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About ralietravels

Ray and Alie (Ralie) are a retired couple who love to travel. Even during our working years, we squeezed a trip in whenever we could, often when we had to stretch the budget to do so. We have been fortunate to vacation in all 50 states, all the provinces of Canada and one territory and a little more than 50 countries. We like to drive, but we particularly love to travel back roads to find unusual sights, people, and experiences.

Miscellaneous scenes: Fall 2018

We saw too many things on our fall trip to write about them all.  Here is a selection of some that I chose not to write more about. From Dublin, Ohio:  Are these rabbits dancing because there is gigantic corn … Continue reading

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An amazing model train, Baraboo, WI: Circus World Part 3

Joseph J. Kaspar, an Emmy-winning NBC television engineer, spent years researching the 1947 Ringling Bros. and Barnum and Bailey Circus train.  He collected 1105 photographs.  Remarkably, he also obtained the original conductor’s notebook listing all the cars and what they … Continue reading

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Circus World: Part 2, The Wagons

Circus World in Baraboo, Wisconsin has over 200 Circus Wagons, the largest collection of this type in the world.  They are from many circuses including but not limited to the Cole Bros., Buffalo Bill Cody’s Wild West Show, and the … Continue reading

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Visiting the circus [Circus World, Part I]

Before video games, before the Internet, before TV and radio, and even before Hollywood, there was the circus. Initially circuses had a reputation for fraud and crime.  But five of the surviving six sons of Wisconsin immigrant Augustus Ringling, were … Continue reading

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My most recent post was on the International Crane Foundation.  This photo has nothing to do with cranes but was taken while visiting there using the telephoto zoom — and I regard it an amazing stroke of luck.

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Whooping it up in Wisconsin

A brochure in our motel in Baraboo, Wisconsin for the International Crane Foundation caught our attention.  It calls itself “the only place on Earth where you can see all 15 of the world’s crane species.” Stopping in on our way … Continue reading

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A ride back in time at Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin

Scenery in the Wisconsin Dells did for the town what Dolly Parton did for Pigeon Forge, Tennessee.  Both towns grew up kitschy, tacky, wonderful for kids and fun.  The Dells, however, are just beautiful and worth a visit by anyone.  … Continue reading

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