Published October 2, 2009
I started reading “Into the Wild” Thursday morning at that cafe on the Sabrina Lake boat dock.* That;s the book by John Krakauer about the guy whose body was found in Alaska in 1992.
I love that guy. Chris and his story have been floating around in my head for a couple of weeks now.
Here’s a quote Chris had highlighted in one of his books:
“It should not be denied… that being footloose has always exhilarated us. It is associated in our minds with escape from history and oppression and law and irksome obligations, with absolute freedom, and the road has always led west.”
–Wallace Stegner, THE AMERICAN WEST AS LIVING SPACE
I keep thinking, do I have to go back to LA?
I went to North Lake and Sabrina Lake this morning, so I checked out South Lake and everything in between this afternoon. South Lake seems a little bigger, but there are fewer aspen trees up there. There is a trail leading from the lake that connects with the Pacific Crest Trail and a million little alpine lakes. Those small icy lakes are splattered throughout this whole region. North Lake is also about 20 miles from Bishop at around 9000 feet.
*I watched the film a couple of weeks ago and loved it. So I downloaded the book onto my Kindle while eating breakfast at 9650 feet in the Sierras. I have a Sprint-powered cell phone, but had not had reception for hours. Somehow that Kindle managed to connect. Whoa.