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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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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.

 

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!