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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.

Glass Pumpkin Festival, Laurelville, Ohio

We didn’t meet Jack Pine, but I believe he is truly an artist.  We have seen glass pumpkins in Corning, New York, and we own one from the Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens in Columbus, but Pine’s are more … Continue reading

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We are back [sort of]

As I mentioned in my most recent post back in May, health issues have prevented us from traveling for almost a year now. But early this month we were able to make a short overnight trip to a memorial service … Continue reading

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Our first backroads adventure: Zion, the finale.

We did not know it then, but 1997 was a great time to visit Zion National Park.  We were able to drive into the park.  It was not crowded on the trails, and at points, we were even able to … Continue reading

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Our first backroads adventure, part eight: the North Rim of the Grand Canyon.

As we were still gainfully employed and our vacation time was limited, we moved quickly on from Bryce Canyon National Park to Kanab, then through the beautiful high meadows of the Kaibab Forest to the North Rim of the Grand … Continue reading

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Our first backroads adventure, part seven: Bryce Canyon.

For the most part, the remainder of our trip was on main roads, but often the “main roads” were two-lane paved roads that would be considered back roads in most of the country. For instance, Utah 12 from Capitol Reef … Continue reading

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Our first backroads adventure; part six: good roads and great scenery.

Once we left the Tavaputz Plateau, we encountered just a few dirt roads, but the scenery was fabulous. Heading South, we passed through Helper, so named because coal trains required a “helper locomotive” to get over the mountain. There is … Continue reading

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Our first backroads adventure, part five: we drive over one hundred miles on unpaved roads and trails.

We wanted to visit Randlett, Utah, a post office near the Ute First Americans tribal headquarters in Fort Duchesne. Randlett was named for a very distant relative who was an Indian Agent in the 1800s and probably sold whiskey to … Continue reading

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Our first backroads adventure, part 4: Moab and vicinity.

This part of our 1997 trip was often on small roads, but they were principal routes in the part of Utah where we were travelling. Leaving Canyonlands, we headed north and passed Wilson’s Arch, close to the highway and one … Continue reading

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Our first back roads adventure, part three: over the Lukachukai Pass to Canyonlands.

We could have driven straight north from Chinle after seeing Canyon de Chelly.  It would have been a more direct road to the south part of Canyonlands National Park.  But after 25 years, I forget why we chose instead to … Continue reading

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Our first backroads adventure, part two: Canyon De Chelly

Leaving the Grand Canyon, we decided to head for Chinle and the Canyon De Chelly National Monument.  A dirt road across the Navajo Nation seemed more direct than the Arizona and U.S. highways.  We had gone a long way and … Continue reading

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