A brief update

The kids are fully integrated back into their public school (they only missed the first two days of this year). The adults are similarly back to focusing on a broader array of responsibilities than simply moving the family safely north.  I have been remiss in my promised notes about the gear we used and any summary posts. Alas, that may remain the case for a while longer, so I thought I’d add just a brief update.

Upon our return, the kids presented about our hike to their entire school (even the dog was allowed to make an appearance).  That presentation didn’t get recorded, but I was asked to speak at a TEDxYouth event at Maine’s Cape Elizabeth Highschool and that ten-minute talk is available here. A local newspaper wrote a nice article about us here.  One of our trail friends, Squatch, who is making a documentary (that has us in it) has the trailer up here.  And here’s one last article that captures a little of the Appalachian Trail’s role in my reintegration back at work.

11 Comments on “A brief update

  1. Thank you so much for sharing your family experience!! Your experience should be one to cherish forever!!

  2. I enjoyed following the Kallin Family as I learned of your adventure through Walking With Wired’s journal. I will be hiking the AT starting mid April and your post were helpful to inspire me to make this 5 to 6 month commitment. Thanks for sharing “ZenICan” 2015 AT Class.

  3. Thanks for the update. It was a treat to follow your family along on your hike, and also great to hear how life is post-hike too; I especially enjoyed the TEDxYouth talk. We look forward to that gear post whenever you get to it 🙂

  4. We have sent your Ted talk far and wide where it has been viewed open-mouthed. You are an estimable bunch.

  5. Thank you so much for sharing your journey with your family on the AT! I dream of hiking the trail with my own young children one day. I wasn’t sure if the trip could be done with children, but seeing how amazing your kids did gives me hope for a family hike in the future. I enjoyed stumbling upon your blog and reading about your experience. Thanks again for sharing!!

  6. Very inspiring story! Did you finish the kids school year early when you started the trail, or home school half the year? Interested in how the school part worked out. Hope to be able to do this with my kiddos one day!

  7. I just saw this, my husband and I are picking up backpacking again and want to do a thru hike when our boys are about your children’s age (currently 1 and 3). Currently we are at a day hike phase in our life. I would love a gear list for what all you brought?

    I’m still reading over your journey but its a fantastic one!
    Thank you for sharing.

  8. Hey guys, what an amazing adventure! Just found your blog and will be reading over it all the next few days. So, our family of 6, kids ages 5, 7, 11 and 16 will be attempting a thru hike this Spring and are really interested about the packs and shoes you used for the kids, also food…food is our biggest concern as to what to take! Any thoughts would be greatly appreciated!



  9. Are you going to write a book about this experience? I found out about you after following the Tougas family. We have three kids and want to do the AT with them one day. I would love to know more about your logistics and gear. (If that is all on this site, I apologize, haven’t had the opportunity to read it all yet). Very inspiring Ted talk!

  10. Thanks so much for sharing time with squatch.
    I seen your tedx talk and loved it!
    I hope you find the time and energy to maybe bite off the PCT inthe future.
    Greg “goatpro”

  11. I followed your hike at the time, as well as Erin Saver’s. Ever since, I have remembered your family from time to time to remind myself that there is so much more to America and Americans than your shameful politicians, which seem to be all we hear about here in England.
    Thank you for sharing your impressive experiences and best wishes for a more settled future for America and our planet..

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