Following the footsteps of Chris McCandless
I’ve traveled to a few places Chris visited around America over the years but my trip to Alaska in 2002 changed my life. Long before I even got to Alaska I stayed at a campground Chris did, Laird Hot Springs in northern BC. This stop quite seriously changed the direction on my life for evermore.
I was Traveling with my dog Abbey who basically looked like Lassie. She wandered into the next campsite and started playing with the 2 kids there. Chasing the maybe 5 year old girl on her bike while her little brother ran behind. The parents made dinner and smiled as they watched their children play and that’s when I decided I wanted that. At that point in my life I’d been married 7 years and with my wife for 12. The next day as I stood at a pull out watching a moose swim a lake in Alaska on the way to Anchorage I called my wife and said “I’m ready” that’s all. She knew exactly what that meant and a year later almost to the day our first daughter was born.
Point being if it had not been for Chris’s story as told by Jon would I have ever sought out Laird Hot Springs and had this vision that changed my life? I guess we’ll never know but I’m giving him full marks for changing the direction of my life.
This story took my breath away. I can’t help but think how fate had a part to play in his story and yours. Safe journeying! 💗
Wonderful heartfelt reveries....
Enjoy the shared honeymoon weeks!
This was a great read Liz!
I have always felt a call to ‘leave civilisation behind’ but I know I’d probably die in like a week - but nonetheless the call is there.
I’ve always been fascinated by Chris’s story and Thoreau’s book Walden - and so this piece was right up my alley.