Into the Wild

Drew Austin, Jacob Cohen, JT Powers

Section 1: Chapters 1-3

Quote:

"I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived." (Thoreau)
“I now walk into the wild” (Krakauer 69).
This quote is my inspiration and my motivation to fulfill my dream of going out alone into the wild. Thoreau is one of my favorite authors and his readings are what fuel my desire to venture.

Picture

"The engine is gone. Several windows are cracked or missing altogether, and broken whiskey bottles litter the floor. The green-and-white paint is badly oxidized. Weathered lettering indicates that the old machine was once part of the Fairbanks City Transit System: bus 142" (Krakauer 10).
I am putting this in my journal because this will be my new home for the next few months. Although it isn't a pent house on the coast it is definitely a remarkable upgrade from the freezing Alaskan ground and will provide protection from the weather and from predators.

News Article

"Alaska has long been a magnet for dreamers and misfits, people who think the unsullied enormity of the last frontier will patch all the wholes in their lives. The bush is an unforgiving place, however, that care nothing for hope and longing." (Krakauer 4)
Everything about this place sounds intriguing and beautiful. This Last Frontier sounds like a perfect destination for my journey!

Video

Alaska: The Last Frontier Music Video

Climate

The climate of Alaska is determined by average temperatures and precipitation received statewide over many years. The extratropical storm track runs along the Aleutian Island chain, across the Alaska Peninsula, and along the coastal area of the Gulf of Alaska which exposes these parts of the state to a large majority of the storms crossing the North Pacific. Onshore flow into the various mountain chains across the state leads to significant spatial variability in precipitation, with snowfall constituting a bulk of the annual precipitation each year. The climate in Juneau and the southeast panhandle is a mid-latitude oceanic climate in the southern sections and a sub Arctic oceanic climate in the northern parts. The climate in Southcentral Alaska is a subarctic climate due to its short, cool summers. The climate of the interior of Alaska is best described as extreme and is the best example of a true subarctic climate, as the highest and lowest recorded temperatures in Alaska have both occurred in the interior. The climate in the extreme north of Alaska is an Arctic climate with long, very cold winters and short, cool summers.

"Dark spruce forest frowned on either side the frozen waterway. The trees had been stripped by a recent wind of their white covering of frost, and they seemed to lean toward each other, black and ominous, in the fading light. A vast silence reigned over the land. The land itself was a desolation, lifeless, without movement, so lone and cold that the spirit of it was not even that of sadness" (Krakauer 8).

This description of the climate is to show the living conditions I will have to be dealing with in these next few months to come.