The trail had taught Strayed how life, with all its mysteries and hardships, was her own to claim. Three men went up there to check things out. Strayed missed a fork in the trail at one point and discovered that she was on a parallel route called the Oregon Skyline Trail. We learn that he left a very comfortable and successful life when he took off that summer in 1990. Strayed called the local office of the Bureau of Land Management. Between dinner and the hotel room, she had only sixty-five cents left until her next resupply box.
After leaving Las Vegas, McCandless stops keeping a journal for the next year, nor does he have a working camera at this time, so little is known about how he spends the year. It was another dry section of the trail with few water sources, but the guidebook said there was a water tank 15 miles in that usually, but not always, was installed. After being found by Bob Walsh, it ends up being used by the Park Service for undercover drug enforcement work. His death had taken the Lou out of Lou. Lionheart announces they are heading back to.
When she opened her eyes, the bull had gone, but she was unsure of which direction it went. A letter sent to Jan Burres indicates he spends July and August in Oregon, along the coast. 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. The rangers kept the car for driving around the park. The Scotch-half breed takes pity on the dog by returning to him to put him out of his pain with a bullet. Doug explained that they had hiked a while in the snow, but eventually bypassed themselves when the hike became too treacherous.
After examining the book, Strayed asked Albert to help lighten her pack. For some reason, Chris uses his real name and social security number to get a job at a McDonald's in Bullhead City instead of sticking to the pseudonym 'Alex' he had been using. She drank 32 ounces of the liquid and too exhausted to even set up her camp, fell asleep on the tarp. Her siblings drifted and her stepfather Eddie slowly became more distant. Embarrassed, Strayed left a package of stamps instead. Bluestar then becomes enraged, telling him that there is never enough.
Yet while Chris is quick to change, he fails to recognize that nature and society shift in unpredictable ways, as well. This was because people always wanted to give her things and did her favors. She realized that her body had become accustomed to hiking, as Greg had promised it would, and that her muscles were stronger than ever before. On the fourth day she came across mountain lion tracks, and also realized that the landscape had begun to change from that of an arid desert to terrain dense with trees. When Strayed reached Crater Lake, all she could think was that it was once a place of lava and destruction. Buck will not fight Spitz in front of Perrault and FranÒ«ois, instead he causes trouble by defending the dogs Spitz tries to punish.
Upon rejoining the trail at Kennedy Meadows, Strayed walked the first quarter mile with Doug and Tom, but then made up an excuse to stay behind a few minutes to walk alone. Most students check out at least one non-fiction title each week. Through letters Alex sent to friends, Krakauer pieces together that he spent time in California and Bullhead City, Arizona. He sees a mouse and starts to hunt it, but becomes distracted by a tail in front of him. She kept having recurring nightmares in which Bigfoot kidnapped her and brought her to an entire village filled with other Bigfoots. Dave becomes ill and is put out of his misery by the driver. There are, she explains, many different stages, from the spontaneous decision to go, to the actual decision to go, to the actual going.
On January 11, 1991, he is almost carried out to sea in a bad storm, and after managing to survive decides to abandon the canoe and return back north. These starving dogs eat all the food, tear apart the camp, and injure all the dogs. The following day the heat was so intense that for the first time since she started 10 days before, Strayed wanted to quit. He falls and is even run over by the sled and the next morning he is too weak to walk to the sled. Strayed called her brother Leif to help shoot the horse.
She was crying because she was so full of the experience of the last 50 days, and all the days that had come before that as well. The family had scattered her ashes on her birthday, in the garden behind their house in the Minnesota woods. Strayed returned to the trail with a new guidebook: The Pacific Crest Trail, Volume 2: Oregon and Washington. The two dogs fight until the camp is over run by eighty to a hundred starving dogs, who take on the dog team. One day FranÒ«ois and Perrault are given orders to turn the team over to a Scotch half-breed, who uses them to carry the mail.
The next morning she reached a road and with relief thought she had made it to a town called Quincy. Chris resumed his nomadic lifestyle at that point. Smudge says that Henry told him that live in the forest, and that they eat bones. She hated to do it, but was desperate to lighten her load. Chapter 5 In Bullhead City, McCandless liked the scenery so much that he decided to be a part of society. McCandless spent time in Colorado and Mexico, where he had some difficulty navigating the canals. Covered in mud, the car has been hidden under a tarp and is parked on a dry riverbed, apparently struck by a flash flood.
Strayed forced herself to eat breakfast and then began to walk, already feeling more experienced than she had been the previous day. Lionheart and Bluestar then advance on Rusty, and Rusty thinks that they may be about to finish him off. He makes a lot of friends and wins the especial admiration of a girl named Tracy. By the time that McCandless is a senior at Emory, he lives monastically, has driven away most of his friends with his intensity and moral certitude, and barely keeps in touch with his parents. These experiences lead her to the Pacific Crest Trail, a continuous trail along the Sierra Nevada mountain range spanning from the Mexican border to Canada. Not too long after leaving Atlanta, McCandless deserts his car in the desert after a flash flood wets the engine, and from then on, he hitchhikes around the Northwest, getting jobs here and there but not staying anywhere for long, often living on the streets, and keeping as little money and as few possessions as he can. 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.