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The Littlest Backpacker: Chipmunk’s Tale, The Finale

For an adult, walking from one state to another across an imaginary line no wider than a foot, might seem anticlimactic. But it was a big deal for Chipmunk, who has been asking me about walking from one state to another for months now. A state — and what it takes to walk from one to another across hundreds of miles — is a difficult concept for a child. … Now, after half a day of strenuous walking with several pounds of gear on his back, sweat pouring down his brow and a stomach begging for a large meal, Chipmunk understood the price of walking to another state.

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