Long Walk Home

Local attorney Robert Messick has announced his plans 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!

Raised in Easton in a family that taught him to appreciate the outdoors, Robert continued the tradition by taking his children, Marisa and Robbie, on numerous hikes and camping trips.

Robert leaves mid-April and will take approximately five months to complete the trail spanning fourteen states from Georgia to Maine along the spine of the Appalachian Mountains.

He has set a fundraising goal of $35,000, and we need YOUR help to reach that goal. Scroll down to learn more about Robert's adventure, to follow his journey, and make a donation!

For media inquiries, or if you would like to help raise funds for the Long Walk Home, contact Jayme Dingler at tis.jayme@gmail.com

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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."

Robert has been hard at work cooking and deydrating his food for the trail:

Interview With Homer and Therese Witcher

Part One: AT Background

Part Two: Family Thru-Hike

Part Three: Trail Maintenance

Part Four: Trail Rescues

Long Walk Home In The Media

WBOC's DelmarvaLife


The Talbot Spy

Rabbi's Roundtable (play at 10:23)

Star Democrat

Delmarva's Heart and Soul, WBOC

Mainland Trading Post

WINX FM Interview

Mainland Trading Post - First Update

How To Follow Robert's Journey

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Robert will be keeping a trail journal and YOU can follow along!