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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.

More Miscellaneous scenes from our Fall 2018 trip

Here are some more scenes from our fall 2018 drive around the U.S.  Click on photos to enlarge.  Hit the back button to go back to the post. “King” Solomon was the Lexington town drunk who became a hero when he … Continue reading

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Buffalo Bill Cody: the truth behind the “fake news”

We visited the Buffalo Bill Museum, part of the Buffalo Bill Center of The West, in Cody, Wyoming. William F. Cody was a showman and performer for much of his life. “Dime novels” and “pulp fiction” told tales about his … Continue reading

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Buffalo Bill Center of the West: Cody, Wyoming

Generally we follow Rule 7 above and move in a direction not to a destination.  After leaving the Wisconsin, we were moving in the direction of Cody.  Or it might be Cody was a destination.  We had been there before, … Continue reading

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Medicine Wheel / Medicine Mountain National Historic Landmark, Wyoming

I first read about the Medicine Wheel in the 1970s.  It was around then we began to occasionally read novels by Louis L’Amour, simple “westerns” without much literary value that provided relief from the daily grind.  They were better than … Continue reading

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Little Bighorn Battlefield National Monument, Montana

We were heading down U.S. 212 to I-90 in Montana on our way to Sheridan. I am sure readers of this blog tire from repeated statements that we avoid Interstate highways because they are boring.  But we take them occasionally. … Continue reading

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Theodore Roosevelt National Park, North Dakota.

Theodore Roosevelt visited the Dakota Territory for months at a time between 1883 and 1886.  Unlike the badlands of South Dakota, this area was good for ranching,  It had open range with lots of grass on the plateaus and valleys … Continue reading

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November-33 “Ace In The Hole”, Cooperstown Idaho

While driving across North Dakota, we saw a sign for the November-33 Minuteman Missile Site. The Ronald Reagan Minuteman Missile State Historic Site near Cooperstown, Idaho reminds us of Cold War threats and fears.  November-33, was one of 150 sites … Continue reading

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