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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.

When the river is too shallow: Utah Highway 279

We took boats twice on the Colorado River south of Moab to the edge of Canyonlands National Park.  We wanted to do it again.  But Colorado and Utah had been in a prolonged drought, and the river was too low … Continue reading

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A bad day in the mountains is still a good day.

Friends have a sign in their kitchen that reads “A bad day in mountains is still a good day.”  It came to mind in Durango, Colorado.  Alie was ill and could not go with me on the Durango & Silverton … Continue reading

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Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park

Carved by the Gunnison River in Western Colorado, the Black Canyon is just 40 feet wide at its narrowest point. Its walls vary in height from just over 1800 feet to over 2700 feet.  It is not the deepest canyon … Continue reading

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One man’s dream: Colorado National Monument

Once again, we came upon the power of one person [or perhaps a few] to make a difference to a community.  We had seen it at the Hubble Trading Post where Hubble made a difference to the local Navajos, in … Continue reading

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From a circle on a map to a spectacular drive.

We think Colorado has so many spectacular drives that if they marked them all “scenic,” the entire state map would be dotted roads.  Perhaps, Colorado’s 131, 133 and 134 are only scenic in the fall. In Montrose, Alie noticed roads … Continue reading

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A walk in the woods: Rocky Mountain National Park

Alie enjoys a walk in the woods.  That is our term for any time away from crowds in a natural setting, be it a forest, a meadow or even a beach. Getting away from people our first day in Rocky … Continue reading

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Rocky Mountain high

U.S. 34 through Rocky Mountain Park takes one over the highest point on any U.S. highway, 12,183 feet [3713 meters].  I drove it in June 1964.  I don’t have great pictures from that drive, but I have great memories of … Continue reading

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