Into the Wild Timeline

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May 12, 1990: Christopher McCandless graduates from Emory University with honors. He tells his parents he is going to spend the summer in his Datsun driving around the country. June 1990: Chris mails his final transcript to his parents and a short letter. This will be the last time they hear from him. July 6, 1990: At Lake Mead National Recreation Area in Nevada. July 10, 1990: Leaves his car on the side of the road after a flash flood. He gathers a backpack of items and sets out on foot. July–August 1990: Hitchhikes to California where he meets Jan Burres and her boyfriend Bob. Later takes off and ends up in Cut Bank, Montana where he meets Wayne Westerberg. August 1990: Chris’s parents drive to their son’s apartment to find that it has been vacant for some time. August 10, 1990: Receives a ticket for hitchhiking in California. October 1990: The police will find his car and use it for drug deals and sting operations. October 28, 1990: Chris reaches the Colorado River. He walks south through the desert, arriving in Arizona where he buys a used canoe. October–November 1990: Canoes on the Colorado River. Sends a letter to Westerberg. December 1990: A private investigator is hired by Chris’s parents and discovers that he gave $24,000 to OXFAM. December 2, 1990: Reaches the Morelos Dam and the Mexican border. December 6, 1990: Comes across dangerous waterfalls on the Colorado River.  December 12, 1990: Gets a ride to the Gulf of California from some duck hunters. December 14–24, 1990: Pulls his canoe out of the water. Sets up camp. December 25, 1990: Finds shelter from high winds and stays there for 10 days. January 11, 1991: Gets back into his canoe but is almost drowned in a storm. January 16, 1991: Ditches his canoe and head north. January 18, 1991: Chris is caught by immigration while trying to get back into the U.S. and spends a night in jail. February 3, 1991: Goes to apply for a job and an ID in Los Angeles but changes his mind. February 9, 1991: Camps at the bottom of the Grand Canyon. February 24, 1991: Digs up some items he buried when he ditched his car. February 27, 1991: Buries his backpack and hitchhikes into Las Vegas. May 10, 1991: Leaves Las Vegas. July–August, 1991: Maybe living in Oregon and sends a postcard to Jan Burres. October 1991: Arrives in Bullhead City, Arizona, where he works for two months at McDonald's and is given an RV to live in by an old man named Charlie.
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