Tuesday, June 12, 2018

No Place Like Home by Karen Kelley

     Just over two years ago Karl and I became full time RVers. We bit the bullet and downsized from 2,000 sq feet to app 300 sq feet. It took us over a year just to do that. When you've been married as long as we have you collect a lot of "stuff".

     Even though we rarely traveled beyond our small Texas town, pop. 3,000, we were ready for this new adventure. We sold the house, moved into our fifth wheel, and took off. In the last 26 months we've visited 39 fabulous states, made a few blunders along the way, and had the best time of our lives.

     We were getting ready to pull out of Tifton, Georgia on April 23rd when Karl's left lung collapsed. We were terrified. After four days in the Tifton hospital, they transported him to Emory hospital in Atlanta because the hole in his lung was "really big" and wasn't closing on it's own.

     Family comes first, always. I put my writing on hold as Karl and I prepared for his first surgery--ever. He did great, but in recovery developed another leak, even though it was smaller than the first one. We were devastated. It took around 3 weeks for it to close on it's own.

     We made the decision to head back to Texas and stay in one place for a while so that Karl could recuperate, make doctor appointments, get a smaller oxygen system set up, and I can catch up on my writing. It was a good decision. After traveling for 26 months, we're both ready to stay put for a while.

     BUT, will we get the itch to start traveling again, or  will we take off again for parts unknown? Who knows. There is something to the saying, 'no place like home' and Texas is home. We love the Hill Country, but there's always going to be a bit of an adventurer in us.

     So, are you an adventurer, or are you a stay put type person? Or maybe a little of both?

Have a great day!
Karen Kelley


  1. We've turned into travelers. We feel as if we're playing catch up because so many people take 2 weeks here or there to see the world. I've loved following your adventures, Karen...and send along my best wishes Karl for a speedy recovery...so you can hit the road again!

    1. Thanks so much! We’ve had so much fun traveling. There are so many states with such a wonderful history. We definitely want to hit the road again.

  2. Texas? Where? I know I won't know a town of 3,000, but I live in Houston and went to school at the University of Texas, so love the hill country. We also have a weekend home on Galveston Island. Where will you be living now? Hope Karl's doing well.

    1. We’re in Bulverde (near San Antonio) for a few months while we get Karl in with a pulmonologist. He’s on oxygen, so we traded in the huge concentrator for an Inogen—smaller than my purse. If he gets the okay, then we’re going to Michigan to see our son and his family in a few months.That’s where we were headed when all this happened. We’ll leave the rv in Texas this time though.
      We lived in Henrietta, Tx for 33 years. It’s about 5 hours north of San Antonio near Wichita Falls Tx.
      Lucky you! We love the coast.

  3. I hope you have a wonderful summer, no matter where you happen to land. I love hearing about your RV adventures--although not Karl's illness; I'm so sorry for that and hope he's doing much better.

  4. Karen, glad you are home in Texas and recovering. Your travels have been interesting to follow. Take care of you and yours. I bet you get the itch again and I hope you can take off again, if that is what you both want to do! Good to hear from you.


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