I was born in Zurich, Switzerland, but have lived most of my life in the San Francisco Bay Area, specifically in and around San Jose, CA. My parents took me traveling a lot when I was a child and I've always had the travel bug. I'm lucky to have visited over 15 countries and 15 states so far, with that list growing. I used to roam around in a Mini-Class C RV, but now I have a beautiful new Sprinter conversion van with a great custom build inside. I love all things music and am often at concerts and music festivals. I also love going to vanlife meetups, host dinner parties, go wine tasting, and enjoy swimming. I'm semi-retired so I take jobs I like doing that are flexible so I can travel or work on the road if need be. I am actively involved with various vanlife groups and lead a Bay Area RV/Van Facebook group to organizes meetups and camping weekends. I host boondockers at my house because I know it can be challenging to find a place to park when visiting cities, and I hope that when I'm on the road, the favor will be returned.
If reading about a van build excites you, check out: https://www.barbrocks.com/vanlife
I'm great with social media and know what Bay Area venues host live music, plus I can hold intellectual conversations on most subjects. In addition to English, I also speak German (Swiss dialect) and some Spanish, plus I'm learning Italian now.
I have a lovely black and white adventure cat named Maverick who goes on my trips with me. We are documenting our journeys via a travel blog (http://majesticmaverick.com) and Maverick is also pretty popular on Instagram (http://instagram.com/mavericktux). Maverick is toilet trained and leash trained, making it easy to take him anywhere. He likes to sit in my lap while driving and gets excited when he explores new places.
Oregon Coast, Alabama Hills (near Lone Pine), Mammoth Lakes
2019 Sprinter Conversion Van. I'm self-contained and don't need any hookups, but may need to fill up with water if possible and happy to donate for that. I travel with my cat Maverick who's leash trained and potty trained. He's a great companion and you may see my walking him around where I'm parked, just like a dog. But don't worry, I pick up his poop just like dog owners do. :-)
We were delighted to host barbrocks and her famous cat, Mav!
This was our first time being a host, and barbrocks was a perfect model for how to be a gracious guest. We loved learning about her travels and seeing her amazing class B van.
Our granddaughter just fell in love with Mav and, I suspect, vice versa.
We hope barbrocks stops by again or we have a chance to be a guest at her place one of these days!
Just got a chance to say hi and they were on their way again. They are welcome back anytime. Good communication before they arrived.
We are so happy that Barbrocks offers this safe, quiet place to park in the heart of Silicon Valley yet near a number of beautiful open spaces and state parks. Her place was easy to find and access, she was friendly and offered great info about the area, helping us take a much needed outdoors break!
I really enjoyed walking around this neighborhood, very quaint with nice homes! Barbrocks is a great host with the perfect parking spot out front. It’s got a tilt, right side is higher than the left side when you’re parked there, but didn’t bother us at all
Barb nice as she could be with wonderful sense of humor. For those with dogs, there is a nice dog park within a mile from Barbara’s place and she also mentioned a great park which is in walking distance and it was also very good. I would stay here again absolutely.
Friendly and lovely host. Enjoyed redwood trees, friendly cat. Nice and central location.
Thanks for your hospitality, this was our first Boondockers Welcome stay. And during this time of shelter in place you provided us with the perfect environment!
Very responsive. Easy place to pull off of the highway and crash for the evening. Just for people who are not used to vanlifing it.
1. Dry camping
2. Parking in front of the house
Quick stop but very convenient location to everything. Very nice host. Hopefully we will see you on the road next summer!
This was a short stay for me. I pulled up after dark and had to leave early the next day. Quiet neighborhood & good sleep
I had a quick overnight in her adorable neighborhood. She reached out to meet me, was communicative, and made my first boondocker's welcome experience a real treat. Thank you!
We were very grateful to have a safe place to stay on a Saturday night. We had a little engine problem on the day we were supposed to arrive and our host graciously let us cancel and come the next day.
Barbara is a friendly and uncomplicated host. No Problems, everything was fine :)
We had a great time outside Barbara’s. The neighbourhood is lovely and we would highly recommend!
We had a great experience at Barbara's place! She's really nice and welcoming. Very quiet neighborhood. Highly recommend this place.
Without question, Barbara is one of the NICEST people you will meet on your travels! We instantly connected, toured our RVs and had some GREAT talks. She even let me stay some nights longer at her place, after something went wrong with my reservation for a commercial RV park in San Francisco, where I wanted to park my van and commute to a trade show. Instead Barbara dropped me of at the Caltrain station and I was able to attend this way. Also great for touring silicon valley. I highly recommend Barbara's Vanlife Mecca and looking forward to come back soon.
Barb made it very easy for us to park our RV in the quiet neighbourhood, and gave us a lot of advice.
She was very helpfull, and the stay was great!
We got behind in our itinerary and couldn't make it on the day we had requested, but Barb was more than willing to be flexible, so we arrived a day late. She has a nice place right in the middle of the San Jose area, which is perfect if you're visiting that area. She's really knowledgeable about RV's in general and we had a good discussion about the merits of Class C versus Class B. I only wish we had more time to spend with her, but we were traveling through and could only do an overnight. Great host, highly recommended!
Barbara is welcoming and easy to deal with. The spot is very quiet and even if it is on a street it seems private.
My first boobdockers experience is absolutely positive.
It was very nice to meet you and I really appreciated you waiting to guide me into the parking spot after a long drive. We had a great conversation and laughs and felt right at home! Thank you so much!
Barbara was very sweet and the spot was quiet, we slept very soundly :)
This is a great place to rest your head in the San Jose area. everything was great here Barb is a nice host. Wifi was fast. Bring a very long electrical cord if plugging in. Sleep was great very quiet, very safe. Also if you love kitties, her cat is very cute.
Barbara was a wonderful and gracious host. She helped us settle in and make us feel welcome! Thanks for a great place to stay!
This location was perfect for us as we came from picking up our vehicle in San Francisco and wanted to explore Stanford University and Silicon Valley.
Barbara was very helpful and friendly and we ended up spending an extra night.
We had to park on the street, which was on a bit of an angle, but it wasn't too bad.
Overall a good experience.
She was very responsive and flexible. Host location was in front of her house in a quiet neighborhood with a nice atmosphere to boondock in. We appreciate having the chance to stay and enjoyed seeing the variety of cacti landscapes in her front yard.
Barbrocks was a great host. We got to park under a huge tree for shade, we were able to plug in for a night, and we were in a quiet spot. The parking was in front of the house, but not a lot if traffic on her street.
Thank you for the stay Barbrocks.
It was nice to meet you, however it was a little bit late in the evening.
I would recommend this place to other members.
Barbrocks was really warm with us! We stayed at her place just for one night, but she welcomed us and had a nice talking. We definetly would recommend to stay there and the oportunity to meet her. Thanks for all the tips and advices, we finally found some hotsprings in Sierra, and had a great rest there!
By the way, safe and quite neighborhood! :)