Accidental Snowbirds

About Us

Hi! We are Kate, Lance (Two type A’s), and Z (Laid-Back Dog), hint the slogan “Two Type A’s and a Laid-Back Dog Sharing our RV Journey with you”. We’re not your typical RV couple. We didn’t leave a corporate job because we were longing for something more, we haven’t named our RV or tow vehicle, and we didn’t set out to become snowbirds in our mid-thirties. But here we are, enjoying this adventure of life on the road.

family picture, grand canyon, dog
Pretty much the best family picture.

Kate

Originally from Washington, Kate is an elementary teacher with a masters degree in elementary mathematics who loves CrossFit. After spending years being extremely overweight, with the help of a trainer, she is working diligently to remain fit while on the road. Kate has always wanted to travel to the United States and it was always on the “someday” list. Well, someday is here. She is the official co-pilot and travel coordinator of this circus. Kate can usually be found with a map, calendar, and a color-coded notebook plotting the next leg of the voyage. She hasn’t completely committed to this road warrior lifestyle; she still has her home in Washington. However, she has no immediate plans to return to it.

Santa Fe, Pueblo, New Mexico
Kate in Santa Fe, NM

Lance

Originally from Syria, Lance graduated with a bachelor’s degree in International Business before joining the U.S. military. He served for 3 years before unfortunate events forced early, honorable, retirement. Then after earning a master’s degree in Homeland Security, Lance decided to ditch the high cost of living in Washington. In September 2017, he decided to live full time in an RV. After a year of searching and inspecting many RV’s, he bought his first fifth wheel and proceeded to live in it and travel the country. This change that he made was unconventional for many, even his family, but he was able to save money, live more freely with a minimalistic approach to life and it allowed him the mobility to travel.  

State, map, Texas
First State on the Map

Zalam “Z”

Z is Lance’s registered service dog who is always game for a new adventure. He loves sniffing new areas, trying to take his toys outside and plotting (unsuccessfully) to catch rabbits. His dislikes are long travel days and any camp with goat heads. He’s still unsure about cacti.

Dog, Z, Pet
ZZZzzzzzzzzzz….

How We Met

Tinder. But it’s kind of funny that we ended up together. We both had recently broken up with long term significant others and were reveling in our newfound freedom. Daily we talked about how great it was to live alone and how we were never going to live with anyone ever again. Neither one of us had the desire to get married either. Lance moved to Houston, and after finishing the school year I, Kate, joined him. The plan was to live together while I looked for an apartment near my new job. We both enjoyed being with each other all the time so we gave living together with a trial run. I am happy to report that, so far, the trial is going well. So well, in fact, we got married this past fall. It is amazing how fast you learn a person in less than 300 square feet of living space.

Hiking, hike, New Mexico
Kate and I on a hike in NM

Who Is This Site For?

Anyone with a sense of humor wanting to learn more about life on the road, essentials of RV living, how we make it all work, as well as quips and quotes from the characters we have encountered along the way.

 

What Do We Write About?

Lessons we’ve learned the hard way

Places we’ve camped (the good, the bad, and the ugly)

Fun roadside attractions

Simpler living- he’s a minimalist and she loves walk-in closets

Organizing/maximizing limited storage space in an RV

Blog, Travel blog
First time talking about making a blog.

How Did We Become the Accidental Snowbirds?

After moving to Texas for two job “opportunities” which both failed miserably due to poor leadership and even worse management skills, we fled the Lone Star state faster than Burt Reynolds in a Trans-Am. We got to Deming, New Mexico and spent a few days trying to figure out our next move. Lance and I found out that we’re too young for long term camping spots in the winter in Arizona and that rent was really cheap at the park where we stopped. Deming seemed like a nice quiet place for Kate to finish her master’s degree and we could hit the road again to head north when the weather starts warming up. We were quickly welcomed to the group by both the full-timers and the snowbirds. After hearing stories from everybody at the park, we realized we were snowbirds who ended up there accidentally.

 

Goofy, Awesome buddy
Lance being goofy as always, while Kate is putting up with him.

If you want to follow our adventure, join our email list for blog updates or check out our Instagram @AccidentalSnowbirds for updates on where we are and where we are headed.

 

After reading this, do you feel that our slogan:

“Two Type A’s and a Laid-Back Dog Sharing our RV Journey with you”

Fits us? let us know what you think.

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6 comments on “About Us

Elise Backinger

Thank you for your time and sharing your great ideas. Let us know if you want an RV break, washing machine, whatever. We are close by and happy to have you visit..

Kent and Elise

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Lance

Elise, We appreciated y’all stopping by. Salida, CO was very generous to us and you guys have made our experience even better. Let us know if you have any questions about renovating that Sprinter van, Lance would be more than happy to help. Again, thank you so much for your hospitality.

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Love your blog Katy Girl! Didn’t know you got married in the Fall, Congratulations to the three of you! Maybe we will see you on the road in our RV, hoping to hit the road when real estate business slows down.

Be safe, be kind, have a wonderful time.

Love you,

Candyce

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Lance

Hi Candy,
Thanks for reading! Are you guys going to hit the road full time?

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Lil & Larry

For those of you following this blog, I just have to say….we’ve met this couple and there’s a few things you should know.

1. If you ever get the chance to meet them, take it. You won’t regret it.
2. They are one of the nicest, kindest, funniest, most helpful couples you could run across. And Z, he’ll steal your heart.
3. Evenings by the campfire shared with them are nothing short of hilarious.

No, they didn’t pay me to say this. It’s just the truth.
Kate & Lance…you’re the best, and we hope to cross your path again one day soon.

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Lance

You guys are awesome, thank you so much for the kind words. We appreciate it. 🙂

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