A couple, a baby, and a 2,200-mile hike

If you expected Bekah and Derrick Quirin to give up on the Appalachian Trail after a few days, forget it.

The couple, as I wrote last month, is trying to thru-hike the entire Georgia-to-Maine trail, armed only with their wits, the supplies their moms strategically deliver to them, and a 1-year-old kid who isn’t pulling her weight.

They set off in mid-March and they update their blog as internet service allows.

In a dispatch on Sunday, the couple reports they haven’t gotten into a pattern that fits the baby’s needs, yet.

And it doesn’t sound like much fun:

When we got to the bottom of the Valley at the end of the day, I expected to see the beloved shelter we had been waiting for. And it wasn’t there. Ellie was upset, I was upset that Ellie was upset, my body wanted to just fall over from soreness! So I stopped in the trail, looked back at Derrick and just cried.

I wanted the day to be over! We kept going and half a mile later, the shelter appeared. We stayed at Bailey Gap that night, and hope to never have to sleep in a shelter again! It was filled with mice and was very cold and drafty compared to the cozy tent.

Brave faces, everyone. The internet is watching.

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The couple started their trip near their home in Virginia and will hike south, then return home and head north.