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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!

Did you know you can create your own private adventure?

Dirty Girl Adventures is an outdoor adventure company designed by women for women. (We do love our Dirty Dudes and Dirty Families so sometimes we invite them along for the adventure!) Our vision is to encourage, empower and motivate women of all ages and physical abilities to explore their full potential through a variety of outdoor adventures (hiking, kayaking, biking) and to engage them in a vibrant community of women who value self care and healthy boundaries.

Although we focus on serving women, we offer many events that are open to both genders and ages. While fitness is important to the Dirty Girls, we host events that ANYONE can do. You can join the Dirty Girl Club, join us for a scheduled large group event or schedule your own private adventure.  Schedule YOUR private adventure now, the 2015 adventure season is filling up fast!

Why should you schedule a private event with Dirty Girl Adventures? Because it is designed just for you! The level of difficulty and duration can meet the needs of your group. Whether you would like hiking, kayaking or a combination of both, we can create a great adventure for you! Bring your family, friends, office mates or youth group and come outside!  Call to brainstorm your special event now!

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Adventure Ideas!

Here are several adventures that can serve as a base for your ideas. We can meet your exact needs by creating something unique and completely original just for you!

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 Lake Yak

In two hours on beautiful Lake Perry you will learn the basics of kayaking while enjoying the scenery and time with your group. Anytime is the right time to hit the lake! Minimum number is 6 with a maximum of 20ish, Cost:  $15 per kayak per hour per person plus $10 per person for a basic meal (special arrangements can be negotiated) *OYO cost: $10 per person plus $10 with basic meal.

DSCF5247River Run 

Travel down the Kansas River from Lecompton to Lawrence.  This will take from four to six hours depending on conditions and our choice of paddling energy or breaks for food. The minimum number is 6 with a maximum of 30ish. River Runs are generally scheduled on Mondays and Fridays, although some weekends are available. Cost per person:  $40 or $50 with a basic meal (special arrangements or requests can be negotiated) *OYO cost $10 or $20 with a meal

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Hike-n-Yak

This adventure is the perfect way to spend a day for any group! Combine a hike of any length with time on the lake in the kayak. We can switch from one activity to the next or we can split the group then come back together for food and fellowship around the fire. Duration of this event is negotiable which impacts price. Cost: starts at $15 per person

*OYO: people who own their own kayak and want to bring it to a DGA event. OYO’s lift, haul and manage all their own gear.

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Dirty Girl Trail Hike – 8 miles

This adventure is generally a 4 – 6 hour time commitment depending on the addition of a meal (campfire option is available) or your group’s choice of speed. Minimum number of hikers should be 8 – maximum is 40ish! Cost per person: $30 or $40 with a basic meal.

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Dirty Girl Trail Hike – 3 Miles

Do you prefer a wilderness trail or a paved trail? Either way we can accommodate you!  This event can be appropriate for all ages and fitness levels.  This adventure generally takes 2 to 4 hours depending on the addition of a meal and time around the campfire.  Minimum number of hikers would be 8.  Cost per person: $20 or $30 with a basic meal.

Contact deniseselbeekoch@gmail.com or 785-608-7888

This post is copyright Dirty Girl Adventures, LLC 2015 all rights reserved.

Hike with the Eagles! SOLD OUT!!!

Come out to hike with the Dirty Girls and see some Eagles!

DSCF4810 (2)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!

DSC_0311We will assess the weather and choose our distance and specific location accordingly as we get closer to the date. This will be a progressive hike! On Saturday February 28th, we will meet at the Crooked Post Winery in Ozawkie at 9:30am to load the party bus then progress to first one, then a second hiking and viewing location. We anticipate that hikes at both locations will be 3 miles or less for a total of approximately 6 miles, but our final decision on locations and distance will be based on weather. This entire event will be appropriate for beginners of all ages. While we will NOT be on any paved trails but the terrain will be natural, through the woods or fields but NOT technical, extremely steep or rocky. Plan to bring water, snacks or lunch to eat throughout the day. You will also need to dress in layers and wear clothing appropriate for the weather on the day of the hike.

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After hiking and viewing, we will return to the winery around 1:30ish to warm up and socialize a bit. We will provide some tasty snacks and hot chocolate post-hike. The Crooked Post Winery will be open for your tasting pleasure as well! Check them out herewww.crookedpostvineyard.com!

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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!!
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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!

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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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