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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!

Venture In – Adventure Out: A Retreat Especially for Women

wedding in the woods HD Images New vintage wedding dress girl forest summer sun flare background hdOur personal and professional schedules can be demanding and create the sense that we don’t have time to take care of ourselves. When we do have a moment to breathe, we are bombarded with information so it takes intentional effort to unplug from technology, media, and the noise of the world.

That is why we invite you to join us to: Venture In – Adventure Out: A Retreat designed specifically for Women. Your mind, body, and soul will be fed so that you can be the best version of you in all aspects of your life!

Venture In-You will heighten awareness of how your energy is impacting you and those around you. Not only will you gain clarity, you will have the opportunity to release some clutter that has weighed you down or blocked you from achieving the goals you have in your personal or professional life.

 

Adventure Out—You will learn the concepts of mindful intention and learn two nature focused mindful practices. Connecting with nature allows us to reconnect to ourselves which readies us for connection with others. We will practice strategies that you can take with you so that your ability to relax, reset and rejuvenate will be strengthened.

 

We will also feature a hands on creative activity that will provide you with a lasting piece of original artwork to inspire and remind you of what you learn.

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We will enjoy a restorative yoga session from Annemarie of Peace, Love, Joy Yoga which will provide reinforcing relaxation strategies you can repeat at home.

 

You will also have time to connect with others and a delicious and healthy breakfast and lunch.

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Join us at Camp on Friday evening to relax around the fire and participate in our Campfire Conversations about life and living. (Eat dinner before you come or bring your meal/snacks along) Lodging will be camp style in cabins and bunk beds. Saturday September 8th will bring breakfast together, followed by a day FULL of relevant and useful information, strategies, fun, time outside, connection with others and an increased sense of well-being.

Details: 

Times: Friday September 7th 6:30pm until Saturday September 8th at 5:30pm

Friday September 7th anytime after 6:00pm – sunset is at 7:45 and our Campfire Conversations will begin then – be sure to have eaten dinner or bring your dinner. We will provide campfire snacks.

Saturday: Healthy Breakfast, Lunch and Snacks provided – plan to dress in comfortable clothing that will allow movement, time outside, yoga and possibly slightly messy creativity!

Location: The Falley Scout Reservation near Lake Perry, Kansas that includes bunkhouse lodging in a gorgeous natural setting.

Cost: $300 Special Early Bird Rate $250 through July 1, 2018

You MUST PRE-REGISTER in the Dirty Shop! 

Our refund policy allows for a full refund when we receive WRITTEN notification via email to adventure@dirtygirladventures.net 3 full weeks prior to the event – ie: August 24th.

This retreat is a collaboration between Dirty Girl Adventures, LLC and Venture In!

Who are we?

Dirty Girl Adventures, LLC is Denise Selbee-Koch aka The Dirty Mutha and Jennifer Woerner aka Wild Rose… we think you probably know us! 😀

Denise Selbee-Koch is the Original Dirty Girl and Owner of Dirty Girl Adventures, LLC. She has 25 years of experience as a Social Worker and a lifetime of experience as an Outdoor Adventurer. Denise loves to hike, kayak, backpack, camp and meander through the woods, on a sandbar and along the shore. She is a Licensed Master’s Level Social Worker with experience in therapy, environmental education, outdoor adventure, fitness, and nutrition. Her areas of expertise are in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Mindfulness, Solution Focused Therapy, Positive Behavior Supports and in supporting individuals in developing management strategies for stress, anxiety, depression and self care.

Jennifer Woerner is the Creative Director and Co-Owner of Dirty Girl Adventures, LLC. She has 15 years of experience as an Occupational Therapist and a lifetime experience as an Outdoor Adventurer. She loves to hike, kayak, backpack, camp and relax by the campfire with friends. Jennifer has experience in life skills therapies, environmental education, outdoor adventure, fitness and nutrition. Her areas of expertise are in developing hands on, action based activities to teach and support personal growth and development.

Venture In is represented by Tamara Konrade.

She is the Director of INspired Leadership and Venture In. Denise met Tamara two years ago and was truly INspired! We can’t WAIT for this collaboration! Tamara is an educator, consultant, inspirational speaker, wife, mother and friend. Her experience in coaching and consulting with genuine wisdom and caring will fill your heart. Here’s Tamara in her own words…

“I have a gift for drawing out the strengths and talents of others. It excites me to help people uncover their abilities and realize how to use them in ways they never imagined in their homes, communities and organizations.

I have a heart and passion for people who feel they’re not enough. Maybe they feel they don’t match up to what others want or need them to be. Perhaps they’re wearing masks in different roles like marriage and parenting, or business and leadership. It doesn’t matter what title someone holds, down deep we are all humans experiencing life in the best (or only) way we know how.

It’s my honor to help you uncover what is getting in your way of experiencing life to the fullest – with purpose and freedom.”

Get registered ASAP to participate in this first time special offering! We can’t wait to share with you! 

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. 

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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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!

Hike with the Eagles – SOLD OUT!

I had the opportunity to pop the kayak into the Delaware River a couple of weeks ago.  It was a beautiful day and we enjoyed great company on the water!  We also saw this guy along the river banks.  He was posing just for us!

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What a response, our Eagle Hike on February 28th is FULL!  We have mapped out two spots to take you that will provide some opportunity for quiet observation and watching Eagles as well as longer hiking.  We aim to please but please know that we can’t guarantee Eagle sightings!  It is MOST likely that we will see Eagles!  The Dirty Girl Club took a hike last weekend and we spotted 12 eagles, some of them up close!

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Dirty Girl Photographer Kembry Gibbs has taken some excellent photos and was willing to share them with me!  She is a patient watcher and has observed Eagles at play, feeding and taking care of the nest.  We are hoping to see some of these same activities on the 28th.

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If you didn’t get signed up for this hike, take some time to wander around both Clinton Lake and Perry Lake looking for Eagles!  There are now many nesting pairs and plenty of juveniles flying around the lower 48 states and even here in Kansas! There are also some other interesting sights to be seen OUTSIDE so get out there and take a hike!

If you don’t want to miss the next Dirty Girl Adventure, sign up now in the Dirty Shop! There is an 8 Mile Hike on March 28th scheduled and BIG EXCITEMENT there is a Dirty Girl Get Away scheduled at the Lied Lodge and Indian Cave State Park in Nebraska in April (April 17th and 18th) and the Down and Dirty 3 Mile is April 25th!  Get on over to the Dirty Shop and take a look!

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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!

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A peek at the 2015 Adventure Calendar!

Currently, these are the 2015 Scheduled Adventures! Links to register will become available as the time for each event draws near.   Meanwhile, mark your calendar and call your Dirty Girls to make a plan!

January 11th, 2015 Custom Collage Workshop

2:30 – 5:30 at Crooked Post Winery, Ozawkie

$40 includes instruction, supplies and a glass of delicious wine

yimg-1133488408-1-1669175394Join us for an afternoon of creativity! The Creative – Custom Collage Class will provide you with the supplies, instruction and some camaraderie while you create a unique work of art! The goal is to create a piece of art that will inspire, encourage and motivate you throughout the year. No pressure – we will guide you through the steps necessary to create a special and creative piece of art! Oh, did we mention that the venue for this event is the Crooked Post Winery? Yep, relax with your Dirty Girls, make art and drink wine! Bring your friends to meet the Dirty Girls and discuss upcoming adventures!

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Welcome to Dirty Girl Adventures 2015 Hiking Season!

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All hikes will include travel over rough, rocky trail with portions of steep incline and decline. Hikes will be guided, with quality trail support provided. Total distance will vary from event to event. Hikes will occur in cold weather, possibly through snow. Cancellation may occur due to severe weather or active precipitation. Trail support will include leader, mid-line hiker and sweep hiker to provide direction, any needed first aide and encouragement! Each event is unique with a variety of special amenities! Come out to enjoy a Dirty Girl Adventure this season!

February 28th, 2015  Hike with the Eagles!

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$20 or $35 by 2/12/15 with T-shirt included

A chilly but scenic time to hike, February is THE prime time to see American Bald Eagles in their natural habitat – right here in Kansas! This hike will be progressive – we will start at one short trail, hike and view then carpool to the next viewing/hiking area and repeat! Hiking will be around Lake Perry Kansas and the Kansas River. We will assess the weather and choose our distance and specific locations accordingly as we get closer to the date. For now, plan to set aside 10am – 3pm for some quality time! Our goal at this time would be to meet at 10am and get our feet on the trail by 10:30am. We will likely travel about 3 miles then load up to carpool to our next location for another 3 miles. We may stop at a couple of excellent viewing spots as well. Most likely our total hiking distance will be 6-8 miles with at least one “warm up” time in the car as we travel to the next viewing/hiking spot. Our Check-in start and Finish will be a local eating and drinking establishment – comfortable for warming up and socializing post event!

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 March 28th, 2015  Spring Fling!

10am – 3pm

$20 or $35 by 3/12/15 with T-shirt included

This brisk spring hike will take us 8 miles with the Dirty Girls through some awesome terrain. We will get moving to see what we can see as we travel along a portion of the Lake Perry Trail. The specific section of trail will be revealed, as we get closer to the date! The end of the hike will include delicious food and celebration of our accomplishment!

 April 17th through 19th, 2015  Dirty Girls Get Away!

Dirt Girl Logo23 (1)Deadline for registration March 2nd, 2015 Register now when you visit the Dirty Shop

Join the Dirty Girls for a Great Get Away in neighboring Nebraska. We will Lodge at the amazing Lied Lodge (lobby pictured below)lobby in Nebraska, hike in the gorgeous Indian Cave State Park on Saturday and enjoy the camaraderie of Dirty Girls! Various packages are available to accommodate all the Dirty Girls – stay Friday and Saturday nights or just Saturday night. This Get Away! Includes lodging, meals, hiking, time to relax, time to socialize and enjoy the amazing community of the Dirty Girls!

 

April 25th, 2015  Down and Dirty 3 Mile! 

$20 or $35 by 4/9/15 with T-shirt included

This will be the perfect distance and day to enjoy your 20140426_132356-1_thumb.jpgDirty Peeps! We will gather for some social time then start out all together on a lovely spring hike. This is the event that brings ALL of us together, from the youngest to the oldest; it’s the day to enjoy your Dirty Girls! This terrain will be easier than the rough trail we usually travel, or at least shorter! We will enjoy healthy snacks and quality social time around the fire when we are done. Location and details TBD as spring arrives!

May 9th, 2015 Dirty Girls do it in the Woods! For 8-Miles!

$20 or $35 by 4/9/15 with T-shirt includedDSCF4117It’s the 8-mile hike to top off the spring hiking season. This will be a great hike as the woods come to life with fresh green buds and blooms.

DSCF1958[3]Enjoy the day with your Dirty Peeps as we tramp through the forest, over hill and dale and ending with some great food and social time to celebrate our accomplishment.

 

 

June 6th and 7th, 2015 Kayak Extravaganza!  

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The Kayak Extravaganza! Come and learn the basics of recreational kayaking! A day at Perry State Park to test run a kayak will inspire you for further summer adventures! People of all ages are welcome to test paddle a kayak after receiving basic instruction. Short expeditions will be offered as people gain experience. This is the kick off of the summer Kayak adventure season! Details will be posted as we develop them!

 Summer will hold these additional fabulous adventures as the season unfolds!

Weekly Sunset Lake Yaks, occasional Sunset River Yaks and some early bird Sunrise Yaks!

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June: First Float! We will go down the Kaw date TBD

July: Hot Times! As we cruise the Kaw date TBD

August: 3rd Annual Ass Kicker! Date TBD

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September: Fall Color Float and Bird Paddles – Dates TBD

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Bald Eagle eating lunch.

October: 2nd Annual, Dirty Girls Go All the Way!

Club events will be added into the monthly scheduled events and will feature socializing, continued hiking, kayaking, mountain biking and “hi-yaking” events as well as some river runs! Join the club for extra perks with the Dirty Girls! Membership details available online! Check the Dirty Shop to sign up today!

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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!