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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.

Pleasant Hill, Kentucky – “Whole lota Shakin’ Goin’ On”

“A cult is a cult is a cult no matter how benign,” said Alie.  We were visiting Pleasant Hill in Kentucky, the largest restored Shaker community, and the “shakin’” wasn’t what Jerry Lee Lewis had in mind. Mother Ann Lee, … Continue reading

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Close to home: CFA Allbreed Cat Show

We are not feline fanciers, but we are curious as a cat.  So when we saw there was a show in Fort Myers, we decided to check it out. We didn’t buy a catalog.  But that didn’t cause a cataclysm, … Continue reading

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It is all in the marketing: Helen, Georgia

Our wanderings across the country have taken us to some pretty sad towns: towns where the mill closed, where the mine played out, where there are no more jobs.  In the early 1960s, Helen, Georgia was such a town.  Jobs … Continue reading

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Tennessee Aquarium, Chattanooga, Tennessee:

It seems we always pass by Chattanooga and say we will return to really get to know it.  But once again we violated my rule seven and were driving with a destination.  This time we were to meet friends in … Continue reading

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Bailey-Matthews National Shell Museum: Sanibel Island

Click on photos to enlarge. Sanibel and Captiva Islands in Florida together are shaped like a hook or perhaps an Alpine horn,  ideally positioned to catch Gulf of Mexico currents and waves.  As a result, over 200 species of shells … Continue reading

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Aquarium of the Pacific: Long Beach, California

Our cruise returned to Los Angele early in the morning, but our plane home did not leave until much later.  We made a short visit to Long Beach.  Without much time, we chose to only visit the Aquarium of the … Continue reading

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Our last port in the South Pacific: Moorea, French Polynesia

Our final port in April was Moorea.  While it isn’t the mythical Bali Hai from South Pacific, Moorea is certainly beautiful and exotic enough to be so.  Close enough to Tahiti that residents can commute to Papeete [last week’s post], … Continue reading

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