… is an award-winning book and critically acclaimed movie based on the story of Christopher McCandless, a free-spirited kid not much older than me who died in the Alaskan brush in 1992 due to what was likely starvation. The book was given to me by my friend Laura shortly before she left for college at Dartmouth after I told her about my desire to go on a weeks-long solo trip to the West coast, which I promptly read and loved (Laura, if you’re reading this, I’ll give you the book back when I visit!). Though my journey might not take me to the extremes that Christopher had to endure, it will still be trying on my perseverance, determinedness, and self-reliance.
I am doing this trip for a number of reasons… First, I’ve aways been drawn towards the idea of spending a lot of time solo adventuring. I feel like a lot of good can come from spending extended periods of time with one’s self and after subsequent trips to the Rockies in months past, I feel confident that this is a concept on which I can expand upon.
Second, I want to meet people. Whenever I go somewhere new, I love to try and get to know locals, hear about their lives, and possibly even make a friend or two. Getting insight into other’s perspectives is enlightening and refreshing to say the least and some of the most interesting and talented individuals I have come to know have been from my travels.
Finally, I just want to experience. Experience places and landscapes and cultures outside of what I am accustomed to. Doing so is what really fuels my creativity and has even been reflective in the past to help me see what I want out of life.
I’ll be embarking on October 8th from my city of Lincoln, Nebraska and I hope you all keep up with me on this journey. I’ll be sharing my stories from this blog and, if all goes as planned, through a series of short videos. Let’s go into the wild.