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BaBy ElliE: milEstonEs along thE appalachian trail
1. Day 1, March 21: First day couldn't have been better! Beautiful weather and
great time spent with family! Photo cred. @kenton_steryous #ellieontheat #at2017
#childhoodunplugged #sobo #va
2. Tent, April 11: Goodnight everyone! Day 23 - Mile 259 #nofilter #thruhike
#appalachiantrail #at2017 #ellieontheat #childhoodunplugged #tennessee
3. Oldest and Youngest, April 23: The oldest and youngest on the trail! Gray Beard is thruhiking at 82 years old and is as spry as ever!! #ellieontheat #at2017
4. Crawling, May 10: Chasing sunsets! #ellieontheat #at2017 #appalachiantrail #trailbaby
#adventureparenting #childhoodunplugged #dirt #georgia
5. Walking, June 14: Day 86, Mile 758: Learning how to walk on the lake beaches in the 100 Mile
Wilderness! #maine #100milewilderness #jomarylake #sobo #at2017 #flipflop #ellieontheat
6. Mile 1,000, July 9: MILE 1,000!! Goodbye, Maine! You were a beast! #at2017 #maine
#ellieontheat #atthruhike #trektheat #appalachiantrail #goodbye
7. Wildflowers, July 26: Picking Vermont wildflowers for his girl #ellieontheat #at2017
#trektheat #thruhike #vermont #wildflowers
8. Fist-bump, Aug. 3: Roo has officially learned the proper trail greeting-and she's happy
to show every hiker who passes by! #poundit #milestones #at2017 #thruhike #trektheat
#hikertrash #vermont
9. Tower, Aug. 5: Day 135, Mile 1,318: Summited the highest peak in Massachusetts!
Let the easy terrain begin! #at2017 #trektheat #thruhike #massachusetts #ellieontheat
#monument
Note: A version of this story appears in Blue Ridge Country's sister publication, LifeOutside.

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hiking for two doesn't add much more
bulk than hiking alone.
Plus, the flip-flop route made
it a little easier for the Quirins to
customize their trip with some of the
most familiar terrain at the beginning
(and end) of the hike, and to hit better
weather conditions along the way.
The Appalachian Trail Conservancy
notes another bonus as well-there's
less environmental impact because
all hikers aren't going the same way
at the same time.
A normal day on the trail starts about
5 a.m. with a few minutes of quiet
time for Bekah and Derrick before Ellie
wakes. Then they have breakfast and
pack up camp for a day of walking.
Ellie will nap for parts of the morning
and afternoon and they stop every 90
minutes or so for a break and snack.
They wrap up hiking about 6:30
p.m., set up camp and have dinner.
They average 15 to 20 miles per day.
It starts again the next morning
as Ellie uses one of her new words,
"backpack," signaling that it's time
for her to climb into the pack for the
day's adventure.
Some of the bigger challenges in
hiking with an infant include dealing
with diapers and finding places to


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