You never truly understand what goes on in someones mind.
I think i'm going to disappear for a while
Central Idea #1
"The final two years of his college education had been paid for with a 42,000 dollar bequest left by a friend of the family's; more than 24,000 dollars remained at the time of graduation, money his parents thought he intended to use for law school. "We misread him," his father admits."(Jon Krakauer)
Central Idea #2
I'm Alexander Supertramp now.
"In the years since, he'd been in the habit of taking it on extended solo road trips when classes weren't in session, and during that graduation weekend he casually mentioned to his parents that he intended to spread the up-coming summer on the road as well. His exact words were " i think i'm going to disappear for awhile"(Jon Krakuer)
No matter how it may look on the outside, you know whats best for you.
"By the begining of August 1990, Chris's parents had heard notiong from their son since they'd received his grades in the mail, so they decided to drive down to Atlanta for a visit. When they arrived at his apartment, it was empty and a FOR RENT sign was taped to the window"(Jon Krekuer)
Central Idea #2
So are we going to now?
"Driving west out Atlanta, he intended to invent an utterly new life for himself, one in which he would be free to wallow in unfiltered experience. To symbolize the complete severance from his previous life, he even adopted a new name. No longer would he answer to Chris McCandless; he was now Alexander Supertramp, master of his own destiny."(Jon Krakauer)
"Instead of feeling distraught over this turn of events, moreover, McCandless was exhilarated: He saw the flash flood as an oppertunity to shed unnecessary baggage. He concealed the car as best he could beneath a brown tarp, stripped it of its virginia plates, and hid them. He buried his Winchester deer-hunting rifle and a few other possessions that he might one day want to recover."(Jon Krakauer)
"There would be thickets of red tape to negotiate and fines to pay. His parents would no doubt be contacted. But there was a way to avoid such aggravation: He could simply abandon the Datsun and resume his odyssey on foot. And that's what he decided to do"(Jon Krakauer)