What occurs when an artifact from a life takes on an nearly non secular significance for a selected subculture? That’s the case with an deserted bus positioned in a distant nook of Alaska, made well-known as the place the place Christopher McCandless spent a number of months dwelling earlier than his 1992 dying. McCandless was the topic of Jon Krakauer’s acclaimed e book Into the Wild (and Sean Penn’s 2007 movie adaptation), each of which have made him a sort of posthumous movie star.
The deserted bus has additionally grow to be a shrine for vacationers devoted to McCandless’s life — which poses an issue for the native authorities. Because of its location, attending to the bus makes for a hazardous journey — and it’s one that’s been fatal for quite a lot of would-be guests.
As lengthy as the bus was in its present location, it was prone to be a magnet for guests — which has lastly led to its elimination. The Guardian has extra particulars about its relocation, which took place on Thursday:
The Alaska pure sources commissioner, Corri Feige, mentioned the Alaska Army National Guard moved the bus as a part of a coaching mission “at no cost to the public or additional cost to the state”.
The Alaska National Guard, in a launch, mentioned the bus was eliminated utilizing a heavy-lift helicopter. The crew ensured the security of a suitcase with sentimental worth to the McCandless household, the launch mentioned.
The bus is being saved in a safe location for the time being, as Feige ponders what to do with it subsequent. On one hand, she notes its sentimental and historic worth to many; on the different, questions stay as as to if or not the automobile is structurally sound. The final chapter in the lengthy historical past of this bus could but have been written.