Larry Gorman

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Larry Gorman

I'm a retired firefighter who (after my January 2009 divorce) has decided to become a fulltime RVer so I can see the US (first) and then other parts of North America.



North America » United States » Virginia » Richmond May 14th 2019

The drive from R & D Family Campground in Milford VA to Americamps RV Resort in Ashland VA was only 31 miles and totally uneventful. Both are located, respectively, between Fredericksburg VA and Richmond VA (some 58 miles apart), and each gave me about a 15-mile drive from the RV park to the respective city. My early arrival in Ashland gave me an opportunity to visit the Richmond Visitor Center where I got some clarification and supplementation. You didn’t hear it here, but …. A) After asking where I could park near the Virginia State Capitol, I was told the visitor center is the “chaperone” for the spaces designated “20-minute parking for visitor center only.” B) I could leave my truck in one of those spaces and walk to the nearby attractions. There’s some Southern hospitality! ... read more
A Bullet Extractor Is Like a Self-Tapping Screw – Yeah, That Makes Sense
Several Nice Paintings Convey the Atmosphere of the Day
Too Bad the Headstone Materials of the Day Weren’t More Durable


The drive on Wednesday, May 1, 2019 from Charlottesville KOA in Charlottesville VA to R & D Family Campground in Milford VA was short, even by Uncle Larry’s standards – 110 miles, especially when compared to the six driving days it took to navigate the 1221 miles to Charlottesville from Apache Junction AZ. R & D Family Campground is 27 miles south of Fredericksburg, the target in my crosshairs. My first order of business on Thursday May 2, 2019 was a stop at the Fredericksburg Visitor Center where I got a few helpful hints and purchased my ticket for the Trolley Tour of Fredericksburg. The familiarization tour wasn’t the best nor the worst I have encountered, but it provided a perspective on the distance and the terrain between attractions. Marathoner I am not, and I forfeited ... read more
All Areas of Town that I Saw Were Neat and Tidy – Community Pride Hard at Work
Architecturally Correct?  Perhaps, but the Story Is Much More Important
Amputations Saved Lives; Exsanguination to Balance the Body’s Four Humors – Probably Not So Much


The 1221-mile trip from Twin Fountains RV Resort in Oklahoma City OK to Charlottesville KOA in Charlottesville VA included overnight stops at Graceland RV Park & Campground in Memphis TN and at Southlake RV Park in Knoxville TN. It was long but, thankfully, less eventful than the trip from Apache Junction AZ to Oklahoma City. Charlottesville KOA is about eleven miles from town (I had no Verizon service – cell phone or WiFi) but the park provides an internet connection so I wasn’t completely stripped of my planning abilities. The RV park is adequate but is on the lower end of the KOA spectrum. As my buddy George Carlin once said, “Somewhere there is the world’s worst doctor. Might he be yours?” History buff and presidential nerd that I am, I had to make a stop ... read more
James and Dolley Outside the Visitor Center
Situated on a Hilltop, The Manor House Is Quite Impressive
Books and Learning – Although He Never Travelled Outside the United States, Madison Was Fluent in Greek, Latin and Hebrew and Read Many of the Classic Philosophers

North America » United States » Oklahoma » Oklahoma City April 22nd 2019

After impulsive, unplanned and spur-of-the-moment trips to both Alaska and Hawaii in 2018, I spent a relatively quiet, event- and attraction-free winter in Apache Junction AZ. I am always working on my “one-of-these-days” long-range mental calendar – the precursor to my “written in pencil” calendar, my “written in ink” calendar and, finally, my etched in stone calendar. Both Alaska and Hawaii had been bouncing around in the mental calendar since the beginning of The Great Adventure in 2010, but neither had made its way to a sheet of paper by New Year’s Day of 2018. Cousin Marilyn’s son and daughter had taken her to Hawaii in Fall 2017 for her 80th birthday. That got me to thinking about a momentous landmark to celebrate my 70th birthday. I decided spending my 70th in Alaska would be a ... read more
The Wall at the End of the Reflecting Pool Is Marked with 9:03 While the Opposite Wall (Behind Me) Is Marked with 9:01 – The Two Minutes That Changed Oklahoma City Forever
The Scale of the Non-Military Destruction Was Almost Beyond Belief
Sometimes There Is Just No Explanation

North America » United States » Montana » West Glacier September 22nd 2018

After an all-night trip from Anchorage AK to Calgary AB and only piecemeal naps on two flights, the drive to Glacier Meadow RV Park in Essex MT on Tuesday, September 11, 2018, albeit short in miles, was onerous and wearisome. The drive and clearing U.S. customs went as smoothly as can be expected, and our post-sunset arrival at the RV park found us assigned to a site long enough to require only minimal set-up in the darkness – i.e., the electrical tether. We immediately settled in for a welcomed good night’s rest. Since I had given all the ketchup, mustard, etc. to our friends in Calgary before I placed the Bighorn in storage for six weeks, Wednesday found cousin Marilyn and me headed to the store for supplies as well as unpacking the suitcases and getting ... read more
The NPS Ranger Offering the “Bear Encounters” Program Was So Animated She Held the Attention of the Audience – Here, I Believe, She Was Growling Like a Bear
Dioramas Illustrate the Hardships Endured During the Portage
Black Eagle Falls – The Uppermost of the Great Falls of the Missouri

North America » United States » Alaska » Anchorage September 11th 2018

The drive from Alyeska Resort in Girdwood AK to Kenai River Lodge in Soldatna AK was slightly over two hours, which gave us time to stop at the Soldotna Visitor Information Center. The visitor center has a wealth of information, had answers to all of my questions and has a number of incredible animal mounts including a World Record King Salmon – 97 pounds, 4 ounces and 58 ½ inches long – caught on May 17, 1985 on the Kenai River over which our room window looks. The motel is unique in that it owns the riverfront property and restricts fishing there to motel guests. We were able to watch several successful fisherpersons (both on the motel property and the public park across the river) land what appeared to be nice-sized keepers. Other features of the ... read more
Incredible Works of Art
A Fully Operational Carousel with Stationary Animals
At 11,069 Feet, Mount Spurr Is the Highest Volcano in the Aleutian Volcanic Arc

North America » United States » Alaska » Girdwood August 29th 2018

August 23, 2018 found me singing, “Happy Birthday” to myself a couple of hours after I had awakened. At this point, it’s just another day on the calendar. Our next real “destination” was Valdez AK, but that trip would amount to 363 miles and 6 hours and 15 minutes, so I decided to split the trip in half – well, almost. Splitting the trip allowed us to make a stop in North Pole AK – 13.5 miles and 18 minutes from Fairbanks. Not everybody gets to go to (the) North Pole on their birthday! Little Richard's Family Diner looked to be quite interesting and had an All-Alaskan dish on the menu. Although I had ordered eggs and reindeer sausage before, I was anxious to have it again. Very tasty! Of course, we then made our way ... read more
Many Alaskan Rivers Have Large Flood Plains
The Tanana River Bridge Is the Second Longest of the Thirteen Major Bridges on the Pipeline, The Longest Being the Yukon River Bridge
Above Ground Sections of the Pipeline Are Built in a Zig-Zag Fashion to Allow for Expansion and Contraction from Heat and Cold as Well as Opportunity for Limited Movement During Earthquakes

North America » United States » Alaska » Fairbanks August 22nd 2018

The drive from Healy AK to Fairbanks AK was only 110 miles, and we arrived at the Best Western Plus Pioneer Park Inn on Thursday, August 17, 2018 without incident. My primary reason for selecting this particular motel is its location about a quarter mile walk (or a one-mile drive) from, ta-da, Pioneer Park – home to a handful of interesting attractions, including Pioneer Hall which was designed to represent a 1900s-era building that houses two historical attractions, The Pioneer Museum and The Big Stampede Theater; Riverboat Nenana, a now inoperable sternwheeler nicknamed the “Queen of the Yukon,” that was built in 1933 in Seattle and then shipped to Nenana AK where she was constructed; The Harding Car, also known as the Denali Car, a passenger railroad car named after President Warren G. Harding; Mining Valley, ... read more
Just the Cinnamon Roll by Itself Would Make a Meal
A Bridge on the Footpath from the Motel to Pioneer Park Crossed the Chena River
Here’s Why They Came to Alaska (and to Yukon)!


As I was planning the Alaska trip, I wanted to get out of Anchorage AK on Sunday evening so I didn’t have to deal with the Anchorage rush hour on Monday, August 13, 2018 so I made a reservation at Best Western Lake Lucille Inn in Wasilla AK, less than 50 miles away. Initially, I had discovered a couple of attractions of interest in Wasilla but then happened upon a really cool attraction that originates in Talkeetna AK, right on our glide path. After breakfast at the Lake Lucille Inn, we completed some housekeeping errands in Wasilla under threatening skies that produced some sprinkles from time to time and began our 1 ½-hour drive to Talkeetna, home of the Hurricane Turn Train. What I had read about the attraction, part of the Alaska Railroad, led me ... read more
I Thought the Wind Might Help Clear the Observation Deck Windows of Raindrops, But We Apparently Weren’t Going Fast Enough
The Scenery Might Have Been Quite Nice on a Sunny Day
Here’s One of Those Sidings – This Time in the Rain, I Didn’t Disembark

North America » United States » Alaska » Inside Passage August 12th 2018

Sunday, August 5, 2018, safely tucked aboard ms Westerdam, Marilyn was ready for her first cruise and I my second – well, not counting the round trip I made between Vietnam and the Philippines aboard the Landing Platform Helicopter (LPH) USS Iwo Jima some fifty years ago. Here are some interesting statistics about our oceanic mode of transportation. MS Westerdam is owned by Holland America Line and is a sister to MS Oosterdam, MS Zuiderdam and MS Noordam. The prefixes of the four ships' names represent the four directions of the compass in Dutch. Pretty cool. She was christened in April 2004, has eleven passenger decks, is 936 feet long, 105.8 feet wide and weighs 81,811 tons. The mostly Indonesian and Filipino crew of 800 tends to the needs of 1848 passengers. After departure from Vancouver ... read more
We Weren’t the First Ship Out of Port
Creek Street Is Loaded with Quirky Little Shops and Eateries
The Real Deal Is Just as Intricate, Though Less Vivid, than the Replicas




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