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2019 Adventure Schedule Available Now

Remember, this is our base schedule. We will continuously add events throughout the Adventure Season. Stay tuned in to catch new events. Click on the links to get tickets for the first few events now or click HERE to visit the Dirty Shop for membership or really cool stuff!

December

2nd Sunday End of Season Celebration 1-5pm Crooked Post Winery

Free and open to everyone!  Drop by to hang out and socialize as we celebrate the end of our 2018 Adventure Season! We will provide light appetizers. Wine, beer and additional snacks will be available to purchase. We will have the Dirty Shop open with 2019 Memberships available. 2019 Club Shirts should be available. We will also have a door prize table – everyone will leave with something!

Friday December 21st Solstice Hike 6:30pm – 10:00

This night hike will celebrate the longest night of the year with glow sticks and headlamps! Traditionally a day of festivals, join us for a 3ish mile hike and some time around the fire!

Details as the day nears and the weather is determined. Regular $35 Club $25

January

January 12th Visioning Your New Year 9:30am – 12:30pm

Deadline to sign up for this event is December 31st.

$45 regular $35 club

Start the year with mindful intention, discussion and support! We’d like you to join us to focus on creating an intention or vision for your year. What will you focus on this year? Prior to the event, we will share 11 days of thought provoking emails with prompts and ideas for you to ponder in advance of the creating process. This will  provide you with encouragement as you begin to fine tune your focus and vision for the year. When you come to create and connect, you will have a firm idea of where you are going. A vision isn’t a goal or a resolution, it is a focus or intention for your path in the next year. Your vision can express your focus for the year, things that help you stay centered, qualities you want to develop etc. Your vision is unique to you.  We will open the event with a short meditation and discussion, and end our day with time to share our personal visions. Sharing our visions helps us articulate, focus and understand our own hopes and desires. We can’t wait to share a day of visioning our year with all of you.

January 23rd

Wednesday with Wine Free 6-8pm at Crooked Post Winery

Come to socialize and learn something cool… Jenni Scott-Lloyd will be joining us to share her 2 weeks on the Appalachian Trail (this will coincide with the DG Book Club Selection “A Walk in the Woods” by Bill Bryson).

January 26

Book Club – Free – A Walk In The Woods by Bill Bryson – 5:30 – 8:30pm 

Colonial Acres in Oskaloosa

We will be having a fun ladies night on January 26th!  We will enjoy a book talk/movie night about Bill Bryson’s experience on the AT. This will be the first Saturday after the first Wine Wednesday where Jenni Scott-Lloyd will share her experience on the Appalachian Trail; so be sure to attend that. Bring an adult beverage if you’d like, your camp chairs and food to share for a potluck.

February

February 2nd Saturday 10am – 12pm and 1:30 – 3:30

  • Intro to Hiking $35 Regular $25 Club
  • Intro to Backpacking $35 Regular $25 Club

Join us for a gear review and orientation and the opportunity to ask questions and discuss what might be holding you back from getting on the trail.

February 9th and 10th Eagle Hike! $35 Regular $25 Club

Join us at Bobcats Bar and Grill to board the Dirty Bus and travel to the Perry Lake Trail, or other secret Eagle spotting locations, where we will hike approximately 3 miles. We will hope to spot some American Bald Eagles nesting or hovering along the trail. We will return to Bobcats for some food (on your own dime) and social time post hike.

February 4, 11, 18, 25

Love Me! A look at how we can cultivate love and compassion for ourselves, which in turn extends to our loved ones. Cultivating love and compassion for ourselves prepares us to better understand and manage our thoughts and emotions, accept ourselves as we are, and extend empathy to others more fully. Many people in our society have a feeling that they aren’t good enough or are undeserving of the good that comes to  them. We will discuss this topic, practice various strategies to cultivate a feeling of self love and compassion. This class will include individual and group coaching, teaching and information to include videos, emails with prompts and homework, and an in person group once a week.

$80 Regular $60 Club

February 20th Wednesday with Wine Free 6-8pm at Crooked Post Winery

Come to socialize and learn something cool… we don’t know what yet but we know it’ll be amazing!  

March

March 2nd Hike!  3 or 6 miles

Choose your Distance – 3 miles and 6 miles with fire at the end $35 Regular $25 Club

March 20th

Wednesday with Wine Free

6-8pm at Crooked Post Winery

Come to socialize and learn something cool… we don’t know what yet but we know it’ll be cool!  

April

April 7th Hike!

Choose your distance – 4 miles or 8 miles with fire at the end

$35 Regular $25 Club

April 17th Wednesday with Wine Free 6-8pm at Crooked Post Winery

Come to socialize and learn something cool… we don’t know what yet but we know it’ll be awesome!  

Introduction to kayaking classes will be offered monthly May to July watch for dates

May

May 9th Wednesday Intro to Kayaking $40 Regular $30 Club $20 OYO $15 Club OYO

May 18th Saturday River Trail or Woodland Trail – let’s watch the River flow and decide!

June

June 19th Wednesday Sunset Lake Yak $40 Regular $30 Club $20 OYO $15 Club OYO

June 23rd Sunday River Run $50 Regular $40 Club $25 OYO $20 Club OYO

July

July 17th Wednesday Sunset Lake Yak $40 Regular $30 Club $20 OYO $15 Club OYO

July 13th Saturday River Run $50 Regular $40 Club $25 OYO $20 Club OYO  

August

August Saturday 3rd River Run $50 Regular $40 Club $25 OYO $20 Club OYO

August Wednesday 7th Lake Yak $40 Regular $30 Club $20 OYO $15 Club OYO

August 24th Saturday – August 25th Sunday Overnight AssKicker

29 Miles Belvue to Topeka! $120 Regular $95 Club

September

September 18th Wednesday Lake Yak $40 Regular $30 Club $20 OYO $15 Club OYO

September 21st Saturday River Run $50 Regular $40 Club $25 OYO $20 Club OYO

October

October 19th Saturday and 20th Sunday

All the Way Freestyle! Join us to hike your portion of the Perry Lake Trail! One day with lunch $80 Two days with lunch $160

Saturday night dinner $20

  • You can choose to hike 8 miles Saturday or Sunday morning
  • You can choose to hike half way 15 miles Saturday or 14 miles Sunday
  • You can choose to hike ALL THE WAY both days

Your private camping is included. You are welcome to remain at camp regardless of the section you hike.  If you hike 8 in the morning, you can spend the afternoon at camp and join us for dinner and overnight.

November

November 2nd, Saturday Lake Yak $40 Regular $30 Club $20 OYO $15 Club OYO

November 16th, Saturday Hike!  3 or 6 miles Choose your Distance – 3 miles and 6 miles with fire at the end $35 Regular $25 Club

December 1st, 2019  End of the year celebration!

February 1st – 9th, 2020 Guatemala Mission Trip with ODIM! www.odimguatemala.org

Organization for the Development of the Indigenous Maya

Estimated cost per person to include airfare, lodging, food and multiple adventure experiences as well as service opportunities? $2000! Your deposit of $800 is due July 1st, 2019 with the remainder due December 15th, 2019. Your goal? The Adventure Challenge? Each of us needs to raise $2000 for the ODIM missions to empower indigenous women! Spread the love!  ADVENTURE – CONNECT – ENGAGE!

Hiking in Cold Weather? What to wear?

Baby, it’s cold outside! This is awesome! No bugs! No spider webs! The poison ivy and brush is dead! Winter is also a great time to spot wildlife. Without the leaves on the trees, it’s easier to see wildlife. Eagles nest in the winter and are very active in Northeast Kansas.

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Three Dirty Girls during a March Hike

We recommend dressing in layers for winter hiking. Start with a base layer of long johns or winter running tights with a long john shirt or winter compression shirt. Wear fleece, wool or synthetic poly blend fabrics. Wearing this layer of poly-blend fabrics close to your skin will keep you warm and wick any moisture away from your body.  Cotton holds moisture and takes longer to dry it is NOT recommended.

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Our favorite Eagle Hike EVER! A random blizzard made the adventure special!

Thick, cushioned socks: wool, polypropylene, or synthetic. You could consider a thin “liner” sock combined with medium to thick outer sock.

Follow your base layer with more layers, preferably more fleece!  Finish with a wind/water resistant jacket on top and some wind resistant pants on the bottom – any pants will work but wind and water resistant are handy. Again, non-cotton fabrics –  fleece, wool or synthetic poly-blend fabrics are best. They dry faster and move moisture away from your body.

We also suggest using hiking poles. Winter weather can create slippery spots and surprising places. If you know you will be hiking on an uneven trail, take your hiking poles to help you maintain balance on difficult sections.

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Open spaces are colder and standing still for too long is a mistake!

Synthetic gloves or mittens – mittens are preferred for warmth. Wear a warm hat: fleece, wool or synthetic or possibly a head band that covers your ears. It’s also great to have something to cover your face, even a bandana helps.

It’s also handy to bring your backpack to put the layers into as you warm up along the trail! Depending on the distance you plan to hike, be sure to take water, snacks, a fully charged phone for emergencies and a friend!

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Love these two women. LAYERS!

Dirty Girls Go ALL the WAY … Hiking on the Perry Lake Trail

Are you ready for some longer hikes? Are you thinking about joining us for our 4th Annual Dirty Girls Go All the Way? Sign up ASAP if that’s the case!

We love the Perry Lake Trail and would love to have more people access this great resource. Thanks to the Kansas Trails Council VOLUNTEERS for creating and maintaining it!

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A February Trail work day with Kansas Trails Council volunteers!

If you can’t join us for Dirty Girls Go All the Way but would be interested in hiking the PLT, you can use this list to find gear suggestions for day hikes or longer hikes.  DGA will host several hikes of various distances on the PLT throughout the 2018 Adventure Season – gather your gear and watch for event details  when the 2018 Schedule is released in December.

When you hike the PLT, you can expect to see some gorgeous views, some wildlife and to traverse a variety of terrains. The PLT includes rough, rocky trail with steep inclines and declines often through timbered land. In addition, you will find yourself hiking through pastured sections along the edge of the lake shore. You can find a map of the PLT here, please note that while they have the PLT rated as EASY – we don’t know why that is…. while there is significant variation in the trail, many sections are extremely DIFFICULT and the majority of the trail is HARD. Be prepared! Take some time to explore the possibilities at www.GetOutdoorsKansas.org, take some time to explore this site for additional Kansas Adventures!

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March on the PLT with Dirty Girl Adventures – such a beautiful hike!

When you hike with DGA, we provide some amenities … a guide with knowledge of the trail, a trail sweep to bring up the rear – NO DIRTY GIRL LEFT BEHIND! We also carry first aid kits, we often provide water refills and a bus ride so you can hike one way instead of out and back. DGA also likes to end a hike with some time around the campfire with friends.

If you aren’t hiking with DGA  you’ll need to plan an out and back hike or arrange a car drop for one way hikes.

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This is from last FEBRUARY during the DGA Eagle Hike. Gorgeous day!

This is a list of suggested items to bring to the Annual Dirty Girls Go All the Way hike on October 21st and 22nd – you can sign up HERE! Remember, that while this particular event includes one night of primitive camping on the trail, we don’t carry our camping gear with us. We set up our basecamp and the Dirty Bus will transport us to the trailhead so that we can hike back with just our day packs. The Dirty Minions will bring us our lunch at the mid point. If you want to join us but don’t want to “go all the way” sign up for either Saturday or Sunday and go “half way” with us!

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The Dirty Bus makes a one way hike on the PLT a little easier!
Things to bring for camp:
For All the Way, there is a Vault toilet available and DGA will bring the insta-hot water maker for hand and face washing.
  • Folding lawn chair
  • Tent
  • Sleeping gear
  • Personal care items
  • Comfy camp clothes
  • Don’t forget any daily medications you might need
  • DGA provides the fire, the food and the coffee when we host an event so when you’re not with us you’ll need all of the stuff to take care of camp! 😉
Things to take on your hike: 
  • Hydration backpack with a capacity of  at least 2 Liters of water or more (bring it full to start your hike)
  • Snacks for the trail – be sure to include both protein and sugar or carbs – we like trail mixes, tortillas rolled with nut butters, apples, dried fruits and chocolate
  • Bring any medication that you might need on trail – epi-pen, insulin, etc.
  • Personal comfort items for along the trail  (things we take… lip balm, wipes for your hands, face or bum, eye drops if you have dry eyes or allergies of any type, if you are prone to blisters bring moleskin)
  • A fully charged smart phone with GPS capacity – in airplane mode or off to reserve battery
  • A copy of the trail map
  • Hiking poles – many prefer to hike with hiking poles to provide support for balance
  • If you aren’t with DGA, or even if you are, you should consider basic first aid supplies.

 

What to wear on the PLT: 
  • Long pants – this is a backwoods trail, there are stickers, stick tights and brush that you WILL contact
  • Wool blend socks
  • Hiking shoes or boots
  • Layers – we suggest tri-blend fabrics that dry quickly
  • Fleece jacket or rain gear depending on the forecast

March Events Open for Registration

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Sign up now for one or both of our March hiking events! The Thunder Ridge Three Mile is a short but awesome trail and the price includes lunch and time around the campfire with the Dirty Tribe! March Madness is an 8 mile trek on the Perry Lake Trail. We’ll build the campfire and you can bring your lawn chair, lunch and beverages to chillax post hike. Choose one or both for some great adventure in March! Click the blue links to visit the Dirty Shop for registration.

The Thunder Ridge Three Mile is Saturday March 4th, 2017 Check in time 8:30am with our hike start 9am.

This is a great intro to hiking in Northeast Kansas. The Thunder Ridge trail has some great woodland scenery, a great rock ledge, some steep inclines and declines, rocky, uneven surfaces and pasture sections. That said, it’s a great hike! Bring your friends, bring your kids, come outside with us!

 

This hike is located at Lake Perry Kansas within Slough Creek Campground area off of Ferguson Road. We will provide details to registrants on Monday March 27th. We will start and end at our Dirty Girl Basecamp for the day with time around the fire. Bring your lawn chair and beverages of your choice to go with lunch! We’ll decide the menu based on the weather – think campfire food!

 

Price includes your lunch which, regardless of the menu will be delicious!

Club Price: $30, Regular Price: $40, Youth Price: $10

What are you paying for? Trail support, instruction, guide, environmental information, fire, food and fun! Refund policy: We will refund your full payment up to Saturday February 25th – after that it’s too late, we will have been shopping for lunch!

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March Madness! Saturday March 11th, Check in time is 8:30am. Join us for 8 miles on the Perry Lake Trail! We will load the bus no later than 9am and should be hiking by 9:15ish! Plan for a late lunch around the fire around 1:30pm or so…. snacks for energy along the way are highly recommended!

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Join us to hike 8 Miles on the PLT (Perry Lake Trail). We will choose a section of this 29 mile trail to enjoy with you. This trail includes difficult, technical trail with steep inclines/declines. We’ll choose a great section of our favorite long hiking trail that will afford great views, solid challenges and a great basecamp for socializing around the fire at the end.  $40 regular $30 member $20 Youth

We will meet at our basecamp for the day so you can bring your cooler full of lunch and your lawn chair for post hike handiness! We’ll hop the Dirty Bus and ride to our start location then hike back to basecamp for time around the fire and social time with our Dirty Tribe.  This hike is going to be awesome, it is great practice and exposure to the Perry Lake Trail. If you are planning to “Go All the Way” in October this will be a great practice hike.

What are you paying for… Trail guide, coordination, information, trail support, bus ride, lead and sweep hikers for trail safety, fire, connection, eco info about our area!

Please know that we will hike in cold, snowy conditions – layer up and come on out. We will cancel if there is a risk of severe weather or if we judge the trail conditions to be dangerous. Otherwise, we’re hiking! 😀

Refund Policy – We will provide a full refund to you up until March 5th!

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Dirty Girl Camp Weekend

Yes, this year our annual September Retreat will be a little different – WE’RE GOING TO CAMP! Remember going to camp when you were a kid? Bunk beds, dining hall, campfires and s’mores? Yep, this retreat will have all of those things and more! We are going to be staying at Camp White on Council Grove Reservoir in the Flint Hills!! It is BEAUTIFUL THERE! Time to get away for a weekend to refresh and rejuvenate! (This is an event just for Dirty Girls!)

WHEN: September 23rd, 24th and 25th

WHERE: Camp White – located on Council Grove Reservoir in the Flint Hills

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TIME: Arrive Friday September 23rd between 4:30 – 7:30pm leave Sunday September 25th in the afternoon on your own schedule after 12pm (we will have activities until noon then you get a “to go” lunch to eat any where you choose – including your favorite spot at camp)

MEALS: Campfire and treats at 7:30pm Friday, three meals on Saturday, breakfast and lunch on Sunday, coffee, tea and snacks provided throughout the weekend

LODGING: We will bunk out in Big Red Cabin. We will share “suites” and sleep in bunk beds! You bring your bedding, pillows and towels as well as personal care items.

ACTIVITIES: Hiking, Kayaking, High Ropes Course, Art project, Restorative Yoga Stretching, Instruction in Mindfulness, Mindful Walking in the Labyrinth, Spirit Spots, time alone, cultivation of personal growth, increased self awareness and more personal connections!!!!

Please know that if you are worried about any of these activities and your own ability to participate, that they are all adaptable, this is a self challenge weekend!

        

BRING: Comfortable clothing that will accommodate changing temperatures and activities throughout the weekend, bedding, towel and toiletries, at least two pair of shoes, camera, an open mind and heart, a book, downloaded music and headphones, hat, sunscreen, bug spray.

COST:  $350 Regular and $300 Club Sign up NOW in the Dirty Shop! 

More details as we think of them will be sent in an email before CAMP!

DEADLINE FOR PAYMENT: SEPTEMBER 1st, 2016 with no refunds available. Earlier is better. 

REFUNDS:  Due to the planning time, lodging and meal components of this event, after August 23rd there will be no refunds. Extenuating circumstances will be considered. 

Kaw River Camp Out Adventure

Come with us for a Kaw River Camp Out! We will check in at Lecompton Rising Sun River Access at 2pm on Friday July 29th to load the kayaks with our gear then head to Lawrence to board the bus. We will be back in Lecompton to slide onto the river around 3:30pm. We will paddle a bit then set up our River Camp and eat some dinner around the fire. We will enjoy Saturday morning on the sandbar and paddle on around 10am to get out in Lawrence mid-day. Sign up now in the Dirty Shop

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This trip is about learning how to successfully pack, prepare and safely camp on the Kansas River and other rivers. We will teach you what you need to know to feel confident about future camping expeditions!

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We will provide: All of your paddling equipment (kayak, paddle, life jacket), kayak loading and gear transportation, a gear list for the event, River Guide service, camp expertise, fire, coffee and s’mores, instant warm and clean water to wash your hands and face on the sandbar, instruction and support with river knowledge and camp set up, and a ride on the Dirty Bus!

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You will need: Your camping equipment (tent, sleeping gear, snacks, water, dinner (hot dogs or brats to cook over the fire are welcome) and breakfast

When: Friday July 29th 2pm check in to load gear through mid-day Saturday July 30th

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Where: 2pm check in at Lecompton Rising Sun River Access – we will load gear then everyone will drive to Lawrence to leave our vehicles and board the bus at 3:15 ish

Cost: Regular price $120 Club price $100

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REFUND POLICY: Refunds are given up to one week before the date of the event no questions asked. If refunds impact your minimum of 6 participants, the event will be cancelled and everyone will get a refund. After that date, refunds are not given unless there are exceptional circumstances. Dirty Girl Adventures may cancel an event due to weather conditions. Everyone will receive a refund if that is the reason for cancellation. We will paddle and hike in cool, rainy or snowy conditions. Cancellation only occurs in severe weather or other dangerous conditions.

Equipment Policy: You lose it or break it you buy it! Kayaks $350, Paddles $80 Life Jackets $20

It’s SUMMER TIME!

What have you been doing with your spring and summer? Dirty Girl Adventures has been KAYAKING and Stand Up Paddling and enjoying time with many wonderful people!13582054_621741111333809_8459319761688964710_oWe have been spending some quality time outside with some great people. Although we had a very wet spring, which slowed down our access to the Mighty Kaw, we have been getting out and about quite a bit.  Every day is an opportunity for a new adventure.  Self challenge and self care go hand in hand – take some time to breathe!13532852_619117708262816_8898646464518420913_nWe are also pretty happy that the rain brought the official end of the drought that Kansas has been struggling with for several years.13432199_614991542008766_2917819030634092476_n13244688_10154245043188593_8220527793298573344_nOur summer schedule is full of adventure, we hope yours is as well!  We have many events scheduled for fall LINK TO SCHEDULED EVENTS and several fall events are open for registration in the DIRTY SHOP.  We also have some pretty awesome tank tops in stock for summer paddling or hiking TANK TOPS13407293_614329615408292_3716400088625927906_nIf you were hoping to schedule a private event, don’t give up!  We have openings for both hiking and kayaking events starting in September – contact Denise at deniseselbeekoch@gmail.com or 785-608-7888 to schedule your fall color kayaking event now! September, October and November are beautiful on the River, the Lake or the Trail!  Come on outside with us! You’ll put a smile like these on your face and the faces of your Dirty Friends and Family! 

We have enjoyed many adventures and we’re ready for more!  We are thankful to all who have joined us thus far and hope to see you all again.  If you haven’t been able to join us yet this Adventure season, check the schedule and get outside with us!  13230246_601482456693008_2131353885178400008_n13411759_612425962265324_6448854063655075497_o13559184_620271948147392_8184689788672541651_oOh, we also bought a BUS!  Yes, we now have a Dirty Bus!  This was our first bus ride!13495641_620271744814079_6331365763207957360_o

Hope to see you outside soon!

Dirty Girls Got Away!

In April, the Dirty Girls took some time to Get Away and enjoy a Dirty Girls Weekend.  We traveled to the Lied Lodge and Conference Center in Nebraska City  (beautiful and comfortable) for some time to pamper ourselves and to spend quality time together.

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We couldn’t just relax inside the whole time so we also spent the day exploring Indian Cave State Park.  It is a gorgeous park with great hiking trails.  Spring brought lush green foliage to the trail which, against all odds, was uphill both ways! 20160430_120132

We enjoyed the weekend together both on the trail and at the lodge.  It was a good time to cultivate both “me” time and our relationships with old friends and new.

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We were joined by poet and actress, Annette Hope Billings, on Saturday evening.  She shared some of her poetry with us and then led us in discussion of our experience.  This was an insightful experience and it resulted in a wonderful poem written by our entire group. It was an intense experience to be part of sharing thoughts and feelings that we often hold close to our hearts and leave unsaid.  We love Annette and hope that you will visit her website to learn more about her work.

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We have been busy kayaking and hiking so this story seems belated but it was a WONDERFUL weekend and we loved every minute of it!  We believe that the pictures and the fruit or our labors (this poem Annette so skillfully pulled out of us) tells the true story of our time together!

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The Path To Be Free

We began our journey in a world of green

turned lush like velvet beneath a covering of clouds.

We entered a wilderness as sacred as a church,

where our hymns became the songs of frogs,

and choruses of raindrops falling on a canopy of leaves

and the fluttering wings of startle birds.

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We walked in worship there

where the sheer absence of sound

brought us to a place of peace.

We marveled at the contrast of intentionally-burned stumps

that served to brighten the green of thriving trees.

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We walked on in our snowless globe of mist

where even the struggle of steep, muddy climbs

was no match for our resilience.

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The expected downpour kept at bay,

we hiked paths that were like our lives.

Some began straight, then turned into curves

and easy valleys morphed to difficult hills.

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We stepped back into long-forgotten boxes of childhood

where being outside was our second home.

Our eyes took in the gifts of Paw-Paw trees

and watched Jack-in-the-Pulpit preach as we walked by.

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We took in the lessons the Mighty Mo taught us—

that swift currents of life can steal our control,

and precious is the time we make for ourselves

and golden are the memories of hearts lit with laughter.

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We take home the gifts of time spent with amazing women,

and the powerful synergy of achieving a common goal,

and pictures that capture bonds strengthened with old friends

along with connections made between friends who are new.

We will return to lives that will tend to confine us,

but now we have Dirty Girl knowledge of the path to be free.

 

Annette Hope Billings and The Dirty Girls of the 2016

Indian Cave State Park Hike and Lied Lodge Adventure

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Lessons from the Trail

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!

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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!

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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!!!  

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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!

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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!  

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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!!!

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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!

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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

 

Lake Yak Events are Scheduled!

20140625_203409Yay!  It’s almost time to get on the water with our kayaks!  We have two events scheduled back to back on May 22nd.  The first, an afternoon Lake Yak will include paddling from 3:30-5:30pm.  The second, a Sunset Lake Yak will include paddling from 6:30-8:30pm. Choose the time slot that fits your schedule best.

1545103_10152568020883593_573806904773561628_nWe will gather to paddle Lake Perry on a warm and sunny (hopefully) afternoon. Join us to spend two hours on the lake. Renters will receive instruction, all necessary gear (kayak, paddle, life jacket) and guided support while on the water. This adventure is bound to be relaxing and rejuvenating for you and your friends. We will paddle out along the shore line to see any possible wildlife, while talking and connecting along the way. Bring your beverages and a lawn chair for around the fire.

DSCF5175WHAT: 2 hour Lake Yak – renters receive use of a kayak, paddle, life jacket, instruction, guide on the water

WHEN: May 22nd from 3:30 – 5:30pm CHECK IN TIME IS 3pm

WHEN: May 22nd from 6:30 – 8:30pm CHEKC IN TIME IS 6pm

WHERE: Old Town Campground, Lake Perry

COST: $30 per person, $24 Club, $5 OYO

20140814_192941CANCELLATION and REFUND POLICY: You will be eligible for a refund if you notify Denise by email at deniseselbeekoch@gmail.com NO LATER than one week before the event. After that date, no refunds will be given. Every effort to sell your spot to a person on the waiting list will be made but after one week prior to the event there are no guarantees. DGA will cancel an event if there is a concern regarding safety, primarily due to severe or extremely inclement weather or conditions.

DSCF5189WHAT ARE YOU PAYING FOR: Experienced instruction and guide, organization of event, lifting, hauling, cleaning, loading, use of a kayak, paddle and PFD Personal Flotation Device

It’s time to Get Away!

The Dirty Girls Get Away is coming up Friday April 29th, Saturday April 30th and Sunday May 1st, 2016

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Destination? The Lied Lodge and Conference Center will host us for our over nights, meals and recreation other than our Saturday hike and lunch at Indian Cave State Park.

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Choose the inclusive package that fits your needs the best! If you can get away on Friday afternoon to join us at the Lied Lodge for relaxing – please do! Dinner is on your own that night but whether you eat on the road or at the Lodge you are welcome to join us for some social time Friday evening! Odds are that we will be chillaxing on the patio behind our rooms!

Our adventure last year can never be repeated.  The rain was an amazing deluge, but the company and the crazy adventure was special.  It was a great weekend to be together. It is safe to say that we left with closer friendships and memories to last a lifetime!

If you can’t make it up on Friday, please plan to join us Saturday at Indian Cave State Park for the hike and day spent on the trail. We will furnish lunch and trail support/guidance.

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We will relax around the pool or in the hot tub post-hike and then gather for dinner (included) and an art project (included). Last year we overflowed the hot tub after our “hike” aka slip and slide through the forrest!

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Sunday morning we will gather for breakfast (personally I can’t wait for that yummy oatmeal made with fresh apple cider) and likely plan to take in some of the sights of the Arbor Day Farm if you are up for joining us.

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Just know that the company you will be sharing on this Get Away! is sublime! A weekend with the Dirty Girls is always an adventure and this Get Away is designed for the ultimate in relaxing yet challenging adventure. The hike will include a long option and a shorter option as well as a no hike sight seeing within Indian Cave State Park option. Some time in the woods by the river whether you are hiking for a distance, taking a short walk or even sitting under a tree is always a good time with the Dirty Girls!

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Last year, we hiked in a veritable monsoon, slid down every hill we came to and in general had an AMAZING time! There is no way to guarantee the weather but we feel confident in guaranteeing that you will have a great weekend with the Dirty Girls when you join us for the Get Away!

This event is Friday April 29th through Sunday May 1st, 2016.  Sign up NOW in the Dirty Shop!   If you have questions about the offerings, don’t hesitate to email Denise at deniseselbeekoch@gmail.com! 

• Friday/Saturday 2 person shared room Package $320 per person (Find a Dirty Girl Roommate!) This package includes Friday night lodging, Saturday breakfast, Saturday hike and lunch, Saturday night lodging, dinner and an art project, Sunday breakfast

• Friday/Saturday Solo Package $420 This package is the ultimate in personal Get Away! It includes your private room both Friday and Saturday night with dinner on your own Friday, Saturday breakfast, Saturday hike and lunch, Saturday dinner and an art project and wraps up with Sunday breakfast!
• Saturday 2 person shared room Package $220 each (Find a Dirty Girl Roommate!) This package includes Saturday hike and lunch, Saturday night lodging, dinner and an art project, Sunday breakfast

• Saturday Solo Package $285 This package is a personal Get Away! It includes the Saturday hike and lunch, Saturday dinner and an art project your own private room Saturday night, and wraps up with Sunday breakfast!

• Saturday Day Tripper Package $50 This package includes hike and lunch.