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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.

Detouring deliberately

Click on photos to enlarge. Rule seven says to choose a direction rather than a destination.  You should be open to what life offers. Driving from Florida to Pennsylvania, we took extra time in order to arrive refreshed and better … Continue reading

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Sand Sculpting Championship, Fort Myers Beach, Florida

Kids, get your buckets ready.  It’s time to make sand castles like you’ve never seen before. Fort Myers Beach, Florida is wide, the sand is soft, the water is shallow, and the town is family friendly. From November 17 to … Continue reading

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Why Southwest United States cliff dwellers left their homes

The mystery is solved.  I believe I know why the ancient Southwest cliff dwellers left their homes. We first visited Mesa Verde in 1981.  There were many possible reasons given why these people, now referred to as Ancestral Puebloan People, … Continue reading

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Nantahala River, N.C.

The Nantahala River flows through that narrow point of North Carolina that sticks out between Tennesee and Georgia. Nantahala actually shows up on Google Maps although there is not much of a permanent community there. We once took a raft … Continue reading

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Hillside Farms Market

We have friends who have a home in North Carolina with a wonderful view  We love them, we love their view, and we visit whenever we can. Preferring back roads when we head to North Carolina, we frequently pass Hillside … Continue reading

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Windsor Hotel, Americus, Georgia

Wandering into the Windsor Hotel on a Friday night, I overheard the clerk tell someone only a few “smoking queen rooms” were available on Saturday.  There are no universities in Americus, Georgia, so I asked our waitress in the pub … Continue reading

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Paul Anderson was able to lift a record 6,270 pounds.

Going north through central Georgia, we stopped to see Toccoa Falls.  The falls were closed to the public that day, but a side-trip took us to see a statue of the amazing weightlifter, Paul Anderson, born in Toccoa on 17 … Continue reading

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