The trips strengthen friendship, this is where you discover the true nature of your buddies, who they are, what they are, what they think and how they think.
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Welcome to Bus 142, also known as the “Magic Bus”. This is where Chris McCandless spent his final few months here on earth. Chris didn’t see this bus as a trashy hunk of metal. He saw it as shelter, as warmth, as a safe sanctuary, as a home.
You can see in some of the pictures, a few items have gone missing. The steering wheel, cabinet doors, pieces of the actual bus itself, and keepsakes people have left there while visiting.
I, along with many other Into The Wild aficionados, Chris’s family and friends, ask that if you ever get the amazing opportunity to hike the Stampede Trail up to the Magic Bus, that you please respect the Bus and everything that comes along with it. Please DO NOT take anything left in the bus, or any part of the bus itself. If you’d like to leave your own little keepsake, do so. I think it’s great when people leave something special up there to dedicate to the bus.
Lastly, this bus is an amazing tribute to Chris. A place people can go to feel a connection with him and take a step inside his world. If you decide to camp out up there, please take your trash with you. And if you see any other trash that has been left behind by previous explorers… collecting that as well would pay great respect for the bus as well as Chris.
Enjoy the bus! It’s an incredible place with an amazing story.
I found this bus the other day in the bushland and it gave me shivers, So unbelievably similar to the magic bus in “into the wild”. So here’s my favourite quote from the book which is pretty much a bible.
“Make a radical change in your lifestyle and begin to boldly do things which you may previously never have thought of doing, or been too hesitant to attempt. 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 conservation, 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. The very basic core of a man’s living spirit is his passion for adventure. The joy of life comes from our encounters with new experiences, and hence there is no greater joy than to have an endlessly changing horizon, for each day to have a new and different sun. If you want to get more out of life, you must lose your inclination for monotonous security and adopt a helter-skelter style of life that will at first appear to you to be crazy. But once you become accustomed to such a life you will see its full meaning and its incredible beauty”