Katadhin for Katie 44!

For Katie’s birthday this year we did one of her favorite things: a family hike. This year, with Reid 10 and Liam 13, we hiked Katadhin, the highest mountain in the state. One mile up, one mile down, and 9.8 miles sideways. No biggie!

Katie Q and the kids on Pamola Peak with the Knife’s Edge, South Peak (just left of Katie’s hat) and Baxter Peak (flat with cairns to the right) in the background.
The day before our first night in the Baxter State Park. Reid explores the beautiful Roaring Brook.
Dinner the evening of July 14, 2020, the day before the hike.
July 15th, 2020, Katie’s Birthday. Liam, on the way up. Trees getting shorter. Liam getting taller.
Well above the trees on the way to Pamola.
Quirks on Pamola Peak.
Hiking the Knife’s Edge! Hard to take bad photos of this.
Liam and Daddy make Baxter peak, and the cairn that people have erected to help the peak touch 1 mile in height. At 5,269 ft, it’s just 11 feet short!
On the way back down, at the ranger’s station at Chimney Pond. Katie checked out the pond and now we want to camp there next time!
Reid was an amazing hiker, always ready to spring ahead. Although the last few miles were hard for everyone.
The next morning, some of us braved the cool waters of Roaring Brook. Okay, only one of us. It was cold but invigorating!

Happy Birthday Katie Quirk! You are the best mother and partner we could hope for! Here’s to another awesome 44 years together!

3 thoughts on “Katadhin for Katie 44!

  1. Tim and Sally Quirk July 17, 2020 / 5:04 pm

    Happy birthday, KTQ. Congratulations to the four hikers, campers, camp chefs and outback sleepers. Sounds like a perfect family celebration.


  2. Sally Bulger & Tim W Quirk July 18, 2020 / 11:31 pm

    What a great birthday celebration. Lovely photos–nice to see the photographer in them, tool 10 hours on foot, height gain of 1 mile–a proud accomplishment. Liam and Reid are both growing by leap & bounds–so much bigger than when in Belize. What are they eating? Hot dogs and corn on the cob–yum! Great blog entry–gracias.


  3. Marsha B. Eaton July 20, 2020 / 3:01 pm

    Beautiful photos of another great family adventure!!!! Congrats to all, and Happy Birthday to Kate!!!!


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