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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.

A Blue Hawaii on Kauai

Elvis Presley’s film Blue Hawaii was filmed at the Coco Palms Resort on the island of Kauaʻi.  The resort, built in 1953 on the site of an 1896 coconut plantation, was managed by Grace Buscher. Buscher made the resort a … Continue reading

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Begin with United States National Parks, Part One

I recently read a post by a well-traveled foreign blogger who referred the the United States as ecologically “dead.”  He had visited the U.S. — Miami, New York and Los Angeles — and somehow thought he had seen the United … Continue reading

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Cardboard Boat Regatta, Cape Coral, Florida

Looking back while moving forward – As I winnow out a bunch of old photographs, here is a look back. Among pandemic’s victims is Cape Coral’s annual Cardboard Boat Regatta which had been scheduled in April; it would have been … Continue reading

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Simple pleasures

Bloggers have taught me a lot about India.  But recently, this young Indian woman wrote about using the quieter time now forced on us to find “immense satisfaction and happiness in small little things of life.” https://neelstoria.wordpress.com/2020/04/30/lockdown-moments-evening-morning-squirrel-bird/ I had not … Continue reading

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Gila Cliff Dwellings, National Monument, New Mexico

Looking back while moving forward.  As I winnow out a bunch of old photographs, here is a look back. We spent about three weeks wandering around southern New Mexico in 2005 creating many great memories.  As I write this, travel … Continue reading

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Watching the launch of the Hubble Space Telescope

As I winnow out a bunch of old photographs, here is a look back. Today, 24 April 2020, is the thirtieth anniversary of the launch of the Hubble Space Telescope. Two fortunate circumstances intersected in April 1990 to give Alie … Continue reading

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Vietnam War Memorial, Washington, D.C.

Many people have written about the Vietnam War Memorial in Washington, D.C.  This post is a suggestion if you decide to visit that memorial or see one of the traveling copies. The most recent statistics say seventy one percent of … Continue reading

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