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The Quirin Family

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Another great day skiing with Ellie! As usual, lots of skiing, laughing, snow angels, snow balls, ...
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Another great day skiing with Ellie! As usual, lots of skiing, laughing, snow angels, snow balls, hot chocolate, and of course... Yawns were the cue for our last run! . The first couple hours she has very little interest in skiing, but after lunch she's ready to go and won't stop until she's falling asleep on the lifts! . I'd love any tips from veterans!
She's an adrenaline junkie for sure. Wonder where that came from? <span class="emoji emoji1f3bf"></span>⛷️ . . . #ski #skilife #mountains ...
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She's an adrenaline junkie for sure. Wonder where that came from? 🎿⛷️ . . . #ski #skilife #mountains #winterplace #explore #adventure #wild #childhoodunplugged #dayswithdad #skibum #skibunny #wanderlust #dadlife #preschooler #dadsofinstagram #wildandfree #wildandfreechildren #wildschooling #preschool #wildchild
I know I know... We go MIA from Instagram way too often. 🙃 . Life update: In September, we lost a baby ...
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I know I know... We go MIA from Instagram way too often. 🙃 . Life update: In September, we lost a baby through a miscarriage. Our dreams of adventuring with two little ones were put on hold ♥️ Our bike trip last year allowed us time to grieve and heal as we learned first hand how the outdoors combined with the unconditional love of God can be so beautifully restorative and healing! . I have since learned I need to focus on my health through intentional rest, quality sleep, and deep healing nutrition ♥️ . This is the year of rest. Rest for my body, mind and soul. It's not a year I can rely on gas station snacks and caffeine to push my body to it's limit day after day. And as Ellie is about to turn 4, she needs the full day to move & explore freely on her own at @valleyforestschool - and neither of us want to tackle a long trail at the pace of a snail 🐌 . While this year may be a restful year for Ellie and I, it's the perfect opportunity for Derrick to attempt a dream of his- independently racing the Tour Divide 🚵‍♂️ In June, he'll leave for Canada to push his body to the limits racing 2,800 miles to the Mexico border! . However... We do have one family adventure starting this year- it's just not the kind of adventure most of our followers would expect 😉 . Take a guess! We'll announce it in a couple weeks! (Friends and family- no spoiling the surprise!) 🎉 . 📸- @jordan_clark_haggard . #familyadventure #tourdivide #gdmbr #greatdivide #childhoodunplugged #forestschool #miscarriage #restoration #healing #explore #wanderlust #play #rest #train #adventureparenting #adventure #wildandfreechildren #wildandfree #mountainbiking #virginia
Update: Cancelled due to snow and ice <span class="emoji emoji2744"></span>️ . Friends in Asheville! We are coming to visit YOU this ...
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Update: Cancelled due to snow and ice ❄️ . Friends in Asheville! We are coming to visit YOU this upcoming Tuesday, November 12! 🍁 We will be speaking at @gingersrev as the final guest for the Hiker Series with @blueridgehikingco at 6:30 pm. Grab a drink while we tell stories from our AT thru hike as well as give tips and tricks for backpacking with little ones. 🍁 We hope to see you there! ♥️ Find more details in our Instagram bio! 🍁 #asheville #appalachiantrail #thruhike #ellieontheat #northcarolina #blueridgemountains #backpacking #ashevillenc #astralfootwear #828isgreat #visitasheville #wnc #ashevillelocal #childhoodunplugged
Journal Day 9: Ohiopyle to Connellsville. 17 miles. . Our day was intentionally short so we could ...
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Journal Day 9: Ohiopyle to Connellsville. 17 miles. . Our day was intentionally short so we could visit with a friend from the AT in Connellsville- Pongo!! . But before we met up, we spent the morning riding through the remainder of Ohiopyle State Park racing the rain. After slim pickings for a resupply in Ohiopyle we were eager for a meal in town after eating peanuts for breakfast. . After an hour and a half of riding we arrived at the local diner to get giant portions of food and ice cream for "Free Ice Cream Sundae Day". . Rain was on the way, so Ellie and I went to pick out some rainy day activities at Dollar Tree. Craft projects, nail stickers/polish, bubbles, and glow sticks all joined our trip. Derrick was thrilled with the extra weight 😊 . We set up camp early at a biker shelter right in town where Pongo spent the rest of the day with us! . His kind and familiar smile was welcomed warmly by all of us- especially Ellie! We had spent the morning telling her stories about Pongo on the AT. He would play Disney songs for Ellie on his ukulele at the top of mountains in the Whites(photo for a flashback!). . Pongo and Kendra came with a full healthy spread of trail magic for lunch. While Ellie painted and blew bubbles, we spent the afternoon catching up on life and telling trail stories that are over 2 years old! Where is the time going?! . The local 24 hour Martin's grocery store was visited regularly as the nearby pit toilet had seen better days. 💩 . We grilled out for dinner at our shelter while Kendra taught us how to play Euchre. I'm still not totally positive it works, but it was fun! . We said farewell with hopes to see him again at Trail Days. . Our time with Pongo reminded us of all the deep friendships we have gained in our outdoor ventures. It's a relationship that's hard to compare to any other. From college treks with @ngu_odel to working as guides at @peak7adventures and @camppiankatank to our thru hike on the AT and ride on the Great Divide. The friendships will last a lifetime. ❤️
Journal Day 8: Frostburg, MD to Ohiopyle, PA. 55 miles. . The comfort of Frostburg was hard to leave, ...
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Journal Day 8: Frostburg, MD to Ohiopyle, PA. 55 miles. . The comfort of Frostburg was hard to leave, but we were about to enter a new state! . Before we reached Pennsylvania, we made the gradual climb to the highest point of our trip at the Eastern Continental Divide. . As we were making our peanut butter and apple quesadillas for lunch, we noticed something black and white coming towards us. A skunk! 🦨 . This skunk was fearless. I started packing things rapidly as it got closer. Derrick tried to shoo it away, but it wasn't worth getting sprayed. So we threw everything in the trailer and ran off. About 1/4 mile down the trail we assumed we were safe and stopped to finish eating. We kept looking back where we came from and the skunk was still coming after us. Poor little fella. . We entered an agricultural section of trail for the rest of the day. The cattle farms were smelly and Ellie noticed as well with a loud "Shooey!" I can't blame her. This brought up a simple conversation about farming cattle and the ethical difference between what we were seeing and smelling and sustainable agriculture. It went over her head, but I believe it's never too early to talk about where our food comes from! . As we entered Ohiopyle State Park the tall maples lead the way like an aisle. The park is spectacular- a truly gorgeous natural area. . When we arrived at the campground we went to get a campsite and a couple drove up to the ranger saying they wouldn't be camping anymore. Derrick asked "Can we have your site?" They said of course! Trail magic even on a short trip like this! . Then something magical happened- I taught Ellie how to give foot massages... And she did a great job and loved it! Our lives on the trail are forever changed! 😂
Journal Day 7: Potomac Forks to Frostburg, MD. 35.7 miles. . A cold foggy morning greeted us with ...
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Journal Day 7: Potomac Forks to Frostburg, MD. 35.7 miles. . A cold foggy morning greeted us with the promise of clear skies. We broke the rule of "start your ride cold" and started warm. No regrets- the cold air turned my face bright red with wind burn. Ellie was nice and toasty inside her trailer. . Cumberland greeted us beautifully with large historic buildings and cobblestone sidewalks. . Just as we were beginning to thaw out, we visited the Cumberland History Museum. Ellie learned what items were towed- primarily coal from the Allegheny mountains. When the railroad was established in the mid 1800's, the tow path was no longer efficient and the time for transportation from DC to Cumberland went from 5 days to 5 hours via railroad. Thus the towpath became obsolete almost as soon as it began. . After learning about the rich history, we found Queen City Cafe. Ellie recommends their homemade strawberry custard 🍧 Biker hunger was starting to set in. . We laughed at the nerves we had about the 24 mile "climb" leaving town. That was before we realized it was railroad grade 🙈 We had planned a short day not knowing how long it would take us. This gave us ample opportunities to stop and take in the mountain views- the first of the trip! The autumn leaves were in peak color in all shades of red, orange, and yellow. A train whizzed by us and we waves to the passengers. . After settling in at our campsite at The Trail Inn. It was the first site we paid for on our trip and was well worth it for hot showers, towels, and soap- all things an ultralight cyclist doesn't carry! . I got an hour to myself to resupply at the local co-op while Derrick and Ellie finished laundry. They met me at a local restaurant where we let Ellie eat just french fries for dinner before squeezing in a trip to the Library. . We LOVE running into libraries on our trips. They're fantastic for so many reasons- children's books and a children's play area, comfortable shelter from the rain, lounging chairs, free WiFi, and librarians with local beta. . By headlamp light we walked back to our campsite and camped under the stars. ⭐
Journal Day 6: Little Pool to Potomac Forks. 44.2 miles. . We awoke to dense fog and heavy dew. Some ...
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Journal Day 6: Little Pool to Potomac Forks. 44.2 miles. . We awoke to dense fog and heavy dew. Some of our clothing and gear were still wet from the rain the day before, so we rode a few miles into Hanock to dry our clothes at the laundromat. Ellie didn't complain- it meant a donut while we waited! 🍩 . The sun came out for the first time in two days and Ellie played at the local park before leaving town. It was after noon and we had only gone 4 miles out of 44 for the day. . We broke up the ride with a couple of breaks, but stayed en route for most of the day. Ellie took a nap in her trailer before starting a series of tunnels in which Ellie woke up for just in time to howl like a coyote as we rode through. Paw Paw tunnel was our favorite with both the trail and the river going through together. There was a bit of confusion for Ellie when her grandfather Pawpaw wasn't at the tunnel. She settled for a picture of the town of Paw Paw sign since the real Pawpaw wasn't there! . With many miles to go at dinner time, we stopped at a campsite just to cook dinner and slurp up some noodles and tuna. . The rest of the evening was my favorite section of the trail. To my right was the canal abundant with geese, ducks, and herons. And to my left was a vast prairie full white tail deer that weaved from the plains to trail to canal. They looked us straight on until we were too close for comfort and pranced off. The sun was setting and the twilight made the moment fondly memorable. . Once we reached the Potomac Forks hiker/biker campsite, it was almost dark, but not too dark to notice the old lock house across from us with a steel foot trap hanging by on the porch. Ellie said "that's creepy" and moved on to collecting fallen chestnuts. . Ellie was helping fill our bottles from the water pump and she let go as I was bringing the handle up and the iron came back and struck her in the mouth. I thought her teeth were knocked out, but it hit her right above her teeth between her lip and nose. Whew! . We fell asleep to the sound of trickling water, crickets, and frogs peeping on our last full day on the C & O Towpath. Onward to the Great Allegheny Passage!
Journal Day 5: Horseshoe Bend to Little Pool. 41.4 miles. . As soon as Ellie's eyes opened, she ...
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Journal Day 5: Horseshoe Bend to Little Pool. 41.4 miles. . As soon as Ellie's eyes opened, she said "The sun's awake! Time to wake up!" We rolled over to see our girl's smile and bed head ready for a new day. We put on our puffy jackets inside the sleeping bag before getting out to preserve the warmth before packing up. . We didn't have long before rain was forecasted, so we headed out earlier than usual. As we were riding, we came upon too many incredible sights to pass up and decided we would rather ride in the rain for a while instead of miss out on the adventures. . So we cracked open an osage orange(too bad they aren't edible!), observed the dams and aquifers on route, checked out an old mill, and explored a cave before stopping in Williamsport, MD for lunch. . After ordering coffee and cocoa at the Desert Rose Cafe, we checked the weather to see the rain wouldn't come until later. After getting full bellies and ordering bagels and cream cheese to go for the next morning, we left with hopes to get to shelter before the rain. . 4 miles outside of Fort Frederick State Park, the rain held back no more and left us with puddles in our shoes. Ellie stayed dry in her @toutterrain trailer, though! We raced up to a porch at the state park store. The store was closed, but the bathrooms(with Excel dryers!) were open. After taking advantage of the bathroom dryers, we sat in the rocking chairs and watched Ellie get her chance to play in the rain. . Once the rain stopped, we loaded back up and rode the remaining miles to our campsite at Little Pond. With the sun going down at 6:30, we had a lot of time in the tent before we were ready to sleep. Our evening included shadow puppets on the tent walls. Puppies, ducks, rabbits, and alien creations were highlights of the night!
Journal Day 4: White's Ferry to Horseshoe Bend. 43.7 miles. . After my brother dropped us off back ...
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Journal Day 4: White's Ferry to Horseshoe Bend. 43.7 miles. . After my brother dropped us off back at White's Ferry, we continued on the C & O Canal Towpath. It wasn't long before we were riding in the same tracks we walked 2 years ago on the AT where the two trails join for a few miles. The memories were sweet as we passed the campsite we stayed at in Brunswick on our thru hike with Ellie's Poppy and Gramm! . Once we arrived in Harper's Ferry, we soaked up the historic atmosphere by riding the cobblestone streets and getting ice cream cones before making the obligatory stop at the ATC while in town. . We walked straight back to the 2017 thru hiker books to flip through. Memories flooded as we found photos of our thru hiker friends and laughed out loud at some of the trail stories that came to mind! . We came across our family photo, numbers 290, 291, and 292. Little Roo was just 16 months old and oh how my heart just melted! There aren't many times I wish I could go back in time, but this time I did just for a moment. Then I quickly snapped out of it once I thought about her graduation from diapers to panties 😅 . Ellie fell asleep in her trailer as soon as we left and we rode as fast as we could while she slept for a couple hours. . Our campsite at Horseshoe Bend greeted us with the typical water hand pump, toilet, picnic table, and fire pit. But as we set up out tent, we noticed a little trail down to the water. We walked down to check it out and found a sweet spot by the North Potomac River for skipping rocks and cooking dinner as the sun set. . Before bed, we gathered fire wood and Ellie helped her Daddy build a fire to warm up by before snuggling down into our sleeping bags. As we gathered wood, Ellie named our campsite "Snail Camp" thanks to the dozens of tiny snails! 🐌
Journal Day 3: Leesburg, VA. 0 miles. . After staring at the weather app on my phone and seeing 100% ...
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Journal Day 3: Leesburg, VA. 0 miles. . After staring at the weather app on my phone and seeing 100% chance of rain from 6 am to 7 pm, we decided to take a zero with my family. Ellie and I both had a low grade fever Friday night, so we played it safe and spent the day drinking coffee, watching movies, playing with the cousins, and looking at our route. . We loved the stretch we already had on the C & O Canal Trail, and the thought of 350+ miles of unpaved bikepath with no cars sounded lovely. So we started weighing pros and cons of continuing on the Trans Virginia or getting back on the C & O and adding the Great Allegheny Passage Trail. . Our pros list to get back on the C & O was more than double the length of the Trans Virginia and we really couldn't find any cons to the C & O in our circumstances. . We chose to listen to our most frequently given piece of advice to aspiring adventure families: "Be flexible." So we are making the most of our two weeks of adventuring and made our final decision- the C & O Canal + Great Allegheny Passage. Simply the change of plans is exciting and adventurous! . We're headed to Pittsburgh! . Thank you @chrissneaky @oliviarayray and @soccer_freak_2312 for letting us spend a couple nights with you! 🥰
Journal Day 2 #transvirginiabikeroute Horsepen Campsite to Bluemont. 35 miles. . Our plan to ...
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Journal Day 2 #transvirginiabikeroute Horsepen Campsite to Bluemont. 35 miles. . Our plan to leave Horsepen Campsite at 7:30 quickly turned to 8:30 when the alarm went off at 6 am. It was dark and 37 degrees. We were only interested in handling either cold or dark- not both, so we waited until it wasn't dark to wake up! Ellie had tossed all night and since she sleeps between us on a double sleeping bag/pad, we weren't going to complain about the extra hour of sleep. . After a warm @mtnhouse breakfast and packing up, we loaded Ellie into the trailer with all of her layers, a sleeping bag surrounding her, the trailer cover down, and a couple pieces of chocolate. We went overkill on the layers and she was hot within 15 minutes. Once the the top came off the trailer, Ellie declared it was time to play bike tag! I was dodging countless osage oranges on trail to catch up without wiping out. . White's Ferry greeted us with a short break as we crossed the Potomac River. The roads following the ferry were busy with traffic with little shoulder. We were so focused on staying out of the way of cars that we missed our turn and were now 2 miles off route in downtown Leesburg. Since we were already there, we went to the local bike shop to have some squeaking checked out in our rear hubs. A complimentary chocolate milk and thorough hub cleaning later, the bikes rode as smooth as new! . Once back on trail, Ellie was ready for a nap after getting a full belly at lunch downtown. She slept as we joined the Washington and Old Dominion trail before getting on farm land gravel country roads. Cows, horses, corn fields, pumpkin patches and big farm houses gave us an appreciation for the agricultural atmosphere. . Upon reaching Bluemont, VA we stopped for the day to be picked up by my brother to go stay the night with him and his family in Leesburg before shuttling us around Rt 7. . The evening was filled with giggles from Ellie and her cousin and uncles while we took a closer look at the maps and weather. We fell asleep knowing it would be 100% chance rain the next day and Ellie was beginning to get a slight fever. To ride or stay?!
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