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“At first it was hard because I felt like I was in this snowglobe that had been shaken up. And all of a sudden I had space, and then all the snowflakes were falling around me, and I was like, there’s that thing I ignored for six months, and there’s that thing I don’t want to think about because it stresses me out. But the more I was out there, the more the snowflakes, the glitter, settled and the better I felt. And that, I think, is just a testament to how important it is to make space in this life to think about things, or to process things, to just breathe. Because we don’t get it naturally in our lives. You have to be very intentional about that.” 

Paige Lackey

Paige Lackey returns to the MRG show to talk about her 5-month-long adventure exploring Michigan’s state forest campgrounds — this solo trip took Paige (and her dog Willow) to more than 75 Michigan Department of Natural Resources locations in both the lower and upper peninsulas between April and September. Project Rustic, as it was named, was an effort to collect information for the state’s Recreation Search database. 

Paige and Willow

Paige previously was a guest on the show (episode #213) just before leaving on this trip. During that conversation, she talked about coming up with this idea as a Huron Pines AmeriCorps service member serving with the Michigan DNR, and how it all came to fruition. In this most recent episode, Paige is honest about what it truly was like to travel alone with Willow in an RV, the places she got to see and know, the people she met along the way, the highlights and challenges, and how the experience changed her. Her quote of the summer, she shares during her conversation with Heather: “What will be, will be transformative.”

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Listen to this episode of the Michigan Runner Girl Show by clicking on the player at the top of this post, or listen and subscribe through your favorite podcast app, such as Apple, Spotify, iHeart Radio, Stitcher, and others. We also love to hear from you — please leave a review, or drop us a note and let us know what you think about this episode and what else you’d like to hear on the show!

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2 Responses to “A Transformative Trip: Paige Lackey shares her Project Rustic experience”

  1. Kelley Davidson

    Thank you for your website. I am trying to get reconnected to running after a long absence with covid and injury and I am wondering where to start. There is almost too much information especially for someone new to the area. Any suggestions for a good starting race for a veteran girl runner who misses who her running buddies – loves nature and is trying to reconnect?

    • Hi, Kelley! Thank you for your comment! I would recommend looking at one of your local community races to get back into the swing of things — this is something I am doing myself! I signed up for the Bayshore Half Marathon here in Traverse City, which takes place over Memorial Day weekend. I am also looking forward to some local 5Ks and 10Ks this spring and summer. My next podcast episode (going live this weekend) is all about community races. I would recommend listening! :)

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