Week 8


We finished our last 100 miles in the South! We realized we were going to make it to the wedding in PLENTY of time, so we slowed down a tad bit and absorbed the time more. The weather was much better this week as well, so we had more sunshine time ๐Ÿ™‚ Even though we could take it easy, we still had great trail legs and the terrain was simply a piece of cake at this point. So we still were able to put in 15-18 mile days easily. The trail has settled down a good bit because we’re through the NOBO bubble.



We crossed the NC/GA border. Two states officially down! It feels weird that this section of the trail is over. We are now 1/3 of the way through. The next time on the trail is Maine- a totally different experience! We took 3 full weeks off between finishing in GA and flipping up to ME to attend some family functions and spend time with friends and family.


Goodbye South! Hello Northeast!!



16 thoughts on “Week 8

  1. On to bigger and better adventures. Keep the post coming and thanks for the hike.


  2. It’s great to catch up with your progress.
    I know rucksacks have improved since I hiked with only shoulder straps but I have huge respect for the weight that you are both carrying.


  3. This is all so cool! It looks like Ellie is having a blast!
    +1 for the respect in you carrying extra weight. You guys are amazing.


  4. I’m totally amazed! You three rock! Safe travels! Remember when you get to the whites & need a break
    get in touch with me!


  5. Thrilling hike, thrilling pictures. So much fun to see. Congratulations to all three of you on this great family adventure.


  6. This is the first AT blog I’ve been reading and I’m glad it is. You 3 are doing something amazing. I’m glad you finally found time to update and are doing well. You both are great parents to be doing this with Ellie. Safe hiking. Hope to hear more soon!


  7. I love following your journey and was glad to see your updates! Good luck on the northern stretch!


  8. I just checked in for the first time since you guys started and am thrilled that you guys are doing so well! (Admittedly I’m also slightly jealous — you picked a PERFECT time to do a long trip with Ellie! I remember how easy backpacking with Karina was when she was that age — this season she is almost 2 so nearly 30 lbs but can only walk a few kms!! So. Exhausting. :P)

    I also wanted to see how you were getting on with the coupled thermarests…do you find she slides into the crack at all? We bought an Exped Duo mat which is AMAZING but not all that durable it seems since I’ve had to patch it twice and we have only had it 3 months!)
    Keep on rockin’ it mama! Such a great adventure ๐Ÿ™‚


  9. I’m really enjoying reading about your trip! Beautiful pictures as well. An amazing trip to be taking with your little girl. Motivates me to take our 14 month old on some more adventures! ๐Ÿ™‚


  10. I JUST started following your blog… We’re very interested in possibly thru-hiking the AT with kids….I already find your blog helpful in 3 ways: 1.taking a baby along is encouraging….at least it’s doable! 2.listing all your gear is helpful….to see what works for others! 3. You’re approach of starting in Catawba, VA and working south to GA (we live near roanoke) then working your way back home from Maine is fresh and different and more appealing…… my only question is why no more posts after week 8? Have I missed something?โ˜น๏ธ


  11. OH MY GOSH!!!! Y’all made me cry! HOW WONDERFUL!!!!! WOWOWOWOW! Go, beautiful people, GO!!! ๐Ÿ™‚ Thanks for the inspiration on WAY too many levels to name. Sigh. :)!!!


  12. Keep up the good hard work! You are amazing and inspiring AND missed around here. hugs
    Karen (always w licorice!)โค๏ธ


  13. Right on! Very cool to watch your experience!
    I’d love to hear about your gear! What type of carrier are you using for baby?


  14. Love keeping up with the 3 of you.
    Thanks for the updates.


  15. I am just now starting to read your blog and find it a wonderful read. I live in Bluefield, WV, and though I’ve never hiked it, am quite familiar with points that cross highways and the Blue Ridge Parkway. I am looking forward to more posts.


  16. Hey guys,
    I’ve just discovered your blog and wanted to post a very belated thank you for trail magic between your North an South sections. I was the one who took the leftover lettuce as you were packing up, and as anticipated Firefly was thrilled to get some greens ๐Ÿ™‚
    Thanks and huge congratulations on finishing the trail!
    — Knots


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