Long Walk Home
Local attorney Robert Messick left in April 2017 to hike all 2,190 miles of the Appalachian Trail. We are honored that he has chosen to use his journey to raise funds and awareness for Talbot Interfaith Shelter!
In November 2017, we held the first Long Walk Home Family Fun Walk and adventure day, where local children got to retrace Robert's steps on the trail and participate in various adventure activities.
He set a fundraising goal of $35,000, which he surpassed in December of 2017! Scroll through the page to learn more about Robert's journey and to make a donation to the Long Walk Home!
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News & More
Why is Robert hiking the Appalachian Trail? He says:
"I am often asked why I want to hike the Appalachian Trail, a distance of 2,190 miles spanning from Georgia to Maine, and usually requiring 5-6 months to complete. What is the point in carrying all my belongings, food, and water strapped to my back, day after day, while trudging up and down mountains in rain, sleet, snow, and occasionally, sunshine? For me, it’s a great opportunity to support my community and my favorite non-profit organization, the Talbot Interfaith Shelter, while sharing my trail adventures with those who appreciate the benefits of having a top-notch homeless shelter within our community.
At the family level, I want to be a role model for my children, inspiring them to live a full life. I am hopeful they will hike with me next year on the Pacific Crest Trail while close to their new homes in Oregon.
On a personal level, I enjoy the challenge of making do with what I have while out on the trail. Of course, I can’t go without my “kitchen sink”-- a 2.6 gallon sil-nylon water carrier for my personal hygiene. It weighs just 1.7 oz. and folds up into my pocket.
As amazing as it seems, advances in technology will allow me to share my day-to-day hike in near-real-time over the Internet. Of course, some stretches of the Appalachian Trail pass through wilderness too remote for communications via cellphone and the Internet. The well-known Maine “100 Mile Wilderness”, near the northern terminus of the Appalachian Trail, is the most remote and secluded, yet exceptionally beautiful, section of the trail.
To be able to experience all of the beautiful backcountry along the Appalachian Trail while supporting the very worthy cause of the Talbot Interfaith Shelter seems like a perfect marriage."
Long Walk Home In The Media
Interview With Homer and Therese Witcher
|Part One: AT Background||Part Two: Family Thru-Hike|
|Part Three: Trail Maintenance||Part Four: Trail Rescues|
Cooking and Dehydrating Food for the Trail
Long Walk Home Family Fun Walk
In November of 2017, we had the first ever Long Walk Home Family Fun Walk and adventure day at the Oxford Community Center. Participants got to retrace Robert's steps on the Appalachian Trail and participate in fun adventure activities, like a scavenger hunt, rock wall, obstacle course, and adventure crafts. Robert was even on hand to do demonstrations from his life on the trail!
Stay tuned for information about our 2018 event!