Maine family's hike of Appalachian Trail a rarity


BOWDOIN COLLEGE GRANT EAST TOWNSHIP, Maine (AP) - A Maine family with two young children may make the record books with its 2,160-mile hike on the Appalachian Trail.

David, Emily, Nathan and Maddy Kallin, who began their journey in Georgia at the end of March, are expected to complete the end-to-end hike of the trail on Monday, becoming just the 16th family with young children to do so.

The Portland Press Herald reports that the David was allowed to take some time off from his job at the Portland-based law firm, Drummond Woodsum, if he blogged about the family's trip.

Nine-year-old Nathan and 8-year-old Maddy were taken out of school early and home-schooled during the hike. Their parents said they completed essays, read and studied plants.

"But a big part of their learning has been learning from others, from people other than us," David said, including a former investment banker who now drives trucks, who taught Maddy and Nathan how to play poker with Skittles. "It's something I did not expect."

The Kallins hiked 10 miles a day at the start of the hike and increased their pace as the trip went. They each went through three or four sets of minimalist running shoes over the course of the five months.

The Kallins - who were also joined by their dog, Orion - will be finishing their hike about six weeks earlier than they expected.


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