If you have ever read the 1996 book or seen the 2007 movie ‘Into The Wild’ then I am sure this article simply put, just hits you a bit different. It was hard to not have a bond with the storyline and along with it, that iconic bus.
The story itself has become a cult classic, but for many fans, it’s far more than that.
‘Into The Wild’ is a true story of a boy that goes by the name Chris McCandless, who takes life into his own hands and spontaneously runs away from his family. Oddly enough by ditching his car and burning all of his money, it is apparent to us that he is actually fleeing from the mundane social norms of society, amongst other similar ideals as well.
The idea of running away, while embarking on an epic journey to create a whole new life for yourself, is something that I think a lot of us can relate to. Ultimately it’s what makes this story SO good, for SO many people from ALL over the world.
You either know the Journey or you don’t, and if you don’t, I will leave that up to you to seek out. However, for purposes of this article, it must be known that he eventually does run literally, Into The Wild.
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It’s not quite known exactly when the bus showed up in the Central Alaskan location. However, it is a 1940’s Fairbanks City Transit Bus No. 142, and believed to have been brought up to the area sometime in the 1960’s. Where it sat and sat… and then a boy used it as his home. And then it sat and sat… and then a movie was filmed. And then it sat and sat until… now.
Within the story, you are told about the particularly difficult times McCandless had getting across the river to get to the bus. And those difficult times never really stopped in real life.
The decision to move the bus came from the Alaska National Guard, who used a Chinook helicopter to lift and carry out the entire bus in one scoop.
Ironically enough and all these years later, the reason actually remains the same. Over the past few decades the local Search and Rescue crew has been deployed more and more often as the years go by. Searching for unprepared tourists, who travel there from literally all corners of the world, just to go see the bus! Unfortunately, some of those Searches resulted in deaths.
With that being said, the decision was finally made to remove the bus from the wild.
While the new resting grounds for the bus are still to be determined, it appears the intention is to preserve the bus somewhere where all of its fans can still come enjoy it.
As for the wilderness grounds that the bus has for so long sat on? Well that is being returned to mother nature herself. Making the location, just another moment in time that people will most likely eventually completely forget about.
Very bittersweet… Yet oddly appropriate for the story at hand.