River to River

best middle child ever

Our middle son Ubadion is graduating high school next week. He leaves for NYU Shanghai mid August, so for his graduation present – we’re all going on a thru hike of the River to River trail.

The trail traverses 164 miles of the Shawnee National Forest from the Mississippi River to the Ohio River at the southern tip of Illinois. We will be hiking the trail over 3 weeks, which is slower than most, but as this is our first backpacking trip we wanted to take our time and really enjoy the time together.

We have been acquiring our gear, dehydrating meals, and going on training hikes over the past handful of months. I’d love to say that we’re totally prepared, but we’re still scrambling to figure everything out and get the items and skills we need to be truly confident.

No matter what, we’re going to have an amazing experience and we can hardly wait to begin.

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