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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!

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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Dirty Girls Make Art!!

Custom Collage Workshop

Sunday, January 11th, 2015

Workshop will be hosted at The Crooked Post Winery 

2:30 – 5:30pm – Register NOW at The Dirty Shop! 

$40 (includes instruction, supplies and a glass of wine!)

yimg-1119831496-1-1390413816Join the Dirty Girls for an expression of your creativity to kick off the New Year! Denise and Jennifer of Dirty Girl Adventures will guide you in the creation of a Custom Collage. The goal? To design a piece of art that speaks to you! Each piece is different, expressing the beliefs and desires of the individual who creates it.

DSC_0949 This is not a “goal setting” event. While January is a traditional time to set personal goals, or resolutions, we are more interested in focusing on what inspires, motivates or moves your spirit so that when you need a boost or reminder throughout the year, you will have it in a beautiful and personal piece of artwork! If you have a quote, verse, lyric or photo that embodies this for you, please bring a copy with you if you’d like.

yimg-1133488408-1-1669175394We will help you will create a piece of art that will guide and support you throughout 2015. What is important to you? How will you stay focused during the daily hectic-ness of life? Our class is a time to think about this while simultaneously creating art, hanging out with your friends and enjoying an afternoon of relaxation at Crooked Post Winery!

DSC_0950Sign up through the Dirty Shop or in person at Crooked Post Winery.

 

 

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!

SOLD OUT!!! Dirty Girls do it with Crooked Post Wine!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Join us on Wednesday evening July 23rd for a visit to our friends at the Crooked Post Winery!  The Henderson’s have created a beautiful location and atmosphere for Dirty Girls to relax and socialize … with wine!  You can also check them out on facebook!

This event is not just for Dirty Girls though, you can bring a friend (Dirty Dudes or Girls) to get to know your other Dirty Friends!  There are however, only 30 spots available!

We will gather at 6:30pm at the Crooked Post Winery then take a tour and enjoy a tasting with light and delicious snacks (cheese, crackers, chocolate!) while learning about the wine making process.  There are several different variations of wine for us to try!  The evening will also include a glass of your favorite wine and a  a commemorative wine glass engraved with the Crooked Post logo.

The Dirty Mutha or Original Dirty Girl, Denise, will also do a short presentation about preparing for a long hike.  Are you ready for Dirty Girls Go All the Way, the 29 mile, two day hike scheduled for October?  This presentation, titled “From 5K to All the Way” will give you ideas, a basic workout plan and encouragement for this upcoming event.  The plan can also be applied to preparing for your first 8 mile hike as well!

Come out and join us!

Details:  July 23rd, 2014 6:30 – 9:00

Location:  The Crooked Post Winery, 7397 K-92 Hwy, OzawkieKS 66070
ph: 785-876-9990

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Included:  tour, tasting, snacks, commemorative wine glass, 1 glass of your choice of wine, and “From 5K to All the Way” presented by Denise the Original Dirty Girl aka Dirty Mutha!

 

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