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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’ Get Away!

head_rearviewThere is exactly one month left to register (Deadline March 16th) for the amazing, first of its kind – Dirty Girls’ Get Away which is scheduled for April 17th, 18th and 19th!  We will be visiting the Lied Lodge in Nebraska City, Nebraska.  It is a gorgeous and comfortable lodge with many amenities!

poolFrom gorgeous rooms, great food, pool, jacuzzi, spa and wines made on site at the Arbor Day Farm! In fact, I’m hoping to participate in the Friday night wine tasting that they offer – $5 for 4 tastes – surely I’ll find one I like!

wine-new-labelWe will spend Friday evening relaxing and socializing in the Lied Lodge. As is usual with us Dirty Girls, the Tribal Gathering and social time will be divine! We will share some life stories and encouragement as we prepare for a day of hiking on Saturday. Our goal is to build you up and encourage you to challenge yourself to enjoy new adventures! Doesn’t this little spot look like a nice place to hang out and chat with some Dirty Girls?

Lounge_Counches_320_000Saturday, after a delicious breakfast, we will carpool to “Nebraska’s best kept secret” Indian Cave State Park!

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We will spend Saturday hiking the trails along the Mighty Missouri River.  The hills and bluffs offer excellent views from the 25 miles of trails throughout the park.  The Dirty Mama’s have mapped out a hike that can accommodate the short hiker and the long hiker!  We will enjoy a boxed lunch on the trail (included in your cost and furnished by the Lied Lodge).

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I enjoyed a great weekend with my wonderful friends last year which is when the plan for this Dirty Girl Get Away was hatched!  Although we camped, we experienced a pretty cold night and lots of blowing dirt so we thought that it would be well worth it to combine comfort with our outdoor adventure!  The packages that we have created are designed to meet the financial situation of a variety of Dirty Girls.  (This is a Dirty Girl only event – no Dudes – but it is open to both club members and others.) The packages all include lodging, breakfast in the mornings Saturday and Sunday, Saturday lunch and dinner with one beverage.  If you can’t get away on Friday, it is a short 2 hour drive to join us Saturday morning!

 

 

 

 

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For the short hikers, local exploration in Indian Cave State Park includes a variety of pretty cool spots that you can visit with MacGyver Julie while the long hikers keep moving. The day should be beautiful!  After a full day, we will return to the Lied Lodge for some chillaxing and a delicious dinner in the Timber Lodge (instead of a tent!)!

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We will provide a really cool commemorative craft during the evening hours as well as some quality social time with a focus on self-care and refreshing your spirit! Sunday morning, we will leisurely enjoy breakfast together, then enjoy a relaxing hike into the Arbor Day Farm Grounds to visit the Treehouse 50 feet in the air!  It looks SO cool!  Then we will all head home, refreshed and rejuvenated (oh, who am I kidding we will most likely be a bit tired from such an awesome time!).

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Check out this event in the Dirty Shop and get signed up now! You can choose the package that best fits you.  Make a plan and sign up with a roommate or for the Deluxe Solo Package.  All the details are available here!

Hope you can join us!  Questions?  Email me at deniseselbeekoch@gmail.com!

Dirty Girls Make Art!!

Custom Collage Workshop

Sunday, January 11th, 2015

Workshop will be hosted at The Crooked Post Winery 

2:30 – 5:30pm – Register NOW at The Dirty Shop! 

$40 (includes instruction, supplies and a glass of wine!)

yimg-1119831496-1-1390413816Join the Dirty Girls for an expression of your creativity to kick off the New Year! Denise and Jennifer of Dirty Girl Adventures will guide you in the creation of a Custom Collage. The goal? To design a piece of art that speaks to you! Each piece is different, expressing the beliefs and desires of the individual who creates it.

DSC_0949 This is not a “goal setting” event. While January is a traditional time to set personal goals, or resolutions, we are more interested in focusing on what inspires, motivates or moves your spirit so that when you need a boost or reminder throughout the year, you will have it in a beautiful and personal piece of artwork! If you have a quote, verse, lyric or photo that embodies this for you, please bring a copy with you if you’d like.

yimg-1133488408-1-1669175394We will help you will create a piece of art that will guide and support you throughout 2015. What is important to you? How will you stay focused during the daily hectic-ness of life? Our class is a time to think about this while simultaneously creating art, hanging out with your friends and enjoying an afternoon of relaxation at Crooked Post Winery!

DSC_0950Sign up through the Dirty Shop or in person at Crooked Post Winery.

 

 

The 2nd Annual Ass Kicker was a kick ass time!

Soooo, a month or so ago 27 Dirty Girls took to the River on a hot, dry, low water, slow moving summer day.  It was a glorious day for an adventure!  The toughest river adventure of the summer!  We started out at the 8th street boat ramp in Lawrence, where the water is relatively quick after going over the Bowersock Dam.  It was already feeling hot as we got ready to launch onto the Kansas River!

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Dirty Girl Kelly shared a special program with us – “I RUN 4”.  This program matches those that can with those that can’t – the best motivation to run, walk, hike, kayak is to do it for others!  All 27 Dirty Girls donated their 20 miles on the Kaw to Kelly’s partner Alie!

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Although it was 100*, it really doesn’t feel that hot when you are on the water.  This event was fun, but it was also a challenge.  An interesting combination of pain and pleasure, joy and despair!  Hopefully, the despair was short lived for most of us.  Usually it came when we realized that, once again, we would have to get out a pull our kayaks!

DSCF5269Mostly though, there was joy!  Joy in the day, the sky, the water and the sand!  Joy in the excellent camaraderie and fellowship of a gang of Dirty Girls!  Sand bars are awesome places of adventure!  Treasures are buried in the sand, interesting rocks, fossils, minerals and detritus of humans living along the river. I call them River Findings.  😀

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This big log was stunning!  We will camp here sometime soon!

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It wouldn’t have been an ass kicker if the water had been higher … and flowing faster!

Dirty Girl Knucklehead Pam helps out Dirty Girl Hot Foot Stacy with a ride to avoid burning sands.  What are Dirty Girl friends for anyway?!

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A quote from Dirty Girl Tina,  “I had such a great time yesterday! No way could I have done this a year ago! So thankful for the Original Dirty Girls and all the other Dirty Girls who inspire and motivate me every day! I feel there is nothing I can not accomplish if I put my mind to it!!”

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A quote from Dirty Girl Dawn, Flying Fish Girl!   “Thank you for organizing such a wonderful day for us. I came home certainly feeling exhausted, but also exhilarated, strong, and accomplished. I’m looking forward to resting, cleaning some serious sand and mud out of my kayak and clothes from yesterday, showing off my shirt, and thinking back on today with a smile. And of course telling stories of sandbars, paddling hard, bald eagles and flying fish. Thank you again!!”

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It was a great day to spend with the Dirty Girls!

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I feel like I have wrestled with a bear this afternoon! BUT! What an accomplishment for me and my Dirty Girls! 20 miles weren’t easy. Hell, I think only 2 were easy! Big shout out to my Dirty Sisters that helped with the flooded tipped over kayak! That was a true difficult moment. Had it not been for the three of you, the kayak would still be on the bottom of the Kaw and I would be stranded on a sandbar with nothing but a soaked backpack.
This was a truly great experience for me. Things I forgot My body could do! We Kicked Ass on the river!!
Xoxo
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These Dirty Girls are a strong, determined and independent group of women!  So amazing!  Couldn’t choose a better way to spend the day paddling on the Kaw than to spend it with these women!

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WE DID IT!  This challenge was conquered!  It was fun, tough, sandy, fishy, sunny and fabulous!  The best part?  The amazing women who are adventurous, brave and willing to kick their own asses!  Thanks for coming out with the Dirty Girls!

xoxoxox

The Dirty Mutha!

Dirty Girls went ALL the Way!

It was a rainy week.  The ground was wet and the air was cold.  It was time to hike 29 miles in two days!  This was a challenge and a joy enjoyed by Dirty Girls and other slightly strange people!  Joking aside, it turned out to be a gorgeous weekend!  All told, with some extra steps included, the fitbit wearing Dirty Girls agreed that our total mileage for the weekend was 32.75 miles – 18 on Saturday and 14.75 on Sunday!!  WooHoo!  Here are the pictures and a couple of cool stories to go along with them! Here are some pictures and highlights from our weekend!  The Redy2Party Bus picked us up right on time at 8:30 Saturday morning.  It was a crisp and cool morning, but bright and beautiful!

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We had a great view of Perry Lake as we hiked the trail along the edge of the lake. We observed many migratory birds, including my favorite American White Pelican aka Black Wing-tipped Pelican.  They are super cool!  Check them out here!  Their wingspan ranges from 6 to 9 feet!

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Those of us at the front of the line enjoyed a few special sights.  First, I fell within the first 10 minutes on the trail in an amazing and dramatic crash.  WOW!  The bruise is still really painful.  Luckily, I’m the Dirty Mutha so I kept going!  Second, we saw two foxes running and playing in the woods.  When they saw us, they changed direction rapidly!  They were awesome.  (I had my camera in my hand and didn’t even raise it to my face!)

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Dirty Girls! Monkey and Gadget Girl!

These are just a few of the brave and adventurous women who are members of tribe Dirty Girl!  They looked a little more fresh and energetic at the beginning of the adventure that they did at the end but they seemed proud, confident and accomplished event though they were blistered and tired out!  Most were covered with stick tights, poison ivy oils and some small amount of sweat along with their glory!

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These brave girls came out for their first adventure for a 29 mile hike! Now THAT is amazing! Great getting to know them on the trail!
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Dirty GIrls make great friends!

This is one of the gajillion interesting, weird and pretty cool fungus we saw along the trail. It is spiky and cool.   It’s a puffer type fungi and when dry it will poof out spores.

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This cool flat grass is Inland Sea Oats.  Pretty!

DSCF5328The blue flashes mark the trail.  If there are two stacked blue spots, they mark a turn.  This trail is maintained by volunteers so while we hiked, we sprayed new signs along the path.  I also have lovely blue overspray on my camera and watchband!  

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This is the map of the Perry Lake Trail!

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DSCF5373Dirty Girls had time for conversation and contemplation both while maintaining a steady pace over a rough and tough terrain.  The diversity of our group is what makes it great.  Women from all over northeast Kansas joined us for this adventure, coming together with determination and humor to enjoy the weekend together.

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One of the things I have loved the most about this amazing adventure has been meeting and getting to know so many determined, adventurous, interesting, caring, motivated women.  I have enjoyed quality friendships with a few women in my lifetime but this summer I have been able to add many more – more than I ever thought I would find in my lifetime.  Some, I haven’t even begun to know but I can tell that they have much to offer.  I am eager to continue to grow these friendships.  They are enriching, energizing and inspiring to me!

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Lunch on the t rail isnt  so tough when Dirty Mama MacGyver Julie brings it to you!  Comfy chairs and warm water to wash our hands!
Lunch on the trail is the best when Dirty Mama MacGyver Julie brings it to you! Comfy chairs and warm water to wash our hands! Thanks MacGyver!

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This awesome dog – tribal name Dirty Dog – joined us for most of day 2.  We attempted to track down her original owner and left information at the shelter and no one wanted her.  This was a meant to be moment as Dirty Mama Jennifer had been wishing for a dog!  Kiowa aka Dirty Dog, now has a loving home and a tribe of awesome Dirty Girls!

10704184_345259332315323_7522841142142303499_nI kept telling them that we had 2 more miles to go … they were beginning to doubt! The official trail distance is 29 but with extras and detours we covered 32.75.

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THE END!  This is the group at the end of day 2 – what a great bunch!

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Overall, it was a great adventure.  We accomplished something difficult, challenging, enjoyable and strengthening – both physically and emotionally.  We can do it!  There are a million pictures to include but I have to stop somewhere so this is it!  Photo credits to Dirty Girl Lorraine, Dirty Mama Jennifer and possibly a couple of other Dirty Girls!

Thanks to all of the Dirty Girls who joined us for this giant adventure!  Thanks to the Dirty Mamas for all of their love and support and to the Dirty Minions for their help throughout the weekend.  

See you on the trail!  Love each and every one of you for your brave and adventurous determination and overall fabulosity!!

xoxoxox

Denise aka Original Dirty Girl aka The Dirty Mutha!

Hot Times were had by all!

Last Sunday a group of about 40 paddlers set out for a paddle from Lecompton to Lawrence on the Mighty Kaw.  The river was running low and slow so we were ready to paddle!  Happily, the day wasn’t incredibly hot and the wind was a breeze instead of a gale!

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This summer has been full of kayaking and getting to know sooo many new Dirty Girls!  It has been wonderful to meet and begin friendships with so many women who are energized and ready for Outdoor Adventure!

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Every trip down the river is a new and different experience.  The variables are constant — water flow, water level, people in the group, sand bars, fossils, wild life — each trip is a special event.

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Kayaking on the river brings a relaxation of both the body and the mind.  It is a great way to spend the day.

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Dirty Girls do it on the Water Tank Tops are HERE!!!!!!!!!

Check these out!  My favorite t-shirt printing company Happy Shirt has created these awesome tanks!  I love these because they are super cute and flowy to wear over my swimsuit or out for some dancing!  Flattering for every Dirty Girl, these tanks rock!  They are Bella “flowy racerback tanks” and they are available NOW!!  WooooHoooo!

DirtyGirlsWaterproofTanks are $22 and they are AWESOME!!

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Dirty Mamas go camping!

Well, it’s a Dirty job but someone has to do it!  Myself and the Dirty Mama’s took a road trip to Indian Cave State Park in Nebraska. 20140328_181452 Our goal?  A good time, a great hike, quality time together and reconnaissance for a future Dirty Girl Club event!  We smashed all of our gear into the truck – needless to say Dirty Mama’s have a tendency to be over prepared! So we had a lot of stuff! 10006266_10203223781332494_1544734481_n We set up our camp and got a good fire started.  I was happy to see that my little home made fire starters worked great!  I saved toilet paper tubes, stuffed them full of dryer lint then poured melted wax (Pink Zebra Sprinkles that didn’t smell sweet any more) over both ends – sealing in the lint.  Ka-Pow!  Free fire starters!

IMG_20140329_220608 We tucked in to some delicious dinner and a bit of wine and great conversation.  It is so wonderful to have such friends as these!  We are able to be our own true selves together.  We are all so different yet we are able to come together and appreciate each other.

DSCF4763We had a pretty cold night. It was in the 20’s overnight and we had frost on the ground when we woke up.  Luckily, Julie is awesome and made us delicious egg, Canadian bacon, cheese English muffins on the fire to go with our amazing french press coffee and cream!  We geared up an headed to the trail.  First stop was the Missouri River, second was the Indian Cave to see the petroglyphs then hike the trails!

DSCF4703 DSCF4715unnamed This was pretty cool.  The Geologic formation is called Loess it is only located in a couple of places in the world.  It is defined as “a loosely compacted yellowish-gray deposit of windblown sediment of which extensive deposits occur, e.g., in eastern China and the American Midwest.”  Did I mention that I am a Geology nerd??  After checking this out, we started hiking the trail – the start of the trail was a pretty big hill.

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20140329_130824We made it to the top, which was an amazing view of the Missouri River!  We took a rest, had a snack and kept on going!

20140329_125353It turned out to be an absolutely gorgeous day for a hike!  The sun was bright and the wind was light.  We hiked all the way back to our camp site along the river.  It was gorgeous. Hiking in early spring is bomb diggity!  No bugs, no brush and the ability to see through the trees makes for a great view.  The trail has multiple camping spots for those who choose to pack it in and there are some Adirondack shelters for camping as well.  Pretty cool trail. 

1510935_10203223779572450_978034345_nIt was a lovely weekend and a lovely state park.  The opportunity to get away from our normal daily lives and to hang out together was awesome.  It is interesting how we are all different but we blend together to better understand each other and ourselves.  Quality time!

There were many things to see…

DSCF4737 DSCF4743 DSCF4744It was funny, after driving 2 hours from home and hiking a couple of hours, we ended at this overlook.  We met a couple of dads and their kids and began chatting.  Hilarious!  They were from home! They were nice and took this picture of us!

DSCF4760 DSCF4751I absolutely love each of these women.  They are each individual, amazing, funny, smart, capable, brave, wise, ridiculous, loving, caring and special to me. They are a gift to me each day.

Sooooooo…. what does our great time have to do with the Dirty Girl Club??  We had such a great time and really, really loved it and we want to share it with the Dirty Girl Club! We are planning a spring retreat to Indian Cave State Park!  We did decide that tent camping in the cold was amazing but possibly overrated so we checked out a local place to stay.  Our first choice is the Lied Lodge in Nebraska City.  It’s close enough to get to Indian Cave State Park and comfy enough to make a Dirty Girl happy!!  I’m working on dates and rates for a very special trip next spring!  It’s going to be great! Check out the Lied Lodge … I’ll keep you posted on the plans as they develop!

 

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