One is taken when he is seven, the other when he is seventeen. He also told Strayed that he hoped she had a gun with her, as she was entering Bigfoot territory, where the most Bigfoot sightings in the world were reported. They days were filled with laughter and good company, and it felt to Strayed like a summer camp. Carine remembers being struck by how big the box of ashes was. His parents move McCandless into college the next week. But she still had 334 miles to go before she reached her ending point at the Bridge of Gods.
They later tortured themselves on this decision, Carine tells us, saying they ''can't help wondering. That same trip, she had discovered she was pregnant and decided to have an abortion. Although they both grew up poor and made their own money, he has always looked down on them for their materialism, and when he learns of their dishonesty, he starts to feel strong antipathy towards anyone with a lot of money. His father experienced dementia and the return of polio symptoms from his youth. She had done a lot of dumb and dangerous things in her life, but up until that point had never attempted to hitchhike. At Golden Oak Springs, Strayed tried to use her stove for the first time only to discover that she had bought the wrong kind of gas, and that the stove was unusable. Lou explained that after Luke died, she had lost part of herself forever.
Friends described him as distant and cold. Near the end of his trip, he had gotten lost in the Mojave Desert, and almost died of dehydration. Chapter 13, Virginia Beach Summary and Analysis Chapter 13 begins with a quotation from John Haines about the link between physical exploration and the exploration of the mind. Leaving the motel, Strayed walked to a nearby gas station, where she tried to hitch a ride to the Pacific Crest Trail. The obviously grieving and confused parents share several stories about the young Christopher McCandless which shed light on his personality. The men left, and Strayed remained at her original campsite.
The only place to go was down. By the time she returned to Minneapolis she had made up her mind that she needed to be alone. But his way of thinking, that he can do anything as long as he truly has the determination to do it, and is willing to suffer while doing it, is not, in the end, correct. This meant that he was using almost no more that shicks and stones to stay alive. By the time Strayed reached Oregon, she knew she was in the home stretch. A Rifle Pair of Binoculars Fishing Rod Plant Lore boook A Camera Five rolls of film Later they left for Anchorage where Chris's body was creamated and the ashes were given to Carine.
He can now see 3,700 feet below him. She had wanted to hike the trail in order to reflect on her life and heal from her past, but she was so consumed with her physical difficulties that there was no time for self-meditation. Rex had left the trail that day to return to his real life, and Stacy had decided to bus to Ashland, Oregon instead, where she would wait for her friend Dee. This resentment also spreads to the society that his parents are part of. After they finished, Strayed was ecstatic to find that her pack was significantly lighter and more manageable than before. A man her age approached her and began talking to her about her trip. But somehow a lake had formed out of the waste, proving that even an empty bowl could change into something beautiful after being given time to heal.
She told Strayed to meet up with her at the hostel in Ashland once she got there. On the Stikine Ice Pack, Krakauer determines that he will try to climb the Devils Thumb again. The passage from the New York Times gives us a hint of what is to come by talking about a hiker that has passed away from starvation while waiting to be rescued. She felt a little guilty for not mentioning her stepfather Eddie, but realized that he had become like someone she used to know rather than the parental figure he had been growing up. He begins to climb again in perfect weather. His quote talks about how every person enjoys the feeling of freedom.
Krakauer shares much in common with Chris McCandless and the other men he has discussed—he was young and willful and also had a strained relationship with his father. She realized that something was missing: someone had taken the discarded role of condoms. Bud was a Vietnam veteran himself, so he was very appreciative of that sort of thing. His growing intensity about the things he is passionate about isolates him from almost everyone he knew at Emory, and he resents them for their participation in the Greek life, which he finds distasteful. The hike was uphill, and the day cold and rainy.
Strayed said she understood what that felt like, and Lou said she had the feeling Strayed might. As she walked into her sixth week on the trail, Strayed thought about the history of the trail, which had first been imagined by a woman in 1926. It occurred to her that the trail was the hardest thing she had ever done, but she immediately dismissed this though. She strapped her flimsy sandals to her already injured feet with duct tape, comforted that at least there was a new pair of boots waiting for her at her next stop. They have the same view on many things and both ended up dying in the wilderness. He works for the student newspaper and makes high grades. During his final year at Emory, Chris rarely contacted his parents.
Because of the vet's diagnosis, Chris's parents said he couldn't take the dog with him. What separates Krakauer is that he survived his precarious adventures. Summary: Chapter 15 Krakauer remains in his tent for several days because of foul weather. Although he admits, in his last postcard to Westerberg, that he is aware that he might never make it out of the wilderness alive, he believes in his ability to survive, and he is too young to truly be able to imagine death, especially because he has managed to survive all of his other dangerous adventures. Little Sister Author Jon Krakauer has told us several times throughout Into the Wild that Chris McCandless and his sister Carine were very close. In a panic, she brushed them all off and set up her tent for the rest of the night.
Chris turns the offer down to drive across the country on his first road trip. He also excelled in everything he attempted, and was placed in accelerated classes for. McCandless also did not approve of the life style that his parents lead. Haines is talking about how he has traveled many paths during his lifetime, and is now planning on walking down one more path and not looking back. It was a matching tattoo she had gotten with Paul in honor of their divorce, to symbolize they still had a strong connection between them. As she stared at her painful, too-small boots, Strayed thought back to an astrologer who had read her natal chart when she was 23.