The last outpost from the crew at Afuera Vida before they cross the border into Mexico. The fact that their van has already made it about ten times farther than Da Bus ever could is making us rethink our corporate car choices. Even though this will be our last update, you can keep following their journey on Instagram at Afuera Vida for rad pics, adventures, and breakdowns.
~ The last time we were in San Francisco, nearly four years ago, we decided to take Alfonso, our only child at the time with us on a film shoot for four days. Sofi was shooting, I was producing, Alfonso was our nine month old assistant and we had rented a 1980’s VW Westfalia to be the main prop for the adventure. Following the first night of the shoot, the transmission dropped, leaving us stranded in the Presidio at midnight - not really an ideal scenario with a nine month old. Looking back, it was that moment that later led us to move into a van and drive to South America.
This time around, when we arrived in San Francisco after months on the road, it’s funny to think how far we’ve come. We stood in the same spot under the Golden Gate and took the same photo, but everything was different. Now that we’ve pushed through Big Sur, San Luis Obisbo, Ventura and Venice we’re so excited to keep the adventure moving forward.
Everyday we’re inching closer to the border. Each day is new and different and requires full attention. This lifestyle demands that focus, because at any moment anything could go wrong. It takes your full attention and maybe that’s why it is so addicting. ~
We wanted to check in on our friends at Afuera Vida now that they have started heading south. As the weather starts to turn here in SF, we’re a little more jealous of their travels. When they dropped by our HQ last week, it was hard to resist stowing away. At least one of us could fit in a surfboard bag strapped to the roof… Here’s their latest outpost from the road:
~ As crisp fall air started creeping straight through our van walls, we knew we had to begin tracking south. The Pacific Northwest was hard to leave. Late summer was full of glacial river swims and off road exploration.
Bend marked our last stop in the PNW before pointing it to Yosemite. We planned on traveling down the eastern edge of the Sierra Nevada, through the alpine desert reminiscent of what awaits us in Baja.
Although we planned to hit Yosemite early to avoid bad weather, it didn't work out exactly as planned. A September snowstorm shut the Tioga Pass, forcing us to camp out at a nearby hot springs. Camilo started to show signs of a cold coming on and Alfonso caught it within a day. We were in one of our most exciting stops with two sick kids, a closed road, and a crunched timeline. These are the moments that make us question why we do this.
Regardless, we have to roll with whatever is thrown at us. From sick kids to lost cameras to bickering over where to park our 30 foot van in San Francisco, the journey must continue.
We’re now halfway through California, gearing up for the final stages of our US adventure before crossing into Baja. It’s bittersweet leaving the states. But for us this story is about connecting our North and South American roots, so we trek on. ~
In the beginning of 2019, Colin Boyd & Sofi Aldinio decided to uproot their young family of four, buy a bright orange 1978 Mercedes bus, and set off from Maine to Argentina. We were jealous enough of their trip that we figured we could tag along, figuratively, for a bit of the journey. So for the next few weeks Marine Layer will be keeping up with them during their drive south.
Their 1978 Mercedes 508D Germand Command & Control Center has been shown at van and tiny house festivals around the US and compared to Da Bus, it runs great. You can keep tabs on their adventure by following them at Afuera Vida.
Stay tuned over the next month as we post more of their correspondence from the road. In the meantime, we’ll have them tell you a bit about what inspired their trip:
~ Driving from Maine to Argentina was something that lurked in the back of our minds for the past few years as we judiciously went to work, paid the bills and ghosted through our routine lifestyle. But after the arrival of our second son, we began hunting down a van. Months later we found a 1978 Mercedes bus and knew this was it.
After nine months on the road, we feel liberated from our old lives. There are new challenges, of course, but we are happier and more connected with ourselves and each other.
Twenty states, 15,000 miles, 240 nights of camping, and countless hikes later we’re ready to embark on phase two of our journey. We are making the final preparations to leave the United States and depart for Mexico. It’s just us, our two sons, the dog, and the van. We’ve passed our shakedown test - the van is running, we are still together, and we haven’t gone broke. We’re stoked to have you follow our journey. ~
Re-Spun changed everything at Marine Layer. For 9 years we tried our best to minimize our social and environmental impact, but we always wanted to do more. Once we began to understand the enormous footprint of the apparel industry, we knew we had to be part of the solution, not the problem.
Since then, it’s been a wild ride. You took up to it immediately, and in the first week we collected 5,000 shirts. Then we collected 20,000, then 50,000, and the waves of old tees continued to flood our customer service department. Now, almost a year into the program, we have collected more than 120,000 of your old shirts!
Here’s what that means from a sustainability standpoint: 30,000lbs of textile waste diverted from landfills and 270 million liters of water saved in manufacturing new tees. Add to that the avoided carbon cost of producing clothes from virgin materials, and now we’re starting to make a real impact.
As we approach a year into Re-Spun, we are continuing to expand and develop the line. That starts with Re-Spun fleece, our first shift away from tees and into outerwear. You told us you wanted more sustainable options, and we thought fleece was a natural progression as we move into colder months.
This is just the beginning. ReSpun is now a core part of who we are and it’s here to stay. Now you can feel better about buying Marine Layer, and we can feel better about making it.
The last year at Marine Layer has been more focused on sustainability than ever before. While upcycling is new to us, other brands were founded on it. This month, we want to highlight some of our favorite companies in the upcycling space doing big things with old materials. To celebrate, we are teaming up with Indosole, Sunski, and Rareform to giveaway some product and spread the message of sustainability.
Indosole was founded in response to the huge amount of tire waste in Indonesia. Indosole intercepts tires before getting to landfills and cuts them into unique, durable shapes to be repurposed as shoe soles.
Sunski makes their frames from recycled scrap plastic, a practice that didn’t previously exist in the sunglass industry.
What happens to the thousands of billboards you see off the side of the highway after the lease expires? Rareform repurposes 50,000lbs of that material each month and turns it into bags.
Big shoutout to each of these brands for breaking the mold and contributing to a conscious consumer economy. Check out the giveaway and enter to win all this sustainable product.