• Logan Whitney

April Adventure Wrap-up

Updated: May 1

It's been a hell of a couple weeks. New Mexico is going full-bore with the dust and pollen. My seasonal allergies started out normal, but quickly ramped up in a sinus infection from which I am just now beginning to feel normal again. On top of that, there are at least three major wildfires in the state, with smoke filtering down on the wind. It's miserable and has made my mind a cloud of fog. There hasn't been any substantial writing done, since I've been focused on my basic functions and blowing my nose. Regardless, I've collected some tasty headlines that might serve as inspiration or at least be of interest to the other adventurers out there.

As I noted earlier this month, Darwin's missing notebooks have been returned to the Cambridge Library. Who stole them and for what purpose? The world may never know.

Archeologists have discovered an Egyptian Temple (in Egypt) baring the name of the Greek God Zeus, changing the notion that temples to the God only existed in Greece proper.

Scientists in Argentina have unearthed fossil evidence of a previously unknown raptor species, seemingly the largest dinosaur of its kind.

Physicists are able to explore chambers hidden within the Great Pyramid by following the paths of a certain subatomic particle.

Archeologists in Guatemala have discovered fragments of a Mayan Calendar older than any previously found. So old, in fact, the written Mayan language was still being developed.

For Earth Day, National Geographic and Disney partnered to release a wonderful documentary film called "The Last Tepui". It follows a teams of climbers, including Alex Honnold of "Free Solo" fame, as they attempt to collect samples of endemic frog species from the cliff face of one of Venezuela's famous Tepuis. It is available for steaming on Disney+.

Archeologists have opened a human shaped coffin found beneath the burned ruins of the Notre Dame Cathedral, revealing the remains of a 14th Century Church Official.

Ancient bones found in a cave may reveal the reason that our human ancestors turned to cannibalism.

Among the many wildfires plaguing the United States, the Tunnel Fire near Flagstaff, AZ has garnered my personal attention. I have had the pleasure of working with one of the Fire Archeologists aiding the firefighters in protecting important sites threatened by the blaze. Unfortunately, years of mismanaged forest, funding cuts, irresponsible humans, and unpredictable climate change means that large fires will continue to be part of our lives for the foreseeable future.

There have also been a couple entertainment releases that may be of interest.

Author Aaron Cummins has released his debut novel, "The Cartographer's Guild and the Search for the Jade Mask", on Amazon. The story follow the eponymous Guild on an Indiana Jones-esque 1930's style pulp adventure across Asia Minor. It is available for both Kindle and in Paperback.

The film "Uncharted" based off the acclaimed video game series, starring Tom Holland and Mark Wahlberg, is now available for purchase via Amazon. While miscast and a strange amalgamation of various game plots that leaves me curious about sequel intentions, this is still a fun adventure spectacle that is worth the price of admission.

James Rollins has just released his newest entry in the Sigma Force series, "Kingdom of Bones". Fans of the author can expect the usual globe-trotting science thrills, with the added addition of favorite human/canine duo Tucker and Kane. You can find this title wherever books are sold.

That's it for April. I'm sure I missed some things, so if you know of an interesting topic, please feel free to leave a comment and drop a link. I'm feeling much better than I was at this time last week, so hopefully my fog will clear and allow for some good writing soon.

Good luck and Godspeed.

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