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It’s SUMMER TIME!

What have you been doing with your spring and summer? Dirty Girl Adventures has been KAYAKING and Stand Up Paddling and enjoying time with many wonderful people!13582054_621741111333809_8459319761688964710_oWe have been spending some quality time outside with some great people. Although we had a very wet spring, which slowed down our access to the Mighty Kaw, we have been getting out and about quite a bit. ¬†Every day is an opportunity for a new adventure. ¬†Self challenge and self care go hand in hand – take some time to breathe!13532852_619117708262816_8898646464518420913_nWe are also pretty happy that the rain brought the official end of the drought that Kansas has been struggling with for several years.13432199_614991542008766_2917819030634092476_n13244688_10154245043188593_8220527793298573344_nOur summer schedule is full of adventure, we hope yours is as well! ¬†We have many events scheduled for fall LINK TO SCHEDULED EVENTS and several fall events are open for registration in the DIRTY SHOP. ¬†We also have some pretty awesome tank tops in stock for summer paddling or hiking TANK TOPS.¬†13407293_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!

Lessons from the Trail

On Saturday, May 7th, 2016, Dirty Girl Adventures hosted a family friendly, 3 mile hike at Slough Creek Education Point!!!  Representatives from the Jefferson County Conservation District, Corps of Engineers, local 4-H club and Kansas Wildlife and Parks joined us!  Over 40 adults, 20 kids and 6 dogs came OUTSIDE for a day at the lake!

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This was a special event, in many ways!  The day dawned hotter than expected,  and we got participants as young as 1 year up to age 70 out on the trail to hike.  This unique hike was meaningful to participants, and we wanted to share some lessons from the trail with YOU!

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LESSON #1:  GET DIRTY!! LITERALLY!!  Take off your shoes and get mud between your toes!  No matter your age, it feels really good to play and be silly!!!  After a hot 3 mile hike, the children at the DOWN AND DIRTY had an impromptu water fight!!!!  The joy in their faces was contagious, and a few adults joined in!!!  

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LESSON #2:  LIFE IS NOT A RACE! (And neither was the DOWN AND DIRTY Family Friendly hike!) Young, old and in between, we all walked the same path, TOGETHER!   Our experience was about being together, unplugging from our daily lives and exploring!

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LESSON #3:  BE MINDFUL OF THE SIMPLE PLEASURES!  Sometimes, it is easier to live in the moment while on the trail.  Hikers at the DOWN AND DIRTY took the sights and sounds of our adventure home with us, to remind us of time with friends and family OUTSIDE!  

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LESSON #4: SOMETIMES YOU JUST HAVE TO CHARGE THROUGH! ¬†On the trail, just like in life, we are all faced with obstacles. ¬†Due to recent rain, a small portion of the trail at Slough Creek Education Point was covered with water!!! ¬†The ¬†DOWN AND DIRTY Hikers had different responses to this barrier!! ¬†Some chose a new route and others went ‚Äúoff road‚ÄĚ to find ¬†a new path. ¬†Other hikers just charged through the water!!!

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LESSON #5:  GO OUTSIDE AND MOVE YOUR BODY WHENEVER YOU CAN! We walked about 3 miles at the DOWN AND DIRTY, which is far for some, and not so far for others.  But the important thing was that we were outside, moving our bodies for health and wellness!

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LESSON #6: EVERY ADVENTURE IS UNIQUE!! The DOWN AND DIRTY Family Friendly Hike was an OPPORTUNITY for adventure!  Although DIRTY GIRL ADVENTURES created the event and the activities, it was the PARTICIPANTS who made their adventure SPECIAL!!

 

THANK YOU FOR COMING OUTSIDE WITH US!!

Denise and Jenn

 

Lake Yak Events are Scheduled!

20140625_203409Yay! ¬†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.

1545103_10152568020883593_573806904773561628_nWe 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.

DSCF5175WHAT: 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

20140814_192941CANCELLATION and REFUND POLICY: You will be eligible for a refund if you notify Denise by email at deniseselbeekoch@gmail.com 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.

DSCF5189WHAT 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

Down and Dirty 3 Mile Hike

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It’s time for a Dirty Family adventure! ¬†Are you ready for a short hike and a great time? This is it! ¬†This hike is appropriate for all abilities – we have pavement and some pasture hills to climb for those who choose the “off-road” route.

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It’s a day at the lake, unplug and slow down to enjoy your peeps and yourself at the Lake. ¬†Plan a special day for your family, Dirty Kids of all ages are free! ¬†Have you been searching for a way to connect with and unplug your kid? Come spend the afternoon with the Dirty Girls! ¬†DSCF4802

Bring your Dirty Dude, Dirty Mom, Dirty Dad, Dirty Friends…. oh, and a chair for around the campfire! ¬†We will have some special activities throughout the afternoon to provide some extra entertainment for you and yours.

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WHEN:  May 7th, check in time is 12:30pm

WHERE: Slough Creek Education Conservation Point – From Oskaloosa go South on Hwy 59 to 70th Road, turn west onto 70th at the T intersection turn left onto Kiowa Road – follow signsmomdonnaDD3_thumb.jpg

COST: $30 per adult – school age youth are FREE – a donation to the Conservation District will be made from your fee. SIGN UP NOW IN THE DIRTY SHOP!

WHAT: A 3 Mile scenic hike along a paved trail (pasture path available for those who’d like a hill climb) wheel chair and stroller accessible.

WHO:  You and your family, friends Рall ages are welcome!

WHAT ELSE: Time around the campfire, bring a chair, bring a picnic, connect with friends, hands on activities, plan to spend the afternoon at the lake

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Kayak Extravaganza!!

10313543_10204269364800887_7697873403384544160_nIt’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. 10442345_10204269446202922_2219395501330661395_n¬†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. ¬†

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WHEN:  Sunday May 31st, drop in, no reservations necessary between 1pm Р7pm

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 Рyou can pay in advance NOW or you can show up and pay the day of the event. 

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Adult: $20 pay here now

Youth under 16: $10 pay here now

Bring: ¬†water, snacks/lunch, cold drinks, a comfy chair and your favorite life jacket (don’t own your own life jacket, don’t worry we have plenty!)

Wear: swim suit of clothing that can get wet, a towel for after, sunscreen, bug spray, a hat

Provided:   instruction, safety paddlers on the water with you, kayaks, stand up paddle boards, life jackets, paddles and a good time!

Do it in the WOODS!

It’s time to sign up for the last big hike of the spring!! ¬†We will cover 8 miles (or 3 if you’d prefer) on Saturday afternoon. ¬†It should be gorgeous as spring blooms along the trail. ¬†The single-track trail trail is well maintained, hilly, rocky, gorgeous and challenging. ¬†Grab a Dirty Friend and come on out with the Dirty Girls to enjoy the afternoon and evening in the WOODS! ¬†We can’t guarantee the weather, but we can guarantee an adventure! ¬†Come out to hang out and enjoy the woods, the group and a relaxing evening around the fire!

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Saturday, May 9th

Check-in time: 3:00pm

Hike: 3:30pm

Fireside food and socializing: 6:30-7:00pm (Bring chair and your beverage of choice)

Cost:  $25 regular peeps $20 Dirty Girl Club peeps (Pre-register in the Dirty Shop!)

Day of event price:  $35 (You are welcome to join us at the last minute food is not guaranteed but is likely.)

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It’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 afternoon and evening 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.  We anticipate ending around the fire about 6:30 or 7:00pm. This is a rough trail with rocks, steep inclines and declines.  Short loop Р3 miles Рavailable as well. Registration open to Dirty Girls and Dirty Dudes. Dinner will be served around the fire.  Bring a chair and your beverage of choice for time around the campfire.  This hike is located at the Perry Lake Hiking Biking Trails accessible via 74th street. Detailed directions and waiver will arrive via email before the hike.

Sign up in the Dirty Shop!

Questions?  Concerns?  email deniseselbeekoch@gmail.com

This hike will only be cancelled due to severe weather or due to negative trail conditions.  There are no refunds unless DGA, LLC cancels the event.

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 Р6 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 Рmaximum 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!

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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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 ‚Äď 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 ‚Äď 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 ‚Äď 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 ‚Äď 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 ‚Äď 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 ‚Äď 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 ‚Äď 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 ‚Äď 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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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 ‚Äúhi-yaking‚ÄĚ 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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