The air is thinner as breathing seems more labored, the temperature cooler, even in midsummer it seems as if Mother Nature engineered the day for comfort. With each step, the civilized world pushes deeper into the recesses of the mind becoming a distant memory. Anticipation mounts, as the path all but seems to disappear into a stand of Frasier Fir trees. Passing through the fir trees brings to mind memories of Christmas and all that the season brought at that time of year. Exiting the wooded parts of the trail, the skin is illuminated and warmed, provided by the sunlight that finds the occasional break in the trees. Entering a clearing, the mountaintop comes into view appearing even more intimidating than from the view at the bottom. As the trail ascends toward the peak, prior thoughts of a strenuous trip yield to the realization of a relaxing and tranquil atmosphere. The final steps approach the highest point in the eastern United States, opening onto gorgeous panoramic views of exquisite mountain ranges and unending blue skies. Thoughts of spending an eternity in such a natural wonder pass and soon are replaced with the curiosity of what the return trip down the mountain will bring. After taking in one last breath of the fresh mountain air, the trip back begins.
Family vacations can be some of the most memorable experiences a person may encounter. In E.B. White’s “Once More to the Lake” he talks about his own cherished experiences at Great Pond, Maine that he spent with his family in the month of August (219). In the writing, White draws the readers in with him, as if they were actually there as the story teller. He does this by giving detailed examples of the five senses in the story. Three main senses that White covers in the story are touch, sight, and sound. White tries to use this descriptive detail so that he can help the reader feel like they are a part of the memory as well.
Gary Paulsen’s fictional character Brian Robeson has to survive a plane crash in the Canadian Wilderness in the time period of the 1980’s. Along with the fictional character, the setting that the book takes place in is also fictional. Although the setting is fictional, the Canadian Wilderness is real. Gary Paulsen created the L-shaped lake and the environment around it in his mind. The animals’ features were all created from his pure imagination, which helped make the book even more fascinating. The environment that Brian Robeson survived in formed a great realistic impression, although it was created from its author’s own imagery.
Multiple accounts assumed McCandless was “entering the wilderness purposely ill-prepared…” and “hardly unique…almost a collective cliché” (Krakauer 71). Krakauer refutes this claim by displaying evidence supporting his argument while also acknowledging counter claims that McCandless was rash, foolhardy, but stressing he was definitely competent (85). Krakauer compares and contrasts the journeys of Rosellini, Waterman, and McCunn to that of McCandless defending that McCandless was not incapable or oblivious to survive in Alaska. Later parallels between McCandless and Ruess demonstrate their desires to become connected to nature and strong determination.
“Homewaters of the Mind”, written by Holly Morris, is a personal narrative from an anthology named Another Wilderness. The narrator starts her story with details of an early morning and preparation for fishing. She then reveals a glimpse of her past, which explains her hobby, fishing, and a sense of disconnection from her father. Shifting back to present day, she struggles with fishing, prompting her to contemplate and admire the scenery. The narrative ends with the author wanting to reconnect with her father. The narrator masterfully utilizes this one fishing experience to illustrate the influence of nature and time on her mind.
In the first passage of Jon Krakauer’s nonfiction novel, he argues that Christopher McCandless was thought to be an avid survivor of all terrain. In his two year journey, McCandless learns to live off “wild plants,” experiencing his “adventurous spirit” across North America. He encounters many people from Mexico to South Dakota, who set a trend of wonderment in what a “twenty-four-year-old vagabond” could be doing traveling the country with nothing but a backpack. His “figure out all on his own” attitude suited his “nomadic” life well. The “radical” lifestyle provides McCandless with a sense of newly found “solitude” until his unfortunate “great Alaskan odyssey,” that ultimately ends his life.
As we began our trip, months passed. We had to walk as we drug our cattle behind, all eighty-seven of us. The trip seemed everlasting. Once the month of October began, we reached the Truckee River. This river was going to lead us almost straight to
Once More to the Lake tells the story of E.B. White’s journey back to his childhood lake in Maine. White compares the lake of his childhood to the lake of his adulthood. Everything was the same to White when he went with his son. “It was the arrival of this fly that convinced me beyond any doubt that everything was as it always had been, that the years were a mirage and that there had been no years,” (50 Essays pg. 446). The scenery of the lake brought peace and tranquility to White as he realized that he had become his father and his son had become him. White embraces nature at first, but towards the end he fears its mortality. “As he buckled the swollen belt, suddenly my groin felt the chill of death,” (50 Essays pg. 450). Once More to the Lake is satiated with description and figurative language. White uses heavy detail to capture the reader and get his point across. The natural setting of the lake revealed the essence of life to him.
As Bill took his first step in the woods, he takes a deep breath soaking in the scent of oak and fresh ash. “far removed from the seats of strife”, not having a warm bed or hot meals even a full night rest. Knowing he had one abventure ahead for Bill and Kats. Both having to hike 16 miles everyday over rocks,trees, crossing ice cold rivers, and hearding the rain outside of thier tend and the roaring of the bears at night.
Jon Krakauer’s odyssey Into the Wild follows Christopher McCandless through his last year of his life traversing the North American frontier. As a biography based on McCandless’ journals and interviews, much of the details of Chris’ journeys are speculated. Yet, Krakauer succeeds in developing the enigma of Christopher McCandless, or as he would be immortalized in the bus on the Stampede Trail, Alexander Supertramp, in a way that tugs at the buried wanderer inside of everyone.
E.B. White’s essay,“Once More to the Lake”, illustrates the vivid memories that White experienced while revisiting a lake in Maine with his son. The story begins by describing how White, along with his father, first visited the lake during the summer as a child. It then goes on to explain how he comes to revisit the lake, this time as an adult with his own son. White paints colorful images of the what he observes back at the lake with his son; he does that by going into immense detail when explaining specific features, and how his visit compares to when he went with his own father. White’s story seems to be just a whiff of nostalgia on the surface, but there is a much more fundamental lesson within it. He delves deep into his own consciousness,
Anyway, when we turned onto Broadway Street, we knew that we would be arriving in a matter of minutes and our anticipation rose with every pothole and row of corn stalks we passed. After stopping for the occasional family of deer on the “L” shaped road, we would eventually arrive at the third camper on the left. It might just be a campsite with a silver twinky for a camper to most people, but for me, this place is the heaven that made me, me. With all its amenities, I couldn't think of a way to make this place any better. The campsite consisted of a camper against the woods on the left, a yard with a steep drop off to the river on the right, and the essential outhouse and fireplace. The entrance to the knee deep river was at the next campsite with two Weeping Willow bushes signaling where to enter. When anyone entered, there was initial shock of chill due to the water but it was easy to adapt to. There was a log perpendicular to the shore that kept the water depth about ankle
Today’s world we lack a meaning of adventure. It can teach us something important about ourselves or the world. Anne fadiman’s “Under Water” is basically about the drowning death of a tourist in a whitewater canoe run, on the Green River. It is about the incident happened when tourist adventure in in western Wyoming. Anne starting of essay help us to understand it is about the adventure story.
The ruckus from the bottom of the truck is unbearable, because of the noise and excessive shaking. As we slowly climbed the mountain road to reach our lovely cabin, it seemed almost impossible to reach the top, but every time we reached it safely. The rocks and deep potholes shook the truck and the people in it, like a paint mixer. Every window in the truck was rolled down so we could have some leverage to hold on and not loose our grip we needed so greatly. The fresh clean mountain air entered the truck; it smelt as if we were lost: nowhere close to home. It was a feeling of relief to get away from all the problems at home. The road was deeply covered with huge pines and baby aspen trees. Closely examining the