Now that Colton Harris-Moore has been nabbed by the prim and humorless Bahamian police, it’s open season on psychologically dissecting the teen robber and analyzing his high-jinks artistry. Love him or hate him, hero or criminal, one thing is certain: this kid gets around. If “well-traveled”, “worldly” and “ingenious” are positive traits (oh, and they are), then Colton darling deserves a congratulatory pat on his orange-jumpsuit-covered back.
Let’s review, shall we? By the fresh age of 19, the Barefoot Bandit has:
- Taught himself to fly with video games and stole at least five planes for private scenic flights across the country, including his final jump to the Bahamas.
- Enjoys fast boats and has managed to steal several sleek and expensive craft for high-speed joy rides across the Pacific Northwest and Florida.
- Traveled thousands of miles in three countries and at least six states by way of stolen cars and bikes.
- Used computer fraud to purchase bear mace and night vision goggles, which is not only totally bad ass, but something that every American male wishes he had in his backpack.
- Survived on uninhabited islets and in the woods at a time when the average American teenager can barely survive at school.
- Checked himself into other peoples’ private vacation homes for relaxation, eating fine foods from their fridges and soaking in their unused jacuzzi tubs, revealing a penchant for spa living.
- Crossed back and forth across international borders sans passport, which is also impressive.
- Stole from Canadians, Americans, and Bahamaians, showing no favorites or displaying any discrimination.
- Took pictures of himself with various digital cameras in wild places, mimicking millions of tourists who do the same.
- Hates shoes and travels mostly barefoot, an unwitting observer of TSA security checkpoint regulations.
The list goes on and on but the point is clear: Young Colton loved his freedom and suffers from interminable wanderlust. The guy has broken some serious state and federal laws and caused around $1.5 million worth of damage but he hasn’t harmed any humans. So the kid is a complete punk? So are most of the Israeli backpackers you meet in Bolivia and the Eurotrash in Thailand. Maybe all that Colton needed was an all-expenses paid gap year in which he got to choose his own itinerary and fly his own planes.
Good luck Colton. Not sure about Wi-Fi reception in prison, but if you keep reading Gadling you’ll soon discover that your insatiable travel itch is fairly universal. We, too love to fly across borders and hike into remote places and soak in hot tubs with a view. There is a legal way to do all these things, but if our brand of travel ever did become illegal, then my guess is that we’d all choose to be outlaws, just like you.
(Photo: Colton Harris-Moore, self-portrait)