Into the Wild

Drew Austin, Jacob Cohen, JT Powers

Section 2: Chapters 6-8

Quote

"No man ever followed his genius till it misled him. Though the result were bodily weakness, yet perhaps no one can say that the consequences were to be regretted, for these were a life in conformity to higher principles. If the day and the night are such that you greet them with joy, and life emits a fragrance like flowers and sweet-scented herbs, is more elastic, more starry, more immortal,—that is your success. All nature is your congratulation, and you have cause momentarily to bless yourself. The greatest gains and values are farthest from being appreciated. We easily come to doubt if they exist. We soon forget them. They are the highest reality. . . . The true harvest of my daily life is somewhat as intangible and indescribable as the tints of morning or evening. It is a little star-dust caught, a segment of the rainbow which I have clutched" (Thoreau).

"So many people live within unhappy circumstances and yet will not take the initiative to change their situation because they are conditioned to a life of security, conformity, and conservatism, all of which may appear to give one peace of mind, but in reality nothing is more damaging to the adventurous spirit within a man than a secure future" (Krakauer 56).

I am choosing this quote because it describes the nature of people and how they react to things in nature. I also believe in many of the same beliefs that Thoreau himself believed in and tried to convey to his readers.

Video

More Items You DO NOT NEED in a Survival Kit

"Before departing, Franz gave McCandless a machete, an arctic parka, a collapsible fishing pole, and some other gear for his Alaska undertaking" (Krakauer 54).

This video is showing basic tools and skills I will be using and bringing with me on my journey. This will also help prepare my mind to know what these tools and skills might be used for.

Picture

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"A long arm of land known as the Wolf Townships, whichencompasses the first half of the Stampede Trail. Because this seven-by-twenty-mile tractis surrounded on three sides by the protected acreage of the national park, it harbors morethan its share of wolf, bear, caribou, moose, and other game, a local secret that's jealouslyguarded by those hunters and trappers who are aware of the anomaly" (Krakauer 11).
This is the terrain I will be having to encounter on my journey to Alaska. It is cold, rough, and dangerous, I am going to be in for a tough ride during the next few months. Besides the fact that the weather conditions will be holding me back this will be a fun and enjoyable experience and especially one I have been waiting on for a long time now.

Song

Alaska: The Last Frontier Music Video

"I have my soul set entirely on my Alaskan Odyssey and hope to be on my way no later than April 15" (Krakauer 56).

I like to listen to this song because it describes the environment I have to stay in while adding some pep and enthusiasm at the same time to keep me going and never lose in faith in my ability to survive. And that there is nothing that will get in my way of embarking on this adventure or delaying my plans.

"If the day and the night are such that you greet them with joy, and life emits a fragrance like flowers and sweet-scented herbs, is more elastic, more starry, more immortal,—that is your success." (Thoreau) (Krakauer 47)

This article is one that interests me very much and explains the thoughts and perspectives of Thoreau which is one of my favorite and most inspirational writers of all time. The article reminds me of Thoreau's devoted interest towards nature and is my favorite part about him and his readings.