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THE DOOR TO HELL

©2019 Jack Wheeler

©2019 Jack Wheeler

Welcome to the Door to Hell.  Otherwise known as the Darvaza Gas Crater in the Kara Kum Desert of Turkmenistan.

Possessing one of the world’s largest reserves of natural gas, when Turkmenistan was part of the Soviet Union in 1971, Soviet engineers discovered a massive gas pocket in the Kara Kum.  The drilling rig collapsed into a huge cavern 230 feet wide, releasing gas into the air.  The engineers ignited it, expecting the gas to burn off in a matter of days.

The gas in the crater is still burning to this day, 48 years later – as you can see.  I took the picture above earlier this month.

It’s a memorable experience, driving for hours across an empty desert wasteland after crossing the border from Uzbekistan, and suddenly there it is.

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HALF-FULL REPORT 06/14/18

The President is 73 today, June 14

The President is 73 today, June 14

Our POTUS started his birthday off right this morning on Fox and Friends, by applying the F word to Nervous Nancy Pelosi – the F word that she and the Democrat Party need to be described with at every opportunity:  Fascist.

Responding to Pelosi’s latest unhinged rant against him last night, accusing him of a “criminal cover-up” with no evidence whatever, the President said Pelosi “ought to be ashamed of herself – it’s a disgrace… it’s a fascist statement.”

Exactly.  Inside “Democrat” Pelosi is a fascist screaming to get out.  Inside every Democrat mediocrity running for president in 2020 is a fascist screaming to get out.  It’s not hidden on the inside for ilk like Occasional-Cortex or Ilhan Omar – they’re full frontal fascist in open daylight.

While they claim to be “democratic socialists,” we need to demand ubiquitously they be labeled “democratic fascists” – while reminding everyone what that means:  you can vote your way into fascism, but you have to shoot your way out.

Okay, we’re off on another chock-full HFR.  We start with what’s called The Trump Curse, and it struck last night in Oakland, California, providing the President with an early birthday present.

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HALF-FULL REPORT 06/07/19

trump-d-day-message Yesterday, June 6, at Omaha Beach in Normandy France on the 75th anniversary of D-Day, President Trump commemorated the sacrifice and heroism of those who fought that day in 1944 to liberate the world from Nazi evil and protect America from it.

To call the President’s speech magnificent is beyond understatement.  It was so good that CNN’s Jim Acosta and MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough had nothing but praise for it.  I could not encourage you more to watch it entire.  It will move you to tears.  It certainly did me.

This was the culmination of an extraordinary two weeks during which President Trump and First Lady Melania bestrode the world stage with grace, elegance, and class.

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THE SEVEN PEARLS OF SHING

The Fourth Pearl of Shing ©2019 Jack Wheeler

The Fourth Pearl of Shing ©2019 Jack Wheeler

I just returned from an extraordinary exploration of Central Asia.  I’ll be going into more depth of what we learned and experienced in Kazakhstan, Kirghizstan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, and Turkmenistan in the near future – but right now I’d like to share with you just one exquisite experience.

It’s a hidden unknown wonder tucked into the Fann Mountains of western Tajikistan called the Seven Pearls of Shing.

The Shing River flows through a high narrow valley dotted with small villages of Mountain Tajiks who have lived here for thousands of years.  Thanks to ancient rockfalls eons ago damming up the river in stages, there is a series of seven stepping-stone lakes in the Shing Valley, each of uniquely breathless beauty.

Here’s what we saw.  All the photos are mine, with none photoshopped or have the saturation jacked up.  The colors are real.

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HALF-FULL REPORT 05/10/19

nadler-cites-barr-w-contemptA tip of the HFR tam o’shanter to TTPer Doug Kemp who posted this meme on the Forum.  It brings to mind John Wayne’s comment that “Life is hard – and it’s a lot harder if you’re stupid.”  Congressman Teapot – all 5’4” and 240 lbs. of him – really is a hubristic idiot and is about to get precisely what he deserves.

How mind-numbingly stupid is it for some two-bit Congresscritter – all puffed up with delusionary self-importance because he wields a ten-ounce piece of wood called a “gavel” – to actually believe he can put the Attorney General of the United States in an imaginary jail cell that doesn’t exist on Capitol Hill for obeying the law?

The words used above to denote proto-hominid IQ levels are not hyperboles.  There is something mentally wrong with these people.  When we call them libtards we mean they really are in fact mentally retarded.  What’s really spooky is not that they were born that way, they have chosen to be as an act of adult free will.

First they chose to be morally retarded – embracing infanticide, hatred of their country, the politics of envy and fascist control of others, etc. – which has resulted in their mental dementia.

At any step along the way, they could have reflected on where they were going and chosen to go elsewhere, and chose not to.

Which brings us to Democrats and turtles.  Here we go on another great HFR!

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THE ROAD TO MANDALAY

©2019 Jack Wheeler

©2019 Jack Wheeler

Burma is a hidden country, sandwiched between India, China, and Thailand, along with a bit of Bangladesh and Laos.

During the Cold War under a Soviet-aligned Military Marxist dictatorship, guerrilla rebellions broke out.  In the 1980s as a private operative for President Reagan’s strategy to terminate the Soviet Empire, I clandestinely crossed from Thailand into Burma on more than one occasion with Karenni and Karen guerrillas.

The military junta resisted, even changing Burma’s name to "Myanmar," Rangoon to "Yangon," and moving the capital to an empty plain called Nay Pyi Taw in 1989.

Twenty years later the junta began relenting and freeing up the country, so much so by 2015 I was confident enough to take a small group of friends to explore the country.  We had a wonderful enlightening time.

Now I’m thinking of doing this again next year, as a number of you have asked if I would.  What I’d like to show you is a small sample of what we saw – just a hint, a taste of all there is in this extraordinary land.  All the photos are mine.

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HALF-FULL REPORT 05/03/19

envy-of-the-world How cool is this to wake up in the morning to this Drudge headline?  Except if you’re a Democrat fascisti realizing there will be 6 more years of Trump making America even greater than ever.

And how about the Drudge kicker links above the giant headline? Hispanic Unemployment Lowest Ever... Best for women since 1953... Record jobs even for high school dropouts!

Hard to imagine the depth of Dem abysmal gloom over this, compounded by the fright and panic overwhelming them, explained by Kim Strassel today (5/03) in For Fear of William BarrWhich brings me to the Forum.  Here we go with another great HFR!

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AUTHENTIC ITALY

authentic-italyMy wife Rebel and I were having dinner with Italian friends in Rome a while ago, who asked, “Why not a Wheeler Expedition in Italy?”

I answered, “We’d love to, but it has to be an adventure to really cool places in Italy that folks who’ve been to Rome-Venice-Tuscany don’t know about and would love to go to if they did.  It has to be to the real authentic Italy for a true experience of a lifetime.”

Our friends smiled – to us and each other.  “We’ve been exploring just those places for years – it’s our hobby.  We’d start in the Apennines of course, Italy’s mountain spine, to Abruzzo…”

And that is how, after many months of exploring and planning, Rebel and I with our Italian friends created the unique and extraordinary adventure of Authentic Italy.  I’d like to invite you to experience the Italy you’ve dreamed of and you’ll never ever forget.

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HALF-FULL REPORT 04/26/19

new-christian-crusadeAt the end of this month, April 2019, the lesson is clear:  We need a New Christian Crusade against the enemies of Christendom, Western Civilization, and the self-evident truths of the Declaration of Independence.

Since the start of 2019, countless churches in France have been vandalized, looted, desecrated, and set on fire.  The libtards of Newsweek reported it thus (3/21):  Catholic Churches Are Being Desecrated All Over France – and Officials Don’t Know Why.

Right.  Just like every official in France can’t still explain how Notre Dame’s roof and spire burned down April 15.  The latest from yesterday’s (4/25) New York Times: Notre Dame Fire Investigators Focus on Short-Circuits and Cigarettes.

Right.  Any cockamamie excuse will do in order to ignore the unmentionably obvious – arson set by Moslems.

That’s just the start of a chock-filled HFR.  We’re off!

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EXPLORING OUTER MONGOLIA

©2019 Jack Wheeler

©2019 Jack Wheeler

The first time I went to Mongolia was in 1963.  I was 19 and by myself.  It was a colony of the Soviet Union back then.  No arat (Mongol nomad) living in a ger (conical tent like those above) had ever heard of America much less met somebody from there, so I was a real novelty.

I was a novelty again when I got back home.  Just about the most obscure course in the UCLA history department was on Mongolian history.  There were about a half-dozen students, and when the professor asked us each why we were in the course, I answered, “Because I’ve just been there,” he couldn’t believe it.

All those 35mm slides from back then are in one of the many boxes containing my pictures of yore.  By 2005, however, when I ran an expedition of some 2,500 miles criss-crossing the country north to south, east to west, there were digital cameras so I can share a few pics with you.  It took a while for Mongolia has no roads, just 4WD tracks.

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HALF-FULL REPORT 04/19/19

game-over Happy Good Friday!  This is a day of celebration for all Christendom – as the ancient Catholic catechism says, on this day, “Christ showed His great love for man, and purchased for him every blessing.”

And tonight, Passover begins for Jewish people around the world.  Pesach Sameach!

Coincidentally, this is a good Friday for America, as proclaimed on the cover of today’s (4/19) New York Post:

trump-clean And we’re just getting started.  What a week – here we go!

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ALL OF AFRICA

africa-on-map We’ve seen maps of Africa all our lives – but most people have little if any grasp of just how large Africa is.  It’s gargantuan – and with a bewildering number of countries. 50 in all.  I’ve had the good fortune to have been to every one.

As I have learned, often the hard way, traveling in Africa is daunting – and often outright dangerous, extremely so.  It is Africa’s misfortune that out of its vast size and over four dozen countries, there is a surprisingly small number of places that are both safe and worth going to.

Political instability, ethnic strife, humongous corruption and street crime are so widespread across the continent, you have to search hard for exceptions.

Plus, even if those were absent, where are there places that are really cool, bucket-list cool worth all the expense, time, and effort to get to and experience?

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HALF-FULL REPORT 04/12/19

my-turn-to-investigateWhat’s that deafening sound?  Wow it’s loud, like squeals from an entire sounder of stuck pigs.  Oh, look!  It’s the Democrats and their media lap poodles squealing in terror over Bill Barr about to slit their throats.

The AG’s Senate testimony on Wednesday (4/10) did it.  TTP attached the video of his words to Kim Strassel’s Barr Brings Accountability this morning (4/12).

Yes, Roger Simon is right, that POTUS’ replacement of testicularly-atrophied Jeff Sessions is The Democrats’ Worst Nightmare.

When you watch the video in Strassel’s, note carefully Barr’s words after he says “I think spying on a political campaign is a big deal.”  He then says, “I’m not talking about the FBI necessarily but intelligence agencies more broadly.”

You can bet all three of Obama’s intelligence directors – not just FBI’s Comey, but CIA’s Brennan and National Intelligence Director Clapper – hearing those words suddenly noticed the red laser light dot over their hearts and said to themselves, “OMG, he’s targeting me!”  You betcha.

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NESOPHILIA

Tristan da Cunha ©2019 Jack Wheeler

Tristan da Cunha ©2019 Jack Wheeler

All right, I confess.  I am a nesophile.  I’m addicted to nesophilia.  It’s not on any list of psychiatric disorders, however.  The term was invented – a “neologism” – by one of the 20th century’s most eminent philosophers, Sir Isaiah Berlin (1909-1997) in 1938 while in Ireland.

When there, he combined the Greek word nesos – island, with philia – love, and declared he was a nesophile – a lover of islands.  That’s me.

I suppose that’s obvious by now – for I’ve lost count of the number of islands I’ve written about on TTP

And there are so many more to go!  Yet I’ll be writing only about ones that are interesting, not even if they’re famous.  I just got back from Majorca and Ibiza, for example.  Nice enough, pretty enough – but, frankly, boring.  There’s no real there there, as Gertrude Stein said about Oakland, California.

So let’s take a quick look at some islands that would blow Gertrude Stein away – such as the one that has the bed Napoleon died in.

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HALF-FULL REPORT 04/04/19

No one can honestly say POTUS Trump hasn’t got the best sense of humor since Ronald Reagan.  Yesterday (4/04) he tweeted meme master Carpe Donktum’s latest, poking fun at Creepy Joe, entitling it, “Welcome Back Joe!”.

welcome-back-joe“It’s fun to watch Democrats cannibalize each other,” noted Jack Kelly in “The Hit On Creepy Joe” on Wednesday (4/03).  Biden certainly has earned his sobriquet with all his pedophilic sniffing and groping on repeated YouTube display.  There’s something mentally wrong with this guy.

That seems to be an occupational hazard of many if not most professional politicians.  Since age 26, Biden has been nothing but – elected a City Council member in his local Delaware town in 1969, then a Senator in 1972 until Obama’s VP in 2008.

He’s never earned a real paycheck in his life.  Instead, he’s spent his whole life trying to control other people’s lives.  That’s what attracts people like him into politics, for there’s something not right with them mentally to begin with.

Yesterday (4/04), Patricia McCarthy explained that “The 2020 Democrat Candidates Are Psychotic.” To be psychotic is to be so delusional that you can’t determine what is real and not, and to lack any empathy for other real human beings.

If you have psycho delusions of grandeur, feeling you’re more important than anyone else with a compulsion to control other’s lives since you know what’s good for them and they don’t, what do you do?  Become a politician.

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HIGH ADVENTURE

river-rapids[This is the third article in TTP’s new Monday feature on Adventure & Exploration.  Hope you enjoy it – JW.]

Are you up for a real adventure in your life?  Not group tour stuff but the real deal, the genuine article, the Real McCoy.

Ready?  This is going to be true High Adventure in both senses of the word – for our entire experience is going to be over two miles high (11,000ft/3,400m) in a hidden region of remotest Asia where the world’s most exotic culture still exists… that of Tibet.

Having driven many thousands of kilometers crisscrossing Chinese-Occupied Tibet, I’ve seen how Beijing has destroyed Tibetan culture, turning it into a Disney-type fake theme park for Chinese tourists.

Yet there’s a part of Tibet that the British, when they ruled India, prevented China from capturing.  Monasteries over a thousand years old still flourish there today.  There’s nothing else like it on earth – and in the remotest part of it is The Grand Canyon of the Himalayas.  Running its Class IV and V rapids is one of the greatest whitewater experiences on our planet.  This is High Adventure.

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HALF-FULL REPORT 03/29/18

donald-dems-daddy Champagne and popcorn aren’t the usual combo for a celebration, but they sure are this week.

No ifs, ands, or buts.  This is a Victory Week for the POTUS, for America, for you and me.  Time to feel good, pop the corks, and plunge your fingers into a bucket of well-buttered popcorn to watch the show

How can we not when the week began waking up Monday morning (3/25) with this NY Post cover?

no-collusion-no-obstruction It’s been a barnburner of a week and this is a barnburner of a HFR.  Let’s go!

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ISLANDS OF MYSTERY AND LEGEND II

easter-island-heads hms-bounty [This is the second article in TTP’s new Monday feature on Adventure & Exploration.  Hope you enjoy it – JW.]

In the Spring of last year, 2018, we conducted our first Islands of Mystery and Legend.  For those of you who weren’t able to join us then and requested a second opportunity, here we go.  It’s this coming August:  August 14-27, 2019.

For those who regard our planet as endlessly fascinating, there are few places on earth they yearn to see more than the world’s two great Islands of Mystery and Legend lost in the remotest South Pacific – Easter Island and Pitcairn Island.  You’ll see why with all the photos.

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HALF-FULL REPORT 03/22/19

downsyndrome-kids-in-the-white-house Yesterday (3/21) was World Down Syndrome Day.  The President and Vice President celebrated it by welcoming DS kids to the White House.  Gotta love the boy on the right wearing the iconic neon red Trump tie.

trump-tweet-032119 What a contrast to the Death Cult the Dems have become, who insist mothers kill such children in their own womb for not deserving to live.

Here’s another contrast.  Why is Congressmoslem Ilhan Omar (D-Sharia) in tears now?  Saddle up, you’re going to love this HFR….

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ACROSS THE SAHARA

[Today we introduce a new feature of TTP: on Mondays, my column on Adventure & Exploration.  Each Monday we’ll explore some astounding but little known part of our world.  Our initial exploration will be across the Sahara Desert.  It’s an experience unlike anywhere else.  I hope you enjoy it. – JW] 

sahara-expedition

©2019 Jack Wheeler

A Trans-Sahara Expedition, crossing the remotest heart of the world’s largest desert, has always been one of the truly great explorations possible on our planet.

Unfortunately, it’s far too dangerous to do today, with banditry and terrorist attacks on travelers.  Someday this will cease.  So I thought I’d show you what an extraordinary experience it was to cross the Sahara when it was safe back in 2003 – for it will be again.

sahara-map In the center of the Sahara is the country of Niger.  We’re going to cross it from one end to the other to find one of our world’s special places, of achingly lonely beauty, of fascinating and friendly peoples, and mysterious lost cities, hidden oases, and camel salt caravans.

We’ll end by exploring on foot an astounding region where Niger, Libya, and Algeria come together – it will blow you away.

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HALF-FULL REPORT 03/15/19

NY Post Cover Monday March 12, 2019

NY Post Cover Monday March 12, 2019

Welcome to the Cornucopia HFR.  Pelosi caving is just the start of it this week.  It’s not just that she blinked – so did Schiff and Nadler.

With the collapse of Bobby Mueller in failing to find any evidence of Trump-Russia “collusion,” the Dem Witch Hunt that Schifty and Fatso were planning to perpetuate with endless subpoenas and investigations has collapsed also.  As CTH explains in Failure to Launch (3/11), they’ve surrendered.

We’ve barely begun reveling in this cornucopia week.  Saddle up, let’s go….

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THE MOST MAGICAL ATLANTIC PARADISE OF ALL

atlantic-paradise For the past two weeks, we explored The Atlantic Paradise of Madeira, then The Atlantic Paradise of Faial.  Our grand finale this week is the most magical of all.

It’s almost surrealistically beautiful as you can see. The islanders are friendly, hospitable, devoutly Christian, and proud members of Western Civilization.  A great many speak English, but there are not a great many of them.  They number 140,000 spread out over 300 spectacularly scenic square miles.

They love drinking parties, cheerful festivals, and bright colors – with their charming homes painted the color of key lime pie, raspberry mousse, or oceanic blue, and gaudily decorating prayer chapels called Imperios.

They love liberty so much they’ve had this motto emblazoned on their coat of arms for centuries:  Antes morrer livres que em paz sujeitos Rather die free than live in peaceful subjugation.  This is a TTPer’s true paradise.

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HALF-FULL REPORT 03/08/19

national-emergency This is National Emergency,” the latest work of America’s Patriot Artist Jon McNaughton.

From left to right, the traitors depicted are:  Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren, Alexandria Ocasio Cortez, Rashida Tlaib, Ilhan Omar, Chuck Schumer, Adam Schiff, Nancy Pelosi, Maxine Waters, Hillary Clinton, and Barack Obama.

Many more could be added, from the gaggle of Dem presidential aspirants like Kamala Harris and Cory Booker to big tech fascisti like Mark Zuckerberg and Jack Dorsey.

Yet they are not merely traitors to America.  They are traitors to the entire human race, born and unborn.  They have become fully Satanic, worshipping horrific evil with their only moral code being any means whatever are justified to achieve their fascist ends.

What can be done to stop them?

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WHY TRUMP WILL LOSE IN 2020

snake-attacks-birdThis is a real picture, taken by famed French nature photographer Laurent Schwebel.  I want you to look at this picture long and hard so it burns into your brain.  It should give you nightmares preventing a good night’s sleep.

For this is what the Democrat Party is going to do to America in the November 2020 election – eat and swallow it whole.

President Trump is going to lose reelection in 2020 to whomever the Democrat candidate will be, no matter how pro-infanticide, anti-gun, and Anti-Semitic Fascist Left they are.

Not only that, the Democrats will expand their majority in the House, and gain majority in the Senate.  Further, a substantial number of Republican governorships and state legislative majorities will fall to the Democrats as well.

How can all this be so confidently predicted with 100% assurance?  Because the awful truth of Stalin’s observation now guarantees it in America.

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THE ATLANTIC PARADISE OF FAIAL

atlantic-paradiseLast week we explored The Atlantic Paradise of Madeira.  Now we venture further out into the Atlantic to another paradisical island called Faial (fee-ahl).

During the Middle Ages there were legends of islands in the unknown Atlantic as the remains of the “lost continent” of Atlantis, based on Plato’s myth after which the unexplored ocean was named.  (As we discussed in The Real Atlantis, the basis of the myth is the Minoan Civilization of Crete in the eastern Mediterranean.)

This intrigued the man who launched Europe’s Age of Discovery, Portugal’s Prince Henry the Navigator (1394-1460).  After Henry’s revolutionary new caravel sailing ships discovered Madeira in 1418, and Portuguese settlers began flocking to the uninhabited island, in 1431 Henry dispatched his commander Gonçalo Velho to see if the rumors were true.

Velho found them 850 miles off Portugal.  He and his men were the first human beings in history to set foot on them.

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HALF-FULL REPORT 03/01/19

CPAC 2019 started off Wednesday (2/27) with a bang with this video.  The highlight of course is President Trump speaking tomorrow morning (11:30am 3/02).  As you know, he returned from his Hanoi Summit with Kim Jong-un a little early.

The first thing that drops your jaw about this event is the amazing extent to which our POTUS is greeted as the world’s greatest rock star by the Vietnamese.

Actually, because the Fascist Fake News Media suppresses it, few understand the extent to which President Trump is a hero to countless millions in countries all over the world.  But how astounding it must be for Vietnam Vets to see this in Vietnam still run by the same Commies they fought a half century ago.

Yet there it is, especially among young Vietnamese guys in Hanoi – the grandchildren of the Viet Cong, who so admire Trump they are flooding Hanoi barbershops to get Trump haircuts.

What POTUS pulled off yesterday (2/28) – walking from the summit – stunned tout le monde, not least the Norks and Chicoms.  What a cold shower awakening to what they are up against in El Donaldo.  Here we go, a great HFR for a great week.

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THE ATLANTIC PARADISE OF MADEIRA

madeira-paradise At Wheeler Expeditions, we define an “expedition” as an adventure with a purpose, with a mission to be accomplished.

We have hard core adventure expeditions exploring the Gobi Desert or the Amazon, overland expeditions across Central Asia or the Sahara, helicopter expeditions through the Himalayas or the Albanian Alps, cultural expeditions to Israel’s Holy Land or tribal people in Southeast Asia, safari wildlife expeditions to Zambia or Borneo.

Then there’s a fun expedition – with the purpose and mission to simply enjoy being in magical places with luxury accommodations, wonderful food and wine, surrounded by natural beauty, Goldilocks weather (not too hot, not too cold, just right), exploring something cool to see and do around every corner, just relax and have fun.

Ideally, such places would be easy to get to and nearby – not half-way around the world.  And where it won’t cost an arm and a leg to have a life-memorable experience you’ll always remember with a smile.  Oh, without a lot of time, say in about 10 days or so.

Well, there are such places – and we’re going to a trio of them this coming June.  We call them Atlantic Paradises. We’re going to focus on one this week – the Portuguese island territory of Madeira.

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HALF-FULL REPORT 02/22/19

jussie-was-lyingSo, last May Roseanne Barr gets fired within hours by ABC after SJWs freak out condemning one single short tweet as “racist” (which it wasn’t, she was ridiculing ValJar’s looks, not her race, thought she was Saudi, not black).

And what do we wake up to this morning with the huge lead headline on Drudge?  A disgustingly obscene photo of a disgustingly depraved Trump-hating scumbag who was arrested yesterday (2/21) for his disgusting crime linking to this story: Jussie Smollett Returns to ‘Empire’ Set as Fox Struggles to Decide His Fate.

“Struggles”?  The evidence of Smollett’s hoax is overwhelming.  The retard wrote a check to pay his two accomplices staging his phony MAGA attack.  The two perps have confessed.  Fox pretending to be a conservative media company is as much a hoax as Smollett.

In announcing Smollett’s arrest yesterday, Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson said Smollett orchestrated a "phony attack" in order to take "advantage of the pain and anger of racism to promote his career."  Visibly upset, Johnson said to reporters:

"I'm left hanging my head and asking why? Why would anyone, especially an African-American man, use the symbolism of a noose to make false accusations? How could someone look at the hatred and suffering associated with that symbol? How can an individual who has been embraced by the city of Chicago turn around and slap everyone in this city by making this false claim?"

The noose is the key to all of this.  Take a look at this picture:

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THE ROUTE TO DHAULAGIRI

Dhaulagiri – North/Northeast Face ©2019 Jack Wheeler

Dhaulagiri – North/Northeast Face ©2019 Jack Wheeler

For the past three weeks, in our exploration of the greatest mountains of the Himalayas, we’ve learned the route to Everest, Lhotse, and Cho Oyu, that to Makalu and Kanchenjunga, and to Manaslu and Annapurna.  In our final route, we’ll explore Dhaulagiri – and two fascinating regions nearby.

Remember this sat photo from last week?

annapurna-range This week, we’re not only going to the 7th highest mountain on earth, but the Hidden Tibetan Kingdom of Lo in Mustang, and the Sacred Blue Lake of Phoksundo in the wilds of Dolpo – yes, it really is that unbelievable color of blue.

By the end, we’ll have been to all eight of the “eight-thousanders” (8,000 meters+) in the Himalayas of Nepal – a feat few people have ever experienced.

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HALF-FULL REPORT 02/15/19

Last Saturday through Tuesday (2/09-12), the Carnivale di Viareggio began with its now world-famous Corsi Mascherati, the Parade of Gargantuan Floats.  These towering massive paper mâché concoctions of political satire can stand fifty feet high and weigh forty tons – and that indeed was the size of the parade float that took everyone’s breath away:  that of God Emperor Trump created by Italian sculptor Fabrizio Galli.

God Emperor Trump is a larger-than-life mythical figure.  Then there is the living human being – who we discovered this week is not a superman.  He is a man who has just broken his promise to America.  What a shame, as it overshadows what a truly awful week it was for the Fascicrats.

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THE ROUTE TO ANNAPURNA

annapurna-i

Annapurna I ©2019 Jack Wheeler

For the past two weeks in our exploration of the greatest mountains of the Himalayas, we’ve learned the route to Everest, Lhotse, and Cho Oyo, and that to Makalu and Kanchenjunga.  This week we explore Manaslu and Annapurna.

height-of-himalayan-giants We first note that the five “eight-thousanders” (over 8,000 meters high) we’ve been to so far are on Nepal’s borders, while Manaslu and Annapurna (along with Dhaulagiri, we’ll get there next week) are entirely within Nepal.  (Shisha Pangma is in Chinese Tibet.)  So we get to go completely around them.

We ended  our experience with Kanchenjunga by returning to our home base in Kathmandu, the famed Yak & Yeti hotel.  We’re up at dawn the next morning to board our ultra-high altitude AS 350 B3 Eurocopters and head north for Manaslu.  Here’s the trekking route around the world's eighth highest mountain at 8,163 meters/26,781 feet.

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HALF-FULL REPORT 02/08/19

What a glorious week.  Where do we start?  How about saying hello to the flip side of MAGA:

MABA – Make Alexandria a Bartender Again.

Miss Occasional-Cortex certainly earned her sobriquet of “3B” this week – the Bug-Eyed Brainless Bolshevik – for the childish lunacy of her “Green New Deal” (the link is to the actual bill she submitted to Congress yesterday 2/07).  As one wag observed:  “It looks like something a four year-old in Soviet Russia dreamt up.”

Yet with this, you couldn’t have clearer proof that Global Warming – defined in the bill’s first sentence as “human activity  is  the  dominant  cause  of  observed climate change over the past century” – is the Left’s substitution of Marxism as the new ideological rationale for full fascist government control over everyone’s life.

That in fact is why 3B’s crusade is a cause for celebration.  So is the whole week.

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A SOTU TO REMEMBER

choose-greatnessThere are no adequate words.  All there is, is to join the chorus of acclamation that President Trump last night (2/05) delivered to Congress and America the greatest State of the Union address ever in our history.

There are simply too many quotes and moments to mention here.  Below you can watch it entire – whether you watched it last night or not, it will blow you away – but first some observations and the best memes.

The domination of the President over the Democrats in the House Chamber was overwhelming.  They were headlighted-deer stunned to find they were attending a Trump Rally – and joining in, chanting USA! USA! USA!

There were moments when you cried, when you laughed, when you cheered and shouted with joy – and those when you just shook your head in smiling amazement, as when the entire US Congress, Joint Chiefs of Staff, Presidential Cabinet, and Supreme Court Justices joined in singing “Happy Birthday” to Holocaust survivor Judah Samet, celebrating his 81st birthday after surviving a mass shooting at a Pittsburgh synagogue last October.

So here’s a collection of quotes and memes to enjoy.

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THE ROUTE TO KANCHENJUNGA

Kanchenjunga ©2019 Jack Wheeler

Kanchenjunga ©2019 Jack Wheeler

Last week in our exploration of the highest summits of the Himalayas, we ended our Route to Everest at the Red Hat Tibetan Tengboche monastery.

Having now been to world’s 6th, 4th, and highest mountain of all – Cho Oyo, Lhotse, and Everest -- this week we continue on to the giants of Makalu – the world’s 5th at 8,485m/27,838ft – and Kanchenjunga – 3rd highest on earth at 8,585m/28,168ft.

height-of-himalayan-giants Get ready for a photographic extravaganza – many of these pics might take your breath away.  Like the one above – the entire ridge line you see is over 8,000 meters, over 26,000 feet.  I took it in one of our ultra-high altitude helicopters at 23,000 feet.

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HALF-FULL REPORT 02/01/19

Natural color NASA Sat Photo of the Great Lakes January 27, 2018

Natural color NASA Sat Photo of the Great Lakes January 27, 2019

How cold is it?  It’s so cold that, the New York Post joked about “AOC “(Alexandria Occasional-Cortex)  on its cover yesterday (1/31):

aoc-in-her-pockets It’s so cold that this morning’s headline (2/01) is for real:  Lake Michigan Has Completely Frozen Over.

Nonetheless, Occasional-Cortex and her Fascicrat ilk went bananas in rage (is there any other emotion they feel?) when POTUS made fun of their religion:

trump-tweet-012819 Yet their demented Warmist fanaticism is merely one path of many in their descent into madness this week, in which Democrats have become a party of Psychotic Fascism.  No longer a political party but a criminally evil gang bereft of any morality, just thuggish hate and lust for fascist power.

The question of the moment then becomes:  What will the President do about this in his State of the Union Address four days from now this Tuesday (2/05)?

 

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THE ROUTE TO EVEREST

Ngozumpa Glacier – Khumbu Himalaya ©2019 Jack Wheeler

Ngozumpa Glacier – Khumbu Himalaya ©2019 Jack Wheeler

Everyone has heard of the Himalayas and Mount Everest in particular. Yet most everyone has only a vague understanding of the most famous and highest mountain range on earth, and where the great mountains among them are in relation to each other.

Over the next three weeks, your understanding will become clear, no longer vague. This week, we’ll explore the route to Everest.

The Himalayas form a 1,500 mile-long arc from Namche Barwa in Chinese Tibet in the east to Nanga Parbat in Pakistan in the west.  But it is in the center of the arc, in Nepal that the great Himalayan giants are found, including Mount Everest.

Four of the highest – Cho Oyu, Everest, Lhotse, and Makalu – on the border with Chinese Tibet. Thus, you can trek to or climb them from either the Nepali (south) or Tibetan (north) side.

This week, we’ll explore the route to Everest and its sister peak of Lhotse via Cho Oyu in Nepal. From Cho Oyu flows the largest glacier in the Nepali Himalayas, the giant Ngozumpa Glacier which has a series of beautiful lakes, the Gokyo Lakes, alongside. That’s what you see in the photo above.

Looking to your right, you see the fifth Gokyo Lake and the source of the Ngozumpa, the 6th highest mountain on earth at 8,201 meters, Cho Oyu, the Turquoise Goddess in Tibetan. Up close, the sight is overwhelming.

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HALF-FULL REPORT 01/25/19

Nick Sandmann – HFR Hero of the Week

Nick Sandmann – HFR Hero of the Week

Look at his eyes.  There is no fear in his eyes.  That’s the reason for the pathological hate.  Nick Sandmann is our Rosa Parks.

Just as she became an icon of resistance to the anti-black racism of the Democrat Jim Crow South in the 1950s, The Sandmann is now our icon of resistance to the anti-white racism of the Fascist Democrat Party and the Fascist Media today.

Look at his fearless eyes.  Look at his pleasant smile.  It’s not a “smirk” – it’s an expression of a friendly kid, who’s confidant in himself.  He’s saying silently, “It’s okay to be white, I have no apologies for who I am, and I refuse to sit in the back of your anti-white racist bus.”

This morning (1/25) we published Nick Sandmann’s statement, What Happened at the Lincoln Memorial.  Obviously a must-read.

On Wednesday (1/23), young Nick was interviewed by Savannah Guthrie on NBC’s Today show.  She started right out asking Nick to apologize and admit the episode was his fault.  He refused, saying “I had every right to stand there,” and “I cannot say I’m sorry.”

This 16 year-old boy has more spine than the majority of Republicans in Congress put together.  Here’s the lesson Nick Sandmann has to teach all of us who love America against those who hate us and it:

stand-your-ground

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TOMORROW FINALLY IS TODAY IN SOUTH AMERICA

America’s Trump, Brazil’s Bolsonaro, Venezuela’s Guaidó

America’s Trump, Brazil’s Bolsonaro, Venezuela’s Guaidó

The old joke about Brazil – “It’s the country of tomorrow, and always will be” – applies to a tragic degree to the entire continent of South America.  So much potential never realized, with the single exception of Chile.

Suddenly, literally overnight – meaning last night, Wednesday January 23 – the tomorrow that never comes has arrived at long last.

It’s like a massive earthquake with the pressure building up between two tectonic plates, building up, building up, then suddenly the plates slip with the surface of the earth shifting dramatically in an instant.

That just happened in Venezuela. It’s the death of Marxism in South America.  And it’s thanks to President Donald Trump.  Oh, and it’s the death of Castro Communist Cuba as well.

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HALF-FULL REPORT 01/18/19

pelosi-flight-postponement-letterMy ribs are sore.  Every time I see this immortal letter and all the attendant media frenzy around it, I can’t stop belly laughing.

For example – Pelosi’s taxpayer-paid junket was unannounced, the public knew nothing about it, so when POTUS blew the whistle, he exposed it but waited until the Dems were in the bus on the way to Andrews:

send-the-letter Undiluted Ronrico Purple Label 151 Proof humiliation.  Here we go…

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THE REPUBLICAN PARTY HAS JUST COMMITTED SUICIDE

Congressman King addressing Congress, January 11, 2019

Congressman King addressing Congress, January 11, 2019

On Thursday January 10, the New York Times ran one of its typical smear attacks on a prominent conservative Republican.  It was as fully dishonest and demagogic as usual, using the GOPer as a foil to smear the President and further the Times’ agenda of destroying our country.

This time the target was Iowa Congressman Steve King, and you can see the real target and the narrative in the headline: Before Trump, Steve King Set the Agenda for the Wall and Anti-Immigrant Politics.

It was a blatantly biased hit piece – immediately apparent in the headline, for “anti-immigrant politics” does not exist, not in Steve’s, not in President Trump’s, not in those of the GOP.  Theirs are “anti-illegal-immigrant politics,” a 180-degree difference that the Slimes purposefully ignores.

Yet it had precisely the effect intended five days later.  At 3:26pm Eastern Standard Time on January 15, 2019, the Republican Party died – cause of death: suicide.  Here’s what happened and why.

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