About Me

It was a dark and stormy night in a small Kansas farming town in the summer of 1951… Is that starting too far back? Yea, probably so. Fast forward to sometime around 2005; Rough math makes me mid-fifties now. What could possibly compel a woman to consider forgoing the american dream of a comfortable home of 25+ years, family, friends and security to pursue a gypsy lifestyle living in a van?

I would like to say it was by design and choice. Something like an odyssey or quest; the call of adventure on the open road kind of thing. Truth is, it was the result of a series of events leading to virtually total destruction of our family. Loss of employment, divorce, bankruptcy and eventually foreclosure. It was a dark time for everyone and all involved have paid a price far too great. Long story short, I found myself with a few personal possessions and our family van and no place to hang my purse, so to speak.

The only safety net I had, the ultimate safety net, was my parents. They offered a safe haven for me while I licked my wounds and healed. I have always considered myself a very independent and confident person. Capable and resilient in the face of adversity but now I was floundering.

It was a long slow path back to where once again I could consider a future. Knowing what I once had is gone, I started to see my options as a blank canvas open for me to paint. In a way, my decision to convert my van into something I could travel and live in, turned into a quest to find the subject of my painting. The subject I realized is me and I’m in search of the colors, hues and shades that will become my life, my portrait.

It’s easy to romanticize the freedoms I enjoy. Trust me there are always two sides to every coin. My ultimate goal is still to find someone, someplace and something to compel me to once again settle into a relationship and make a nest. Until that time comes, I will continue to move through life as best I can seeking my passion. If I have any real concerns it’s that either Moonbeam or I will break down as we are both getting a little “long in the tooth!”

I am in a good place with my lifestyle right now. Certainly not for everyone but works for me.

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9 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Me and My Dog
    Sep 29, 2011 @ 10:03:05

    I think this gypsy lifestyle is a wonderful way to make lemonade out of lemons. It’s a kind of freedom we weren’t seeking, but if we’re comfortable being solo full-timers and have enough funds to make it work, it can be a real bonus that most people will never experience. Especially at this time of life when our needs are less. It takes some gumption and a lot of faith in ourselves, but gives us independence. I think you should be proud of yourself! πŸ™‚

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  2. rach2bfree
    Nov 03, 2011 @ 20:37:20

    One of my biggest fears when I decided to take off to who knows where, was that of being lonely. I had bad dreams of this woman spending long days and nights pretty much by herself with nothing to do but read one cheap paperback after another. It turned out to be totally the opposite. I have never met more new friends in my life. I feel fortunate to enjoy some time just to read my books. You’re spot on when you said we need faith in ourselves. Too often women of our age are uncomfortable striking out on their own adventure in life.

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  3. Carole Dye
    Dec 14, 2011 @ 20:51:00

    I love reading about your adventures! Glad I wandered into your blog. BTW ~ remember me? Was Deb’s best friend while you all lived in Monte Vista. Happy Trails and thanks for sharing your wanderings. πŸ™‚

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  4. rach2bfree
    Dec 14, 2011 @ 21:48:22

    Hi Carole, of course I remember you and thanks for popping in to share my adventures. Are you still in the Valley? My travels take me through there every summer. Lots of great memories for sure!

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  5. Carole Dye
    Dec 15, 2011 @ 12:10:24

    I have done my share of wandering too. But back in the Valley for good. Would be great seeing you on one of your drives thru the San Luis Valley! Give those sisters of yours a hug for me next time you see them. πŸ™‚

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  6. mlblogsgiantsgirl24
    Dec 16, 2011 @ 10:47:57

    Hi Kel… Thank you for sharing! In about 10 years, I hope to be following in your foot steps ~er… moonbeam tracks. Looking forward to reading (and hearing) more about your journey.

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  7. Joe
    Feb 08, 2012 @ 12:00:03

    Hi, Really enjoy your blog. Very beautiful. Like your thoughts and ideas…Joe

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  8. puddininvannawhite
    Mar 26, 2013 @ 15:42:07

    Thanks for sharing.

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  9. Jennifer Hensley
    May 02, 2014 @ 20:04:58

    I saw your video on utube….What an inspiration! I’m really looking forward to doing the same thing myself. I catch myself daydreaming about it way too much!! lol I can’t do it right now but I will sometime in the next couple of years I hope.

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