TRAVERSE CITY – Paige Lackey is a member of the Huron Pines AmeriCorps Program, a program to develop leaders in conservation.
She is at present on a 5 month tour, along with her canine Willow, visiting Michigan rustic campgrounds in partnership with the Division of Pure Sources – Venture Rustic. Paige is greater than midway via her tour of 75 rustic campgrounds. Whereas touring she collects detailed details about every location to enhance tenting experiences for rustic vacationers.
“I’m accumulating GPS knowledge,” says Paige. “I’m accumulating factors that can later be become maps for inner use for the Division in addition to exterior use so individuals will help plan their journeys. ”
To this point, Paige has been to 55 campgrounds and hiked over 20 trails. Alongside the way in which she is snapping photographs for the DNR photograph library and updating campground web sites. Her mindset is to let individuals know what to anticipate throughout their journey.
“Lots of people, once I say state forest campgrounds, consider the state parks, however these campgrounds are fairly completely different than a state park,” she says. “It’s very naked bones. It supplies a really completely different expertise than the state parks.”
Rustic websites don’t have the identical facilities in accordance with Paige. Rustic campgrounds have vault bathrooms and nicely pumps versus public loos with showers. There’s additionally no electrical hookups.
Earlier than the journey started in Could, Paige had to determine the logistics of the journey.
“I’ve needed to draft out an itinerary to the most effective I might which surprisingly has been fairly correct thus far,” she says. “[It’s] simply principally planning the place I’ll be at what time so I can arrange these conferences whereas I’m on the highway it’s been numerous legwork.”
Regardless of the legwork, and studying how one can drive the rig, Paige Lackey has loved her journey thus far. She says the most effective a part of the journey is seeing the distant and fewer traveled areas of the state.
Paige is on the final leg of her journey; on her solution to Onaway and the remainder of Central Northern Michigan. She anticipates being completed along with her journey by October.
She can be running a blog about her expertise and journey ideas at GeneralRV.com/ProjectRustic. You may also comply with Paige’s journey at Michigan State Parks, Trails and Waterways Fb web page.