conferences at: www.skyfiresummit.com
It was a great time down under in July doing a conference tour with Erich von Daniken and Nexus Magazine. We flew into Melbourne and kicked off the tour with a rollicking crowd. It was great to see Erich’s fascinating presentation with lots of good video and graphics. Jennifer, Erich’s assistant Ramon, plus Erich and I flew on to a gig in Sydney and then to one in Brisbane. Finally, we ended up at the Novotel Resort on the Sunshine Coast for the three-day Nexus conference. WEX member and AUP author Karen Mutton was there, as was old friend Robert Lawlor and others. Check out the final results at: www.ancientastronautstour.com
The Adventures Unlimited bookstore in Cottonwood, Arizona, is still going strongand now has its own facebook page. Gotta Like it! We had a great book signing with a packed store on April 11. Keep checking for the latest news on facebook 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 has moved! Now going by the name of Frontier World, the shop is still in the Jordaan district of the city, now near the Singel canal. It’s within walking distance of Centraal, the main train station, so definitely stop by when visiting the fascinating city on the Amstel! The address is: Marnixstraat 82, 1015 VX Amsterdam. Tel: (+34) 020-330-9151. Have a virtual visit at their website: www.frontierworld.nl/bookshop.
Kathmandu is still rebuilding from the 7.8 earthquake that rocked Nepal last spring, but as WEX Manager Govinda Panta says—“the mountains are still here.” Plan a trip to this beautiful country and infuse some good tourist dollars into the local economy. Govinda can make trekking arrangements and any other travel plans. If you’d like to contribute to a gofundme campaign started by one of his many satisfied customers who have become friends, go to gofundme.com/t3gk9c4. 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.
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 by the fireplace wearing a cozy WEX sweatshirt, put some marshmallows in your hot chocolate and settle back with the latest 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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