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
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.
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
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!
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!
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
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
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
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!We 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!We are also pretty happy that the rain brought the official end of the drought that Kansas has been struggling with for several years.Our 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 TOPS. If 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 email@example.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! Oh, we also bought a BUS! Yes, we now have a Dirty Bus! This was our first bus ride!
Yay! It’s almost time to get on the water with our kayaks! We have two events scheduled back to back on May 22nd. The first, an afternoon Lake Yak will include paddling from 3:30-5:30pm. The second, a Sunset Lake Yak will include paddling from 6:30-8:30pm. Choose the time slot that fits your schedule best.
We will gather to paddle Lake Perry on a warm and sunny (hopefully) afternoon. Join us to spend two hours on the lake. Renters will receive instruction, all necessary gear (kayak, paddle, life jacket) and guided support while on the water. This adventure is bound to be relaxing and rejuvenating for you and your friends. We will paddle out along the shore line to see any possible wildlife, while talking and connecting along the way. Bring your beverages and a lawn chair for around the fire.
WHAT: 2 hour Lake Yak – renters receive use of a kayak, paddle, life jacket, instruction, guide on the water
WHEN: May 22nd from 3:30 – 5:30pm CHECK IN TIME IS 3pm
WHEN: May 22nd from 6:30 – 8:30pm CHEKC IN TIME IS 6pm
WHERE: Old Town Campground, Lake Perry
COST: $30 per person, $24 Club, $5 OYO
CANCELLATION and REFUND POLICY: You will be eligible for a refund if you notify Denise by email at firstname.lastname@example.org NO LATER than one week before the event. After that date, no refunds will be given. Every effort to sell your spot to a person on the waiting list will be made but after one week prior to the event there are no guarantees. DGA will cancel an event if there is a concern regarding safety, primarily due to severe or extremely inclement weather or conditions.
WHAT ARE YOU PAYING FOR: Experienced instruction and guide, organization of event, lifting, hauling, cleaning, loading, use of a kayak, paddle and PFD Personal Flotation Device
It’s time! Is kayaking on your bucket list? Would you like to try out the latest rage on the water? Come to the Kayak Extravaganza! We will have 50 kayaks and several Stand Up Paddle boards on the lake for you to try. You will received direct instruction and time to paddle in the novice cove. This will afford you some basic kayak experience and information. You will also be able to test a variety of styles/brands of kayaks. After you are feeling comfortable with paddling, you can go on an expedition further out onto the lake. Here are the details!
This is a joint event sponsored by Dirty Girl Adventures and Up a Creek, we will also be joined by Sunflower Outdoor and Bike Shop from Lawrence with their SUP’s. This is a casual, drop in event! You will be guaranteed direct instruction in a kayak or on an SUP as well as time to practice in the novice cove as well as time for an expedition. You may have to wait your turn at each of these areas.
WHEN: Sunday May 31st, drop in, no reservations necessary between 1pm – 7pm
WHERE: Perry State Park Boat Ramp (behind the office) 5441 Westlake Road, Ozawkie, Kansas 66070 (This is NOT in the town of Ozawkie, it is at the lake) Office Phone: 785-246-3448
COST includes day use pass for Perry State Park – you can pay in advance NOW or you can show up and pay the day of the event.
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!
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!
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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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
Join 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!
Welcome to Dirty Girl Adventures 2015 Hiking Season!
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!
$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!
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!
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) 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 Dirty 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 includedIt’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.
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!
Perry State Park times TBD
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!
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
September: Fall Color Float and Bird Paddles – Dates TBD
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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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!
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!
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!
Mostly 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. 😀
This big log was stunning! We will camp here sometime soon!
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?!
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!!”
Who doesn’t love pulling their kayak across the sand?
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!!”
It was a great day to spend with the Dirty Girls!
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!!
Dirty Girl Tipsy
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!
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!
It is time to take a breath, chillax and renew our energy. It’s time to REFRESH! Join the Dirty Girls for a sweet day of rejuvenation and REFRESH yourself with all the awesome activities we have planned. We will nurture our beautiful souls with a free flowing day of art, yoga, small water paddling, a delicious healthy lunch and snacks, hiking, special programing and education about self care from certified marriage and family therapist Vickie Hull. The goal is for you to leave feeling refreshed at the end of the day with a “toolbox” full of tools for you to “REFRESH!” at will within your daily life! Practice giving yourself the time and space to breathe deeply and love your life! After we make it through the transition of back to school, we will need this serious moment of relaxation!
There are three strands that will be addressed within the day – physical health, social/emotional health and spiritual health. We will spend some time on each of these areas but the bottom line is that the free flowing structure of the day will allow each Dirty Girl to gravitate to the activity that they need the most. This will be a lovely day of personal reflection and rejuvenation. I, for one, am looking forward to this day of down time! Join us for a day of taking care of yourself. We can’t take care of others if we don’t take care of ourselves!
For those who would like to continue the togetherness post retreat, we can shower and change at Camp Curry then head to the restaurant in Winchester for a street dance! The Dirty Husband’s band is playing and it should be a good time. All Dirty Girls are welcome to come out for the street dance! We can change it up, head to dinner and enjoy some social time!
When: Saturday September 13th, 8:30 – 4:30
Where: Camp Curry (gorgeous and secluded yet not too far off the pavement)
What: Energizing yoga, art, hiking, kayaking, time alone, socializing, great food, snacks, restoration yoga, relaxing …
Who: Dirty Girls Only! (We’ll meet up with the Dirty Dudes at the streetdance)
Supplies you will need: You should bring comfortable clothing to spend time outside moving and relaxing. There are showers and bathrooms to change clothes within the context of the day. We will send a confirmation email with a supply list we will need for the special art project and specific directions.
Cost: $60 per person – includes all aspects of the day!
Limited space is available for this special event!
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!
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!
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.
Kayaking on the river brings a relaxation of both the body and the mind. It is a great way to spend the day.