Well, we had a super snowy adventure on February 28th! Ironically, the Saturday before the Eagle Hike was in the 60’s and the weekend after it was in the 70’s! However, the Eagle Hike dawned crisp and 30* with light snow predicted early then heavy snow later in the afternoon. Ha. It snowed nice and steady all day long!! Happily, it wasn’t super soggy snow or sleet so, of course, we hiked! Dirty Girls are always up for an adventure!
Two party buses carried 56 Dirty Peeps from our starting point, Crooked Post Winery, to our first Eagle destination. A short hike along the trail led us to a sand bar on the Kansas River conveniently across from an Eagle nest! While this trail is short, it has some GIANT Cottonwood trees in addition to birds and the sandbar stop. We love this trail due to accessibility, scenery, proximity to Eagles and to opportunity to chillax on a Kaw sandbar! This hike was a little more snowy than usual but it was awesome! Photo credits to Dirty Photographer Kembry Gibbs, who caught some great shots! Thanks Kembry!
The Kansas River is beautiful in every season! It tells of adventure yet to come as well as secrets of times long past as it slides along. Standing on the sand bar, watching the water flow past is balm for the soul, soothing the rough edges of our hectic lives. Spending the day with a great group of people enjoying these things together is the key ingredient to Dirty Girl Adventures. Bright sparks of new friendships combine with the nurturing of existing relationships and spirited laughter to make the adventure great!
The confluence of the Delaware and the Kansas Rivers is visible from this trail. We saw several Eagles in the trees and flying along the Delaware River as we hiked the short loop along the trail. We were able to see the Eagle’s heads where they were sitting on the eggs in their nest. Eagles mate for life and share parenting duties, including nest sitting and feeding babies.
From the River stop, we traveled to a great spot along the Perry Lake Trail that offered wide views of the lake. While there is a nest located close to this area, and we often see up to 12 Eagles over this water, we didn’t see any here on the Eagle Hike. However, we had a great adventure!
There was no complaint as we spent this day together! We talked and laughed and learned a few facts about Eagles along the way. Did you know that Female Eagles have an average wingspan of 6-7.5 feet?? Also, American Bald Eagles don’t have white heads and tails until they are 3 to 5 years old. That means that when you see large birds soaring over water, that don’t have white heads and tails you are seeing juvenile American Bald Eagles – TEENAGERS! Ha!
The snow was so beautiful. This is me, searching for Eagles and spouting some facts about Eagles! Did you know that Eagles have amazing vision? They have 20/5 vision as opposed to the perfect human vision of 20/20!! Amazing! They are the perfect example of why we should practice conservation. They were almost extinct and now, they have been saved by quality decision making and care for our world. Pretty cool, huh?
Everyone had rosy cheeks and multiple layers of clothes to peel off by the time we returned to the Crooked Post Winery for snacks and, of course, wine tasting! Lori and Kevin Henderson have created a great destination winery – great because the wine the create from Kansas grown vines is delicious, because the facility is gorgeous and comfortable, because they are excellent hosts! Dirty Girl Adventures brought a great spread of snacks that were seriously augmented by some excellent wine! Be sure to plan a visit to Crooked Post Vineyard and Winery when you are out and about this spring!
So many people are ready for adventure! Will you join us next time?
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