CORONABOBS ISOLATION DAY 106 – Diary of a Self-Isolator 29.6.2020 BLOG 1st July 2020

CORONABOBS ISOLATION DAY 106 – Diary of a Self-Isolator Monday 29th June 2020

A bus abandoned in the Alaskan wilderness and made famous by the book and film ‘Into The Wild’ has been removed for public safety after tourists repeatedly had to be rescued while trying to reach it, the state’s National Guard said.

A US Army helicopter airlifted the 1940s-era vehicle from its spot west of the Teklanika River on Thursday.

The bus was made famous by 24-year-old adventurer Chris McCandless, who lived in it during the summer of 1992 and died of starvation after 114 days in the wilderness.

His story was told by author Jon Krakauer in the 1996 book Into The Wild, which was adapted into a 2007 film directed by Sean Penn.

The National Guard said the bus was a public safety issue because it was luring fans of McCandless to venture out into the dangerous Alaskan wild.

There were 15 bus-related search and rescue operations by the state between 2009 and 2017, according to the Department of Natural Resources.

Two travellers died after drowning while on their way to the vehicle in separate incidents in 2010 and 2019, officials said.

As recently as February, Alaska State Troopers rescued five Italian hikers, one of whom suffered severe frostbite.

Locals had called for authorities to reduce or eliminate the danger caused by the bus, the National Guard said.

Corri A Feige, commissioner for the Department of Natural Resources, said: “We encourage people to enjoy Alaska’s wild areas safely, and we understand the hold this bus has had on the popular imagination.

“However, this is an abandoned and deteriorating vehicle that was requiring dangerous and costly rescue efforts, but more importantly, was costing some visitors their lives. I’m glad we found a safe, respectful and economical solution to this situation.”

The bus was removed by a CH-47 Chinook helicopter. The aircrew also ensured the safe transportation of a suitcase that holds sentimental value to the McCandless family, the National Guard said.

Mr Feige said the bus will be stored at a “secure site” while the Department of Natural Resources considers a permanent place for it.

My Day.

As it is Monday, I worked on Coronabobs Times all day the weekly magazine I do for my grandchildren. This is issue No.16 meaning I’ve been producing it for 16 weeks. This week’s is a Bumblebee special with lots of bumblebee facts and a bumblebee story. The fact that my granddaughter is learning about bumblebees in her home-schooling was the inspiration.

The magazines cost in ink, paper, envelopes and postage £5 each. That’s £20 a week, but a far less amount to pay out than when we used to meet up with them.

I watched another “Talking Heads” on TV today. Jodie Comer stars as aspiring actress Lesley in episode four of the series, titled Her Big Chance. But it left me so disappointed and frustrated. All due to my hearing capability

With Harriet Walter in Soldiering On, I heard every word perfectly as I did with Imelda Staunton in A Lady Of Letters. But I struggled with hearing anything of Sarah Lancashire in An Ordinary Woman. And I heard nothing of Jodie Comer in Her Big Chance, leaving me frustrated and depressed. I assume it is the acoustics of how and where it is recorded.

I wish I could understand more about what in my ears does not register. I did say to the audiologist it is clarity and he said there is nothing you can do about that, it’s within the connections between the ears and the brain.

I cannot accept that I have to put up with such a severe loss of hearing for the rest of my life. It affects the quality of my life and there must be something I can do. But what I do not know.





Either you run the day or the day runs you. – Jim Rohn


Happiness is…hearing every single word crystal clear.


A priest, a rabbi and a vicar walk into a bar. The barman says, “Is this some kind of joke?”


Love is…always making up before bedtime if you’ve quarrelled

5 Things To Be Grateful For During Lockdown/Coronavirus

We are grateful  Lockdown gives us  a time…

  1. A time to search Alaska for an abandoned bus…A time to let it go.
  2. A time to sleep until you wake naturally…A time to set the alarm.
  3. A time to watch the 6 horses in the field from my study window…A time to do my writing.
  4. A time to observe bees…A time to pass on my admiration and love of bees to my grandchildren.
  5. A time to sell on Ebay…A time to buy on Ebay


DAY 86        16 Times – 144 Feet Cumulative Total 12,978 Feet





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