Join us and the rest of the nation for a FIRST DAY HIKE! We will be helping out at the Perry State Park First Day Hike on January 1st, 2018 at 10am for a 2.5 mile hike! Start your 2018 with a nature connection! Free, and open to all ages and genders – 2.5 mile hike with no registration required. Show up with your people! 😀
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.
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!
Hope to see you outside soon!
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.
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!
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
We walked on in our snowless globe of mist
where even the struggle of steep, muddy climbs
was no match for our resilience.
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.
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.
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.
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
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!
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!
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!!!
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!
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!
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 “off road” to find a new path. Other hikers just charged through the water!!!
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!
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
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.
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!
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.
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 signs
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 – all 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
The Dirty Girls Get Away is coming up Friday April 29th, Saturday April 30th and Sunday May 1st, 2016
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.
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.
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!
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.
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!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org!
• 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.