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The youngest hiker on the Appalachian Trail?

I was 23 when I had my first son and wanted to be “that” mom.  There was no doubt, I could raise my son on all natural baby food prepared and canned by me.  He could wear cloth diapers and I would only use all natural products.  My second son was born when I was 33.  Lets  just say, pampers and gerber had become my new BFF’s!  So when I heard about a couple from Virginia planning a hike with their young child, I had two thoughts.  What a journey and what a journey! Check this out as Bekah and Derrick Quirin take Ellie on their Appalachian Trail journey!

“Setting off on a six-month hike right after your baby turns one might seem like the ultimate sufferfest. But Bekah and Derrick Quirin, both 25, who will launch their bid to thru-hike the Appalachian Trail on March 20, think the timing is perfect. Twelve-month-old Ellie isn’t walking yet, still loves to ride in the child backpack, and naps reliably for long periods of time while being carried. Plus, she’s still breastfeeding six times a day, which means less food to carry. When you break it down like that, the couple’s logic starts to make a weird sort of sense.”

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