There is still time to get out there!

Dirty Girl Night Hike!  (Safety pink shirts with glow in the dark print!)

11/2/13 at 6:00pm! Check in at 5:30!  Join Dirty Girls and Dirty Dudes on the trail for a 5-mile night hike/jog/walk!  Daylight savings time kicks in on November 3rd so we will be practicing up for the winter trail season.  All fitness levels welcome!  Join us!!

Register now by emailing deniseselbeekoch@gmail.com for details of start and end location!!  You can register up to the day of the event!  

Bring your headlamp or flashlight for the hike and beverages of your choice for after!  We will enjoy a fire, beef stew and s’mores when we are done trekking!

Dirty Girl Adventures will furnish beef stew, corn muffins and s’mores at the fire and music post event.  Commemorative t-shirts will be available if you…

PRE-REGISTER and PAY by10/25/13!  $30  email deniseselbeekoch@gmail.comDSC_0167

Dirty Girl Adventure Trail Club Free Events

10/30/13 5:30 – 6:45pmish Meet at the Perry State Bike Trail off of 74th Street – look for the signs for the Branded B Ranch!  Text or call 785-608-7888 for details if you are lost… 

We will hike/jog/walk out for about 30 minutes then turn and go back.  All fitness levels are encouraged to attend!  The out and back technique accommodates all paces!  Bring a friend, water and bug spray!  We start right on time to get the most out of the waning light so don’t be late!

Watch for November events…

A Dirty Girl Adventure Club Annual Membership will be available January 1st 2014!  Discounts, drawings and fun times will overflow with your membership!

Denise – The Original Dirty Girl!  deniseselbeekoch@gmail.com

The Half-Day Hike Adventure!

The Half-Day Hike turned out to be AWESOME!!  Since it was the first event that I charged people to attend, I was SUPER anxious that it all went smoothly.  First, I was totally bummed about the Federal Government shutdown.  The US Army Corps of Engineers is closed down which meant that I wouldn’t be able to get the key to the gate to drive up the HUGE hill to set up Dirty Girl Camp.  I was scrambling to think of a different way to make it work.  My dirty girl compatriots were brainstorming.  Julie aka MacGyver and I met at the trail head to the Perry Lake Trail on Tuesday and confirmed that the gate was locked.  We worked out a plan that involved Julie bringing her 4-wheeler and driving stuff up and down the hill.  Hassle… we arrived Saturday afternoon to get set up and relax a little around the fire after a few million trips on the quad and… THE GATE WAS OPEN!!  Yay!!  I rushed up and unloaded then went back to ensure I wasn’t locked in and thankfully, nope.  Magically, the gate was open all weekend!!

Saturday evening Jenn, Julie and I set up camp and relaxed.  It was lovely! I dumped bleach on the dirty pit toilet bathroom floor and washed down the walls (ugh) and we foofified the area a bit.

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The kids enjoyed camp.  Dirty Girls have Dirty Kids!  Big and little, they love a good fire!  It was a great fall evening!  Perfect Kansas weather!

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Sunday dawned bright and beautiful!  The day was a perfect fall day with gorgeous fall colors and crispy air.  11 Dirty Girls were registered plus me and my wonderful Camp Maiden, Macgyver Julie!  Big, excitement!  Sadly, three of the 11 were unable to attend at the last minute – a family emergency, a health emergency and a failure to read the calendar!  Doh!  (The health emergency has since been healed!)  Dirty Girl Camp was looking awesome and the fire was toasty!  We headed out on our 10ish mile hike, turned out to be closer to 9, in good spirits and covered in Deep Woods Off!

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It is wonderful to gather with Dirty Girls for a day on the trail.  Our group spanned a wide variety of ages and careers as well as fitness levels.  Everyone has something to share; thoughts, interests and insights.  Women can join together and share, communicate and encourage each other rapidly – a beautiful aspect of a Dirty Girl Adventure!  The more we hike; the more we know each other.  What a great way to get to know women worth knowing!

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The trail was over hill and dale, woody and rocky with gorgeous scenery.  There was SO much poison ivy!!  It is actually pretty – yellow, orange and red this time of year BUT oh, my!  To date, I haven’t heard of a Dirty Girl who has broken out with excessive poison ivy.  WEIRD!  It seemed like we were fated to be covered in it!  Despite the major doses of bug spray, some Dirty Girls have been a little itchy.  Chiggers are the likely culprits.  Boo!  Dirty Girls don’t like chiggers!

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We moved more quickly than I thought that we would, speedy Dirty Girls.  A couple of Girls bit the dust… or, more exactly, crashed to the rocky ground on their knees.  Owie!  Happily, Dirty Girls are scrappy and they were able to keep on going!  We iced them down for a bit at Dirty Girl Camp.  We reached camp, shucked out of our poison ivy clothes and grabbed cold beverages to chillax around the fire.

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Considering that I’m a Dirty Girl and NOT a caterer, the dinner turned out pretty good!  We had some pulled pork, giant baked potatoes with the works, salad and dark chocolate brownies with fresh raspberries for our post hike meal.  Yummy.  It was, overall a good day.  I’d say that we were all feeling great and that we could have easily gone a couple of more miles!

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I am feeling so excited and pleased with Dirty Girl Adventures and the adventure that it is bringing into my life!  Great times, great women and an unending excuse to go outside and love it!  The next event, the Dirty Girl Night Hike will be a blast!  Five miles in the dark followed by a bonfire down by the lake; Dirty Dudes invited to come along!  If you can’t join us, go outside wherever and whenever you can!  Take a look around the gorgeous world and take a deep breath and hit the trail!

Dirty Girls do it in the DARK!!

Dirty Girl Night Hike!  (Safety pink shirts with glow in the dark print!)

11/2/13 at 6:30pm! Check in at 6:00!  Join Dirty Girls and Dirty Dudes on the trail for a 5-mile night hike/jog/walk!  Daylight savings time kicks in on November 3rd so we will be practicing up for the winter trail season. Register by emailing deniseselbeekoch@gmail.com for details of start and end location!!  You can register up to the day of the event!  

Bring your headlamp or flashlight for the hike and beverages of your choice for after!  We will enjoy relaxing around the bonfire when we are done trekking!

Dirty Girl Adventures will furnish beefstew, corn muffins, music and s’mores at the fire post event.  Commemorative t-shirts will be available if you…

PRE-REGISTER and PAY by10/25/13!  $30  email deniseselbeekoch@gmail.comDSC_0167

Dirty Girl Adventure Trail Club Free Events

10/30/13 5:30 – 6:45pmish Meet at the Perry State Bike Trail off of 74th Street – look for the signs for the Branded B Ranch!  Text or call 785-608-7888 for details if you are lost… 

We will hike/jog/walk out for about 30 minutes then turn and go back.  All fitness levels are encouraged to attend!  The out and back technique accommodates all paces!  Bring a friend, water and bug spray!  We start right on time to get the most out of the waning light so don’t be late!

10/18/13 5:00 – 6:45pmish

Watch for November events…

A Dirty Girl Adventure Club Annual Membership will be available January 1st 2014!  Discounts, drawings and fun times will overflow with your membership!

Denise – The Original Dirty Girl!  deniseselbeekoch@gmail.com

Adventure and Mayhem!

This last Saturday the original dirty girls (me and my 3 crazy friends) took a kayaking trip down the Delaware River.  Even though it was a little chilly the day was cool and crisp and beautiful!   The puffs of cloud were so white against the bright blue sky. 1382412_10202135696655269_1459057353_n

We had been anticipating the trip and hoping against hope that it wouldn’t rain.   We wore layers and brought extra clothes for the end of the run.  The air temperature was about 55* when we started but the water was pretty warm so I took off my shoes and we paddled away.

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… off we go!  There were herons and fish were jumping and all was right with the world.  Julie, aka No-wah- pee, and I paddled along chatting and catching up while Jenn and Julie (the one who can wah-pee) piddled around doing the same thing behind us.  Eventually, we noted that they weren’t catching up and, in fact, it appeared that they had stopped along the bank.  Just as we decided to start backtracking, we saw Jenn paddling towards us.  As we drew together, she said, “Julie’s kayak has a hole in it and she is now swimming.”  Well, you can imagine what our response was (because I’m trying to avoid excessive curse words in this blog)!  We paddled back and I hooked up to her kayak and towed it to shore so she could swim freely.  It should be noted that the water felt good – but only when you were submerged!  So… we hit the shore and Julie was promptly freezing. She stripped down and wrapped up in dry towels and a fleece jacket.    I flipped the kayak, dumped the water and we assessed the situation.  To get to the river, Julie had loaded the kayak onto a trailer with no fender. When the kayak shifted during travel, the tire rubbed a smooth, thin spot in the plastic.  This thinned spot ended up with two slits about 3-4 inches long that were taking on water.

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So… what to do when you are on the river and your kayak is sinking and severely damaged??  Well, we took a drink break and a pee break and talked it over.  I busted out my sandwich and used the Ziploc bag to thread through the slits.  We wished for duct tape and pondered other solutions.  We had about an hour back the way we had come or two and a half ahead of us.  We climbed the bank to see the sights and check our location but we were, predictably, in the middle of no where.

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By this time, Julie was feeling bad and blaming herself for ruining our trip.  But then, Julie aka MacGyver discovered that she had gum!!  Well, alright!!  At this point, I was laughing pretty hard.  They proceeded to chew up a lot of gum and stuck it along the slits and Ziploc bag patch.  Really.  Seriously.  That’s what they did!

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While cracking up, I decided that if we used the stretchy rope from the kayak and the styrofoam cooler lid, we could add buoyancy and sort of cap the gum/bag patch.

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Ha.  At this point, my dirty girls decided they needed to join me in drinking wine instead of beer.  So… Dirty Girl ingenuity strikes again!!  Bag o’wine is the best way to transport wine down the river by the way.  Then you can drink it out of a water bottle to prevent spillage!  Or, if desperate for wine, you could use an empty beer bottle….

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Well, after fortification of the hole and ourselves, we paddled away full of hope and wine.  It worked!!  Weird!  Now we were enjoying the fabulousness of kayaking down the river, the comradery of being together, my wine and we added SUCCESS!  This made us a little giddy!  We Dirty Girls are scrappy bitches!  So, with lots of laughter we continued down the river.  Julie was paddling along sans a good amount of clothing and had strewn her bra out along the top of the kayak in hopes of the sun drying it out.  As we paddled along, Jenn suddenly yells, “YOUR BRA!!”  and we all turn and watch it slip off the back of the kayak into the river!  It floated for a moment and then slowly sunk out of sight into the dark water.  DOH!  Well, what would you have done??  Julie quickly paddled to shore, stripped the rest of the way down and dived in to find it!  We were skeptical as she went under and SHOCKED when she came up with it in her hand on the first try!

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MORE SUCCESS!!  We continued onward.  Julie gave up the idea of drying the bra out and secured it by putting it back on her body!  Now, during this continued ridiculousness, we were having wonderful heart to heart conversation about life, love and happiness.  What a great feeling to spend the day with women who love you, support you and understand you!!  We saw some sights, had more laughs and great conversations as we continued down the river.

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We finally hit the Kaw and celebrated with a little yoga on the sandbar.  Feel the flow of love and happiness!

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Overall, this turned out to be the best kayaking trip we’ve taken!  This route usually has taken us three to four hours but this day it took us six!  We had a great time all around.  I think we all grew closer to each other mostly due to laughter and total honesty.  Going outside with Dirty Girls is good for your soul – it refreshes!

The Original Dirty Girls!
The Original Dirty Girls!  Love!

Dirty Girls are getting fit and having fun!

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Time on the trail as fall begins is more beautiful than ever!  Everyone who has been joining the Dirty Girls for time on the trail has been improving their fitness level and, hopefully, their peace of mind!  We are a diverse group at this point, some are up to running or speed wogging others are just starting out on the trail.  I am SOOO excited to see this moving forward! People are getting outside, stretching their daily routines and working to feel good!

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I can’t wait for the Half Day Hike.  I am hoping that it freezes once to kill some bugs and maybe cut down the brush.  Even if it doesn’t, it will be awesome!  This will be the hike to bring along the camera – hopefully we will see some good sights!  In addition to the hike, I am looking forward to sitting around the campfire at the end of the hike, relaxing with the Dirty Girls.  I love chillaxing around the fire on any occasion but this will be especially lovely!

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I am absolutely thrilled that so many  Dirty Girls are hitting the trail with me.  Lately. I have been focusing on what to do on the days we aren’t on the trail.  I, for one, have been slacking on that a bit!  I need to do some more core strengthening and stretching – I need a day of good yoga each week!  (Someday, when I have a Dirty Girl Clubhouse/outfitter store, I will have yoga twice a week!) So… I am making a goal to add to my usual three days a week on the trail!  I want to ride my bike twice a week, do yoga once a week and ADD some basic strength moves to each workout day.  This will take some practice – new habits always do.  I figure, add some sit ups, push ups (Dirty Girl Jenni has some amazing arms and has inspired me!) and my physical therapy exercises again.  This should only add a thirty minute routine maybe four days a week.  It was sooo much easier when working out was part of my work day!

Dirty Girls don’t give up!!

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Exercise and healthy eating are 100% part of my daily life.  Sure, I eat too much of some things.  I eat junk food and I drink, generally in moderation.  It’s not a diet, it is just how life is… adding a few more minutes of exercise shouldn’t be impossible.  I would, of course, love to be thinner and firmer and more fit but really, generally, I feel great!  The motivator for my activity isn’t so much weight loss, (it was 100% about that at one time) now my motivation is being fit, feeling great, sleeping tight and having this awesome energy to live my life.  What motivates you?  Why are you getting up and getting out?  Are there tangible rewards for you?  Are you walking or working out when you aren’t on the trail? If you aren’t exercising and getting outside regularly, how can you work it into your day?  It doesn’t matter if you are fast and cranking out a 30 minute 5K (the cross country boys are doing it in less than 20 minutes!) or walking slowly and steadily down the road, just keep moving! Hang out with some Dirty Girls and get it going on!!