Tass Thacker

Tass Thacker
Topics: Education, History, Visual Art
Communities: Rapid City
Program Types: Speakers Bureau

Images of the World
Rapid City, SD
iow@hills.net | (605) 348-3432

Please see fellow scholar, Bruce Junek, for introduction video.

World Bicycle Tour
Our most multi-cultural program
• Junek and Thacker bicycle through 23 countries over a 26-month period
• 14,000 miles, 23 countries, 42 flat tires
• US, Fiji, N Zealand, Australia, South-east Asia, Nepal, India, Mid-East, Europe; penguins,      kangaroos, orangutans, & Asian rhinoceros - among 13 animal species
• Maoris, Aborigines, and Thai hill tribes among the indigenous groups encountered
• 32-day hike to Mount Everest in Nepal, experience Hindu, Muslim and Sikh hospitality in India

Rainforests and Maya Ruins
Hispanic culture and history
• Ten different journeys over a thirty-year period
• Mexico, Guatemala, Belize, Honduras, Nicaragua and Costa Rica
• Three-month bicycle tour, snorkeling trips, ocean kayaking trips
• Numerous explorations of Maya ruins and pyramids
• Maya culture today, the largest group of Native Americans in North America
• Day of the Dead and other traditional festivals
• Religious celebrations, folk art and colorful highland markets

Volcanoes of the World
Our most science-based program
• Learn about the various types of volcanic rock found around the world
• 12 different journeys over a 31-year period - Africa, Asia, North America, Central America, South America, and Pacific Islands
• Wild horses, giant tortoises and humpback whales - among 29 animal species
• Erupting volcanoes, extinct volcanoes, rock climbing volcanic formations
• Includes cultures and customs of each country en route to the volcanoes
• Student favorite among programs

Land of the Dragon
3 ½ months bicycling across China
• Visit Beijing, Hong Kong and other cities to see the growth of modern China
• Visit many colorful ethnic villages, markets and celebrations in the countryside
• Explore Great Wall in eastern mountains and in the western Gobi Desert
• Visit lowland rainforests and the mountains of the Tibetan plateau
• Eat Chinese food three meals a day
• See giant pandas, red pandas, monkeys, camels, yaks, and water buffalo

African Safari
Four-month bicycling safari through South Africa, Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Zambia and Lesotho
• Leopard, cheetah, crocodiles and penguins - among 35 animal species
• Visit to prison where Nelson Mandela was held for 27 years
• Stay with Himba tribes who have never seen bicycles and enjoy a ride
• Displays works of Zimbabwe artists and sculptors
• Special emphasis on artistry of hand-built houses with bright colors and patterns