Ladies Night -
Chuck Jonkey Exotic Sonic Safari to Morocco & India
A Sonic Safari to Morocco & India.
Composer/adventurer Chuck Jonkey takes us on an amazing adventure through Morocco and rural India as Chuck searches for tribal culture.
From a pilgrimage around a sacred Shiva mountain to a visit to the upper reaches of the Ganges,
Chuck digs into the meat of fascinating worlds...
performing with Gnawa musicians and even filming the "Laughing Club" of Bombay.
Don't miss this adventure!
Chuck Jonkey with Berber Marrakesh
Chuck Jonkey is an adventurer / composer / musician / filmmaker who transforms his wild experiences into sound, music and film.
Chuck's exotic adventures have taken him to the furthest reaches of primitive worlds.
Referred to as an "ethnomusicianthropologist" Chuck travels around the world in search of adventure among the world’s most isolated tribal groups.
His expeditions have taken him to the deep Amazon and rainforests of Thailand, Costa Rica, Guatemala, Brazil, Colombia, Indonesia, Peru and Mexico.
Chuck’s travels have also taken him to West Africa, French Polynesia, Russia, China, India and many other countries.
Chuck is the owner of the independent record label Sonic Safari Music.
He has produced and published over 100 CDs of exotic music as well as producing several TV shows and documentaries.
Chuck is the host of "Exotic Worlds" TV show
2nd General Business Meeting followed by:
Rick Flores - Cambodia: First Impressions
In February of 2012 Rick took his first trip to Cambodia where he met fellow Club member Pierre Odier,
who had published "Cambodia Angkor: A Lasting Legacy" just the year before.
They spent the next week in Phnom Penh and Siem Reap.
While there they visited the Choeung Ek Genocidal Center to see a Killing Field, the most interesting temples in the Angkor Wat Park System,
the Cambodian National Museum, the Banteaysrey Butterfly Center, and a floating city on Tonle Sap Lake.
The most exciting part of the trip was arranged by fellow club member Bill Morse and CNN Hero of the Year recipient
Aki Ra who both live in Siem Reap.
Rick and Pierre accompanied them and the Cambodian Self Help De-mining team on a de-mining operation in the countryside outside of Siem Reap.
All told Rick experienced some incredible first impressions of a beautiful country with a rich and sometimes tragic history.
Namibia has only been a country for 22 years.
In that time it has taken a novel approach to conservation by allowing man to live together with wildlife.
Last year Adventurers' Club member Alan Feldstein, as owner of Infinite Safari Adventures,
was one of 10 companies selected by the Namibian Tourist Board to visit Namibia with the idea of bringing clients there.
It was an incredible trip with interaction with the Himba people,
tracking desert adapted elephants and rhinos, and the honor of meeting the legendary Garth Owen-Smith the father of conservancy in Namibia.
After that trip Alan went on to stay at the Cheetah Conservation Fund with
Dr. Laurie Marker and where he got to meet cheetahs up close and personal.
That event led to his recent appointment to the Board of Trustees of CCF.
Alan will tell about his experience in Namibia as well as a true adventure in Tanzania where he traveled afterwards.
Chester the Cheetah
Chester was one of 4 male orphans that were released in the wild reserve
Adventure Club member Alan Feldstein is the owner of Infinite Safari Adventures
providing safaris and adventures for people who want to go to Africa to see wildlife,
go on adventures and have experiences that can have a profound effect on their lives.
His company motto and his life philosophy is: "Someday Is Now!"
In addition to his safari company,
for the last several years Alan has assisted with the funding of a college education for a Maasai warrior to
attend college in Nairobi as a way of "giving back" to Africa.
Together Alan and he have recently started a project where the women of the village are creating Maasai beaded dog collars.
Proceeds will be used to pay school tuition for the children of the village.
Another part of his giving back is as a member of the Board of Trustees of the Cheetah Conservation Fund.
Roy Roush Ghost Towns and Mining Camps of the Great Southwest - Part I
Since the early 60’s and on until the 1990’s Roy Roush #864 used his hobby of gold mining and prospecting to explore,
document and metal detect what is truly western gold lore of California history.
Roy will share with us a historical account of former towns and mining camps visited;
Sagimore, Copper Queen, Tumco, Calico, Ballarat, Panamint, Skidoo, Swansee, Harguilla and more.
Imagine the year 1849 when one million men advanced on California in search of gold.
Then prior to WWII the Manpower Wars Act was enacted requiring all non essential men to work towards the war efforts.
Hundreds upon hundreds of mines were quickly abandoned to become forgotten places.
Roy will share with us through pictures his collection of old coins, jewelry and other artificats found over his prospecting years.
He will also recount how he and a friend found the Lost Arch Mine, one of California's great hidden bonanzas,
that is rumored to exist somewhere in the rugged Turtle Mountains of extreme southeastern California.
The Lost Arch Mine is said to be the richest placer deposit of gold ever discovered in the mountains of the Mohave Desert.
The Turtle Mountains rise up from the desert floor some 25 miles west of Lake Havasu.
The range is highly weathered and dissected.
It is surrounded by a thick apron of alluvium which grades downward into the adjacent valley floors.
The Turtle Mountains extend from the area just north of Mohawk Spring southwards for nearly 25 miles to Rice.
The range is bounded on the west by Ward Valley and the salt beds of (dry) Danby Lake.
The Chemehuevi Valley bounds the Turtles on the northeast while Vidal Valley forms the southeastern boundary.
To the south, the mountains descend into Rice Valley.
A number of accounts exist of the Lost Arch Mine and Roy will share with us his account.
(Somewhere in the mountains they stumbled onto an incredibly rich placer deposit of gold.
The Mexicans worked the placer long enough to construct an arch-shaped structure to live in) now named Lost Arch Mine.
Other prospectors have scoured the Turtle Mountains in search of the legendary placer but none have found it.
It remains one of California's most famous lost mines.