At just 20 years old, Christopher Knight decided the urban city life was not for him and retreated into the forest. It was not until over a quarter of a century later he was seen again. He left without telling anyone, never even told his boss that he quit his job. And gave no notice to his family. First, he just drove down the coast of America to Florida, becoming lost in small roads and watching people go past on the major ones. Staying in cheap motels, just thinking about what to do next.
Quickly though he went back up North to Maine where he was originally from, driving deep into the forest. Small road after small road, deep into where the roads stopped. And then he left his car and trekked. With only a small tent & no food to survive, he trekked through the deep forests and swamps of Maine.
Christopher has never provided a reason for why he just felt the need to find peace and tranquility. But how was he going to live? He foraged a little, but no amount of berries would really keep him alive. He knew how to hunt and fish, but had no gun or rod with him. During his work life, he had been in charge of installing security systems.
Suddenly a plan started to formulate, he would burglar the small cabins that were found along the lakes. Take some food and retreat back into the forest. Christopher became an expert thief, covering all his tracks. Leaving the scene as if he had never been there. In fact over the years he became so prolific that residents started to leave bags of food on their porch. Yet the thieving never really felt right to him, but he came to the decision it was the only way to live secluded from everyone.
He would borrow canoes and go on daring night raids around the lakes, carefully planned out never to be caught. The police from the area noted that he was an expert. Finally, he was caught while stealing food at a lakeside summer camp. It was quite an ordeal – everyone wanted to know what Christopher had learned by being alone. He finally agreed to let one journalist interview him in prison and left us with these great words:
“Get enough sleep,” he said.