Bobby's 2012 Excursion to Mr. Rushmore with Alicia Just this summer, Bobby and his eldest daughter Alicia did some more Road Scholar travel. This expedition kept them in the United States; they went through badlands, goodlands and even some in-betweenlands as the braved the South Dakota summer trekking through Mt. Rushmore.
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The grand Mt. Rushmore President's Sculpture.
Bobby and Alicia pose with a Native American of the Lakota nation.
A smaller version of what will be the Chief Crazy Horse Statue at Mt. Rushmore
Once this Crazy Horse Sculpture is complete, it will dwarf the Presidents.
The Rushmore Dudes at night!!! PAAAARRRRTTTTTYYYY!!!!
They don't call 'em Badlands fer nuthin, Homesteaders.
Another view of the bad, bad lands of South Dakota
The Homestead of TV's favorite family, the Browns. Notice how time has not dimmed the splendor of this opulent home
Alicia and Bob audition to include their busts on Rushmore. It's a longshot, but...
OK, it's important to read this initial Homestead Act sign, also known as 'The Set-Up Sign'.
The previous sign sets up this 'Homestead Act Punch-Line Sign'. Now THAT'S comedy!
Alicia tries on the very fashionista-friendly Bison Hat. And while she looks Absolutely Fabulous in it, she provided it as a gift to her darling brother.
Bobby and a fake robotic donkey. Bobby tried to pitch the idea of a follow-up to Will Smith's sci-fi hit that would be called "I, robotic donkey", but couldn't get it funded. Hollywood can be SO fickle!
A Bison Mom and her young... what? kid? cub? Dang, I'm going to have to check with Google... another 8 seconds out of my life...
Alicia and a fake robotic horse. It would work better as sequel to 'I, robot' than the donkey.
The Washington portion of the Mt. Rushmore sculpture.
After visiting this store Bobby made a new rule: from now on, you can only refer to him as 'Buffalo Bob'.
Bobby's 2011 Jaunt to Turkey with Alicia In 2011, Bobby and his eldest daughter Alicia again traveled together, this time to Turkey.
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Bobby and Alicia obstructing the view of the "bizarre, lunar-like landscape" in Cappadocia, Turkey. The "bizarre" quote was taken straight from Road Scholar
literature. Those roadies sure have a way with words.
Alicia at the mausoleum of Ataturk in Ankara, Turkey. She's standing guard over a Turkish dude with OCD. Really, who stands like that?
Alicia & Bobby keep their hands and arms inside the ride at all times. This particular time, it's to tour the skies over Cappadocia.
Check out this great silhouette!
One free dragon sculpture to the person who can correctly identify the shadow of Bobby or Alicia.
Hot Air Balloons over the lunar landscape that is Cappadocia. More Roadie quotes: These formations were "created by the geological working of time, water, wind and rivers on the Turkish surface."
I DIG these Roadie Lit guys!
"Wind, weather and whimsy play equal roles in tracking a tapestry of turbid travel over this portion of our parched, paltry planet."
Take THAT, Road Scholar Dudes! Never considered alliteration, did you? DID YOU?!?!
The description of the Sultanhani Caravanserai of Aksaray. A caravanserai was a sort of roadside inn (Think of it as a13th century version of a Motel 6, only nicer).
From Wikipedia: 'Most typically a caravanserai was a building with a square or rectangular walled exterior, with a single portal wide enough to permit large or heavily laden beasts such as camels to enter.'
This particular caravanserai was built
by Alaattin Keykubat in 1229.
Alicia and Bob stand at the entrance of the Sultanhani Caranvanserai of Aksaray.
The Amphitheater of Aspendos, a well-preserved Roman theater near the town of Antalya.
This production of Macbeth only drew a few dozen fans. Back in '99 Bono filled the house. He thought he was killing it until the fans yelled "Freebird!!!! Play Freebird!!!!"
A new-born Turkish Camel (Better that then a Camelish Turkey). And where's its mother, you may ask? Who knows? Good Question! Bobby and Alicia were remiss in not reporting this to Camel Protective Services, if you ask me.
Alicia, braving the perilous waters of Turkey in a kayak.
How does she do it, you ask? She trains by participating in marathons! Her next one? Just a hop, skip, and jump away in Jerusalem.
Bobby and Alicia at the entrance of the Palace of Topkapi, in Istanbul. This is the best reproduction we could find, our 'Top Copy'.
Get it? Top Copy? Topkapi? That's comedy our Turkish pals would be proud to call their own!
The long, brutal walk to Ephesus. Many stories were told, and many lives changed, during this journey. Would this unspeakably long trek be worth it? Check out the image to the right.
These ruins (Not as well-kept as the Aspendos Amphitheater) are in Ephesus, the best-preserved classical city on the Mediterranean coast (According to our favorite Road Scholar wordsmiths).
The Blue Mosque at Sunset.
Also known as "Sultanahmet Camii" (At least it is according to a bookmark Bobby came home with from Istanbul. And if you can't trust a bookmark, who can you trust?
How much would you pay for these bowls from the Bazaar in Istanbul? $50 each? $40 each? How about
$30 FOR ALL THREE THOUSAND?!?! (Just pay shipping and handling).
Click this image for a fascinating video about Istanbul. Note: the video is NOT about Constantinople!
A view of Greenland, from the flight home. This particular aeroplane features cutting-edge, 21st-century jet engine technology.
Bob's 2009 South Africa Expedition In October of 2009, our intrepid Explorer Bob braved the wilds of South Africa to learn hunting, gathering, and partying by watching how the wild animals do it in their natural habitat. Unfortunately, he spent too little time with lions and elephants, and far too much time with warthogs and dungbeetles. While Bob's relatives re-train him on appropriate social behavior, please enjoy Bob's travel photography chronicling his expedition.
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Travel Photography of Bob & Alicia: The Icelandic Chronicles 2008 In June of this 2008, Robert George made perhaps his most ambitious trip to date, not because he traveled to the most remote areas of the Northern frontier, but because he brought his oldest daughter, Alicia, along with him.
Take a look at the following images as Bob and Alicia bathe in the soothing waters of the Blue Lagoon, thrill to the sights and sounds of Iceland, Svarlbard & Norway, and throttle each other for taking too long in the bathroom.
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Both Bleiers wearing their oh-so-hip and with-it Hoodies! Could they POSSIBLY be any cooler?!?
NO!! I DON'T think so!!!!
The infamous "Blue Lagoon" of Iceland. Bobby went in a shriveled 82 year old, and came out with skin as soft as a baby's tushie!
Puffins in Flight. We'll bet you didn't even know they could fly. If fact, we'll bet you didn't even know they existed outside of television commercials for breakfast cereal.
A fish Ladder in Iceland (this one is non-collapsible).
The Vigeland Sculpture in Norway. Muse for one of Robert's sculptures.
The intrepid ship "Endeavour" (or the endeavourous ship "Intrepid").
Home to Robert and Alicia during their journey.
A Fjord near Longyearbyen (too awesome a view for a throw-away one-liner).
Another awe-inspiring view, this one of the falls in Iceland.
A leisurely walk through the Lava Fields.
A geo-thermal event, or an MRI of Bobby's stomach after an authentic Icelandic meal.
Dr. Bleier believes that if you look at this long enough, you'll see the Eyeballs of Trolls staring back at you. We don't see it either.
Fjord Number 300 (Collect the Whole Set!!!).
Svalbard's only 5-star Hotel. No seriously, it was written up favorably in "Zagats". Was Too!!
Travel Photographs from Bobby's 2007 Antarctic Expedition/Easter Island Extravaganza These travel images chronicle Dr. Bob's 2007 expedition, this one to the southernmost reaches of the planet, so remote, so cut off from civilization, that one must sometimes walk 5 blocks before finding a McDonalds or Starbucks!
Join Bob (renamed Dances with Penguins by the native population) as he locates previously unchronicled destinations, intermingles with previously undocumented species, and invites a large granite figure from Rapa Nui over the next time it's in Southern California.
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Resplendent in his 'Members Only' Red Jacket, Bob takes on the Balmy Antarctic.
Bobby doesn't go for Animated features, so he called this Image 'Great Feat'. Don't worry, we don't get it either.
Two Penguins Walk into a Bar...
A Magellanic Penguin, so named due to the Tattoo of Ferdinand on it's butt.
A Simply Breathtaking View...
Rapa Nui Quiz; which of these Stone Sentries ISN'T the life of the Party?
Initially somewhat aloof, this guy warmed up to Bob and promised to visit next... wait for it... EASTER! Get IT?!?! Now, THAT's Comedy!!!
A Pod of Rapa Nui Stone Sentries, standing lonely Vigil against the Sunrise.
More Sentries, Standing a Somewhat Less Lonely Vigil, against a Similarly Sunrise-y Backdrop.
A Rapa Nui Seascape.
Travel Photography of Bobby's 2005 Trip to Alaska's Inner Passage Here are some images from Bobby's 2005 journey into Alaska, including the Inner Passage & Tracy Arm (And yes, the requisite "I used to date Tracy Arm in High School" joke has been beaten to death since his return...).
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Bob bundled against the elements (Also works for Overnight Shipping).
Whales Feeding near Tracy Arm (Insert your obligatory dinner table etiquette joke here).
Wow. And we didn't even Photoshop it to look better!
Navy SEALs preparing for an Extraction Mission (Or other cruise participants taking pictures of a Glacier, I forget which)
The 'Sea Bird' (Budget version of a Luxury Liner).
Nice Water Shot (I don't always get to name the pictures).