Hey there! My name is Bert, and I live in beautiful Southern California and travel almost full-time in my self-built Ford Transit 250 van named Ernie. Like most van lifers, I got tired of the 9-5 lifestyle and decided to hit the road to see what the country had to offer. I’ve traveled mostly up and down the west coast from Canada to Baja and had wonderful adventures along the way while meeting some of the most amazing people on the road. I’m using SoCalVanLife.com to document my adventures and help fellow van lifers and travelers find the best adventures in Southern California and throughout our spectacular nation.

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Bridge to Nowhere

Previous Next Overview: The Bridge to Nowhere is a great hiking adventure for any van or RV nomad looking to visit a unique LA landmark

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Vasquez Rocks

Overview: Vasquez Rocks is located in the high desert near Agua Dulce Springs and feature spectacular rock formations and a seasonal stream.  The park is

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Avila Sea Caves

Previous Next Overview Avila Sea Caves is located south of Avril Beach and is a wonderful place to park your van and spend the day

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Travel Diary

Travel Diary – Summer 2022

Welcome to my summer 2022 travel blog. My goal for this blog is to capture day-to-day life on the road, from the fun adventures of hiking to waterfalls to the

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