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“Star Shine” and “Lightning Bug” took home schooling on the road for the journey, trading traditional text books for some hands on experience.

“I think I learned a lot more than when I would be sitting in a desk,” says Timothy, or “Lightning Bug.” “I am stronger mentally and physically. That’s like the big one.”

“Sometimes going uphill is steep. Sometimes going downhill is steep especially with those acorns when you slip on them,” says wide eyed Isabella “Star Shine.” “That rolled me down the mountain.”

“It’s not all joyous times. There’s a lot of times that we had to . It was hard, because we were going through some hard things,
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” Tom says. “But it made us stronger, and we’re so much better for it.”

On top of that, priorities switched from what the Volkmanns call the “outside world” and life on the trail.

“[It’s] living as a minimalist really, just out of your backpack with one pair of clothes and not having to worry about . Just surviving really,” Heather says. “Food, water,
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shelter.”