On Saturday, May 7th, 2016, Dirty Girl Adventures hosted a family friendly, 3 mile hike at Slough Creek Education Point!!! Representatives from the Jefferson County Conservation District, Corps of Engineers, local 4-H club and Kansas Wildlife and Parks joined us! Over 40 adults, 20 kids and 6 dogs came OUTSIDE for a day at the lake!
This was a special event, in many ways! The day dawned hotter than expected, and we got participants as young as 1 year up to age 70 out on the trail to hike. This unique hike was meaningful to participants, and we wanted to share some lessons from the trail with YOU!
LESSON #1: GET DIRTY!! LITERALLY!! Take off your shoes and get mud between your toes! No matter your age, it feels really good to play and be silly!!! After a hot 3 mile hike, the children at the DOWN AND DIRTY had an impromptu water fight!!!! The joy in their faces was contagious, and a few adults joined in!!!
LESSON #2: LIFE IS NOT A RACE! (And neither was the DOWN AND DIRTY Family Friendly hike!) Young, old and in between, we all walked the same path, TOGETHER! Our experience was about being together, unplugging from our daily lives and exploring!
LESSON #3: BE MINDFUL OF THE SIMPLE PLEASURES! Sometimes, it is easier to live in the moment while on the trail. Hikers at the DOWN AND DIRTY took the sights and sounds of our adventure home with us, to remind us of time with friends and family OUTSIDE!
LESSON #4: SOMETIMES YOU JUST HAVE TO CHARGE THROUGH! On the trail, just like in life, we are all faced with obstacles. Due to recent rain, a small portion of the trail at Slough Creek Education Point was covered with water!!! The DOWN AND DIRTY Hikers had different responses to this barrier!! Some chose a new route and others went “off road” to find a new path. Other hikers just charged through the water!!!
LESSON #5: GO OUTSIDE AND MOVE YOUR BODY WHENEVER YOU CAN! We walked about 3 miles at the DOWN AND DIRTY, which is far for some, and not so far for others. But the important thing was that we were outside, moving our bodies for health and wellness!
LESSON #6: EVERY ADVENTURE IS UNIQUE!! The DOWN AND DIRTY Family Friendly Hike was an OPPORTUNITY for adventure! Although DIRTY GIRL ADVENTURES created the event and the activities, it was the PARTICIPANTS who made their adventure SPECIAL!!
THANK YOU FOR COMING OUTSIDE WITH US!!
Denise and Jenn