A Daring Adventure: Part Two

“Life is either a daring adventure or nothing.” Helen Keller

Adventure can be defined as an exciting or unusual experience, a challenging undertaking, with an uncertain outcome, and I was super excited to be visiting the Grand Canyon in January 2017, accompanied by my dad and brother.  In Part I of A Daring Adventure, I shared with readers our planned adventure to hike an isolated back country trail, Hermit’s Trail.


However, in the week prior to our arrival at the Grand Canyon, weather reports coming from Arizona indicated unseasonably cold weather as a winter storm hovered over the state.  This storm brought snow to the canyon…..a lot of snow!  More snow than the South Rim had seen in many years.


A day before I was scheduled to fly to Phoenix, roads were closed, inside Grand Canyon National Park and outside.  Road conditions north of Flagstaff, Arizona, required chains.  Bus service within Grand Canyon Village was cancelled and the mule train to the bottom of the canyon was halted.

This didn’t sound good.  I had reservations about being so far from ranger service, isolated deep in the canyon on Hermit’s Trail. But I already had a plane ticket, and my dad and brother were leaving to drive to Arizona and meet me at the South Rim!


I was going, no matter what, even if all I could do was stand on the Rim and observe the beauty around me!  A couple things reassured me.  We had been in touch with the back country park office, and were told that if our original plan to hike Hermit’s Trail wasn’t possible, they would help us make a different plan, and since we were visiting in the off season, there was a lot more flexibility in options.


When we arrived at the Grand Canyon, I knew I had to let go of the original plan and idea I had for this adventure and embrace a new one.  There was snow everywhere!  Since Hermit’s Trail is not well used, it was likely our feet might be the first ones on the trail after the snow! That was more adventure than I wanted, and it would not be safe for us.

With the help of the Back Country Park Rangers, we decided to stick to the main corridor trails, primarily Bright Angel, which is well traveled, even with lots of snow.  We hiked 9 miles down the first day to set up camp at the bottom of the canyon at Bright Angel Campground, near Phantom Ranch.


The trail near the South Rim was snow packed, and we used crampons to ensure we had traction, along with our hiking poles.  But at the bottom of the canyon, near the Colorado River, it was warmer and very comfortable camping weather.

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We camped at the bottom of the canyon for 2 nights, to give ourselves time to recover from the hike down, and to enjoy the warmer weather at the bottom of the canyon.  On our second day, this plan allowed us to hike north of the river, on North Kaibab Trail, which follows Bright Angel Creek, surrounded by the walls of the canyon.  For several miles, the North Kaibab Trail is relatively flat, until it climbs in elevation to Cottonwood Campground and on to the North Rim. We hiked out for several miles, and just enjoyed the views and the experience of being in this special place.  We saw only 6 people that day, along with a group of rangers monitoring the stream for fish.



I sat on the edge of the stream, and listened to it gurgle, felt the sun on my back and was happy. My brother explored another trail, Clear Creek Trail, which provided views of Phantom Ranch and the Colorado River.

The third morning, we began hiking out, up Bright Angel Trail, to Indian Garden Campground.  We watched a helicopter deliver supplies into the canyon. We met and talked with kayakers on an 11 day adventure down the Colorado River and watched a group of explorers repel down a side canyon.


At Indian Garden, we explored the camp area, and were one of only 3 groups camping there that night.  Needless to say, the accomadations were great; no crowds, and easy access to the bathrooms and water.  The ranger stationed at this campground shared extra sleeping bags with us and we had free access to a small library of books regarding the history of the area!  It was Dirty Girl camping at its finest!


We got an early start on the fourth morning, knowing that the hike up to the Rim would be difficult and take a long time, with the last few miles being snow packed.


What keeps drawing me back to the Grand Canyon?  I’ve been there three times, and I know I will visit this epic place as many times as I can throughout the rest of my life.  It’s not just that the canyon is beautiful, it’s about the experience of adventure.  On this trip, I learned to embrace the uncertainty that comes with planning an adventure in the off season and I learned to be flexible regarding those plans. The need to change our plans and be open to a different adventure gave us gifts we did not expect.

Life IS a daring adventure, and adventure makes our lives richer. What lessons and gifts will YOUR next adventure bring you?  Get out there and find out.  As for me, Hermit’s Trail will have to wait for my next visit to the Grand Canyon, but you can bet I am already planning it!

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March Events Open for Registration


Sign up now for one or both of our March hiking events! The Thunder Ridge Three Mile is a short but awesome trail and the price includes lunch and time around the campfire with the Dirty Tribe! March Madness is an 8 mile trek on the Perry Lake Trail. We’ll build the campfire and you can bring your lawn chair, lunch and beverages to chillax post hike. Choose one or both for some great adventure in March! Click the blue links to visit the Dirty Shop for registration.

The Thunder Ridge Three Mile is Saturday March 4th, 2017 Check in time 8:30am with our hike start 9am.

This is a great intro to hiking in Northeast Kansas. The Thunder Ridge trail has some great woodland scenery, a great rock ledge, some steep inclines and declines, rocky, uneven surfaces and pasture sections. That said, it’s a great hike! Bring your friends, bring your kids, come outside with us!


This hike is located at Lake Perry Kansas within Slough Creek Campground area off of Ferguson Road. We will provide details to registrants on Monday March 27th. We will start and end at our Dirty Girl Basecamp for the day with time around the fire. Bring your lawn chair and beverages of your choice to go with lunch! We’ll decide the menu based on the weather – think campfire food!


Price includes your lunch which, regardless of the menu will be delicious!

Club Price: $30, Regular Price: $40, Youth Price: $10

What are you paying for? Trail support, instruction, guide, environmental information, fire, food and fun! Refund policy: We will refund your full payment up to Saturday February 25th – after that it’s too late, we will have been shopping for lunch!


March Madness! Saturday March 11th, Check in time is 8:30am. Join us for 8 miles on the Perry Lake Trail! We will load the bus no later than 9am and should be hiking by 9:15ish! Plan for a late lunch around the fire around 1:30pm or so…. snacks for energy along the way are highly recommended!



Join us to hike 8 Miles on the PLT (Perry Lake Trail). We will choose a section of this 29 mile trail to enjoy with you. This trail includes difficult, technical trail with steep inclines/declines. We’ll choose a great section of our favorite long hiking trail that will afford great views, solid challenges and a great basecamp for socializing around the fire at the end.  $40 regular $30 member $20 Youth

We will meet at our basecamp for the day so you can bring your cooler full of lunch and your lawn chair for post hike handiness! We’ll hop the Dirty Bus and ride to our start location then hike back to basecamp for time around the fire and social time with our Dirty Tribe.  This hike is going to be awesome, it is great practice and exposure to the Perry Lake Trail. If you are planning to “Go All the Way” in October this will be a great practice hike.

What are you paying for… Trail guide, coordination, information, trail support, bus ride, lead and sweep hikers for trail safety, fire, connection, eco info about our area!

Please know that we will hike in cold, snowy conditions – layer up and come on out. We will cancel if there is a risk of severe weather or if we judge the trail conditions to be dangerous. Otherwise, we’re hiking! 😀

Refund Policy – We will provide a full refund to you up until March 5th!


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“Life is either a daring adventure or nothing.” Helen Keller


When I set out to visit the Grand Canyon for the third time, I wanted to go on a daring adventure, to visit a part of the Canyon that I had never been to, the path less traveled.  Knowing I would be accompanied by my father and my brother, both experienced hikers and lifelong outdoorsmen, I was brave enough to make a plan for backpacking a back country trail in January!


I researched trail conditions, weather, water sources and chose Hermit’s Trail for several reasons.  It begins at a slightly lower elevation on the western edge of the South Rim, making it less likely to have snow. Initial portions of the trail are westerly facing, making it more available to sunshine (to melt the snow we might encounter).  Hermit’s Trail is a back country trail and in January, we were likely to encounter very few people, which appealed to the hermit in me!


Hermit’s Trail would also give us access to see two of the Canyon’s most famous white water rapids, Hermit Rapids and Granite Rapids.  At times, these rapids are so powerful, you can hear their roar from the rim of the Canyon.  We would also be able to see remnants of one of the first luxury camps below the rim, built by Santa Fe Railway in 1911, closed in 1930.



Hermit’s Trail would take us along the Tonto Platform, which is a plateau at an elevation between the Canyon floor and the Rim.  This would give us great views of the Colorado River and the colorful canyon walls surrounding us.


I did have some worries going into this adventure.  I felt I wasn’t in great condition and I had gained some weight since my last adventure in the Canyon. I was also worried about the weather, knowing that temperatures in the Canyon can vary greatly from the South Rim to the bottom of the Canyon.  Typically, during January, temperatures on the South Rim will be as low as 20 degrees, with a high of 40 degrees and inner canyon lows around 33 degrees with a possible high of 60 degrees. I also knew it was likely we would encounter snow and bitter cold on the South Rim at this time of year.  I wanted to be sure I had enough clothes, and food and water and warmth but I had to be cautious in loading my pack!  Weight adds up fast and I did NOT want to carry a 60lb pack out of the canyon!


I pushed past these worries and tried to plan for all conditions and situations.  I chose to embrace the definition of adventure as an exciting or unusual experience, a challenging undertaking, with an uncertain outcome. Uncertainty can be hard for me sometimes, not knowing what will happen or how it will turn out.

In Part Two, I will tell you about the lessons in adventure that I learned in the Canyon, and how my adventure really turned out!

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Join us for the Dirty Girl Get Away!

Join us April 21st through April 23rd at Camp White on beautiful Council Grove Reservoir in the Flint Hills of Kansas.
Roll into Camp between 4 and 6pm Friday afternoon and stay through Sunday afternoon. (You may want to ride with a friend and make a few stops along the way to Camp White!)

We will sleep in bunkbeds in shared dormitory rooms within a cabin, just like summer camp – only better! You will need to bring your bedding and personal items but everything else is included.

This weekend will be one to remember! We will challenge you to learn some new skills, make new friends, relax and refresh your spirit and enjoy hiking, kayaking and great food!

This adventure includes 6 meals, lodging and amazing programing designed to both challenge and replenish your adventurous spirits! You might be tired at the end of the weekend but it will be a good kind of tired.

  • Friday evening we will start with some exploration, enjoy dinner together, watch the sunset and create a one of a kind piece of art to take home.
  • Saturday will be a FULL day of ADVENTURE! We will enjoy time on the ROPES Challenge Course (don’t let this scare you, it is Challenge by Choice – you might be surprised what you accomplish surrounded by encouragement and support), learn to navigate with a compass – building your Orienteering skills with plenty of practice opportunity, kayaking on Council Grove Reservoir, explore the grounds of Camp White, relax and reflect and navigate the Labyrinth (The labyrinth is a walking meditation, a path of prayer, a mindfully focused walk. Unlike a maze where you lose your way, the labyrinth is a spiritual tool that can help you find your way.)


  • Sunday we will enjoy breakfast together, pack our gear up and then head to the Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve for an awesome hike (long and short hikes are available to accommodate all levels). From there you will travel home at your own pace.

Photo by Alba Mora during Dirty Girl Camp 2016

This will be an epic adventure. Sign up to challenge yourself, to invest in your own personal growth and adventure to refuel and recharge for a more adventurous life.

Sign up now in the Dirty Shop! 


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Dreaming of the Grand Canyon?

An Adventure Post from Wild Rose aka Jennifer Woerner, Creative Director and Co-Owner of DGA, LLC. She’s currently at the Grand Canyon!!

Is the Grand Canyon on your bucket list?  Are you thinking about hiking rim to rim?  Or would riding a donkey be more your style?  Do you want to raft the Colorado River through the canyon?  Would you be more comfortable back country camping in a tent or staying at historic Phantom Ranch at the bottom of the canyon? Do you want to see the North Rim or the South Rim?  Or both?  

There are many ways to access the Grand Canyon, so if you want to do more than stand on the rim and admire it’s beauty from afar, if you really want to EXPERIENCE the Grand Canyon, start planning now!  It will undoubtedly be an epic adventure, and it takes time to decide between options, and if necessary, gain permits to see this amazing place.

You do not need a permit to hike down into the Grand Canyon.  You only need a permit if you plan to spend the night below the canyon rim.  If you plan to camp below the rim, there are a number of campgrounds along the main corridor trails, but in peak season, there is a great deal of competition for spots.  

In order to protect this beautiful canyon, overnight access is limited.  You must plan well in advance and request a permit for a camping spot approximately 4 months in advance. However, due to competition for permits, spots are granted via a random drawing each month. It is not first come, first serve, and you cannot apply early to gain a spot.   

 During late fall, winter and early spring, it is much easier to gain a permit, but you must be prepared for camping in cooler weather, and expect snow near the rims.  In fact, the North Rim of the Canyon is closed from November to March and the only way to access it is via snowmobile or skis.

If you have back country hiking and camping experience, you could choose a trail that is off the beaten path.  Again, this takes time and research to figure out distances, water sources and safety, given the time of year you plan to go.  You still must apply for a permit, but there is less competition for back   country campsites.

Some people hike rim to rim in one day.  Others hike rim to rim more than once in a day!  If you are in peak physical condition and need a challenge, that would be it! The good news is that you do not need a permit to hike rim to rim in one day. However, be prepared to hike a distance of  24 miles (one way) and experience elevation changes of up to 6,000 feet.

Special trips, such as riding the donkey train, using the Duffel service to get your bags to Phantom Ranch (while you hike down), rafting or staying at Phantom Ranch require advanced planning.  Be ready to plan up to a year in advance (or more)!

I encourage you to look at a trip to the Grand Canyon as an experience, not an achievement.  Yes, I am proud that I hiked rim to rim.  But what is really amazing is that I was able to spend time with my friends and family in an amazing place and create memories that will inspire me for the rest of my life.

Soon, I’m going back, accompanied by my brother and my father, to create more memories, to hike a backcountry trail and to sleep on the banks of the Colorado River.  Start planning now, visit https://www.nps.gov/grca/index.htm  ADVENTURE AWAITS!

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Eagle Hike #2 Sunday 2/12/17!

Annually we adventure during the month of February to see some American Bald Eagles and scenic Northeast Kansas in the winter. We will be visiting two different locations near eagle’s nests which should allow us to see Eagles flying and perching in the trees.

This year our Saturday Eagle Hike sold out in under 24 hours!  Yay, so exciting to have so many people ready to GO OUTSIDE!  In fact, we are SO excited that we’ve added a second hike this year!


Eagle Hike #2 is Sunday February 12th.

This hike is not continuous, we will meet at Bobcats Bar and Grill near Ozawkie for check in and a short Eagle info talk, then we will load the Dirty Bus. We will stop at two locations and take a short hike at each in hopes of observing some eagles.

Winter is a great time to observe Eagles and other wildlife or signs of wildlife along the trail. Both locations that we will visit have also provided sightings of deer, turkey, peregrine falcons, wood peckers, terns, ducks and geese as well as other wildlife.

Dirty Girl Adventures has had two “Eagle Hikes” thus far and each has been an ADVENTURE! The first year there was a massive snow storm which turned out to be surprisingly fun! IMG_1440

Everyone was disappointed that we didn’t have a blizzard again last year. 😀 However, we did enjoy a day of hiking and saw several American Bald Eagles. We hiked today and saw eagles at two locations – they are amazing! The fellowship of spending the day together is pretty awesome also!


In addition to the wildlife, we will be spending the afternoon together enjoying each other and nature. It’s what we do!  A walk in the woods along the river and the lake does a body and soul good!


We will end the day at Bobcats around 4 with food, drinks and fellowship – time around the campfire seemed potentially chilly!

Basic plan for the day…

12:30 check in at Bobcats Bar and Grill, Ozawkie – Check them out on Facebook

12:45 Eagle Talk

1:00 load the Dirty Bus

Hike and Eagle watch

4:00ish return to Bobcats for dinner/snacks and drinks – these aren’t included in the hike fee

Cost: $30 per person, $24 for club members

Wear: layers, head/face coverings, comfortable shoes and warm socks

Bring: water, snacks

You need to sign up in advance to reserve a spot on this adventure!  Space is limited and events often sell out fast! Check it out in the Dirty Shop.



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Come outside with us!

Welcome to Dirty Girl Adventures! We plan adventures and events to support connection with nature, which we believe supports whole health. We love to go outside, meet new people and enjoy sharing our adventures.

How can you get involved? There are three ways ….

  1. Come on out!  ANYONE can attend – most of our events are open to women, men and youth. The description of the event will note if it is only for women (there are a few women specific events). Many of our events are appropriate for teenagers and a few are appropriate for younger kids, again, the description of the event will help you choose. Check the 2017 Schedule and plan to attend an event that sounds good to you then save the date right now! We open most events one month prior to the date it is scheduled to attend, they fill up fast so sign up right away.If you have a question or concern, you can always contact us!

    DGA River Run from St. George to Wamego on the Mighty Kaw summer 2016


  2. Join the Dirty Girl Club! This is a $50 expense that includes a t-shirt, occasional discounts, early sign up opportunities, a secret Facebook group, the opportunity to connect and network with other likeminded Dirty Girls. The membership is an ANNUAL membership which runs from January 1 through the following January 31st – 13 months of awesome!


    Dirty Girl Camp at Camp White, Council Grove Reservoir, summer 2016

  3. Schedule a private adventure with us! You and your family, friends, co-workers or employees can enjoy an event organized and created just for you. This can be a hike, kayaking, a retreat or a combination of all three! We can show you how and where to hike, kayak, camp, backpack …. we can support almost any outdoor adventure you can dream up!

    Lawrence to Eudora on the Kansas River 2016

    Find out more by visiting our Facebook Page DGA Facebook, our Instagram @dirtygirladventuresks or just give one of us a call –  Denise 785-608-7888 or Jennifer 785-224-0351. We’d love to take you OUTSIDE!!


Copyright DGA 2017

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Will you go out with us? #OptOutside

This Black Friday why not do something different? It’s the day after Thanksgiving, isn’t that a great day to #OptOutside? Join Dirty Girl Adventures GLOW OUTSIDE! We are SUPER excited to host this event for all of you.

Sponsored by @REI and @CamberOutdoors, this is a FREE EVENT!!!

The first 20 people to register for Glow Outside will receive a FREE HEADLAMP and the first 20 people to arrive at basecamp will receive a FREE T-SHIRT!  We will have a limited supply of additional shirts available for purchase in the Dirty Shop after the hike.


What: Glow Outside: Night Hike

When: Friday November 25th

Register: Even though it’s FREE we want to plan carefully for you, register in the Dirty Shop 

Check in: 5:30pm

Where: Perry Lake Hiking Biking Trails – from Highway 24 take 237 Road North, go through the State Park, across the bridge and past the marina. You will turn East onto 74th Road and take that to the end of the road – follow signs to Dirty Girl Base Camp. GOOGLE MAP LINK

What: A night hike on wooded trails, these trails include some rocky sections as well as some steep inclines and declines. We will travel approximately 3 miles. Feel like that might be too far? No worries, hike out and back if you choose or just join us around the campfire – we want YOU to come outside with us!

Bring: A flashlight or head lamp, a chair for time around the campfire, snacks or beverages of your choosing, a friend – kids, friends and Dirty Dudes are WELCOME!

Provided: Trail guide, trail support, sweep hiker, campfire, s’mores, a good time! #OptOutside

This FREE EVENT is made possible by @REI and @CamberOutdoors.

“Will you go out with us?”

#OptOutside with #dirtygirladventures #hike #kansas #gooutside

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Give the gift of Adventure

It’s that time of year again, time to go shopping. What should you get for the woman who has everything? What should you get for the family to increase your quality time? We have what you need! Shop local with DGA. 

A 2017 membership to the Dirty Girl Club will be a great gift to treat yourself or your  beloved Dirty Girl. This gift is a gift that keeps on giving. Not only will she get an awesome club t-shirt, she will also get 20% off most Dirty Girl Adventure events and some incentive to practice self care throughout the year. 

Dirty Gift Certificate might be just the thing. A gift certificate could be used for any Adventure, Dirty Girl apparel or other Dirty Swag. The Dirty Sippy Cups are pretty handy! 😆

You could also give the gift of our first 2017 event. Scheduled for January 21st, it’s New Year, New You: A Retreat. This event involves art, massage and time to reflect on the new year. 

It’s time to shop without having to go shopping. And the best part? You can shop local, make your purchase online and then go outside to play! 

When you purchase a gift certificate, *email us the details and we’ll personalize it and send it to you for printing and wrapping. If you purchase a membership as a gift, *email us the details and we’ll send you a special certificate to deliver to your Dirty Girl.


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2017 Adventure Schedule is READY!

2017 Dirty Girl Adventures Schedule of Events!

Mark your calendars NOW!
Remember, we add more events throughout the Adventure Season so check back often!

Events open for sale in the Dirty Shop 4-6 weeks prior to the date of the event.

1/1 – First Day Hike   Free                                                                                                                                A free short hike to start the year off right! Stay tuned for details!

1/4 – Wednesdays with Wine  Free   6-8pm                                                                                           Free event at Crooked Post Winery from 6-8pm – join us to learn the Basics of             Backpacking!


1/21 – New Year, New You! A Retreat!   10am – 4pm $100
This event will be held in Lecompton in a lovely historic building. All of our participants will receive 15 minutes of massage, provided by a therapist from Body Specific, LLC. We will each create an individualized piece of art to take home. Throughout the day, we will teach you about establishing some habits of self care. Parts of the day will be a surprise to you but we promise that you’ll feel energized for the year, relaxed for the day and inspired to challenge yourself! We will give you more details as the event gets closer.

February                                                                                                                                                    2/1 Wednesdays with Wine  Free 6-8pm                                                                                                Free event at Crooked Post Winery in Ozawkie from 6-8pm. Learn about Kayaking in Arkansas from those who have “been there, done that”!

2/11 – Eagle Hike  Check in at 12:30 Event from 1-4pm $35 regular $25 member                         Join us for a winter adventure, starting at Crooked Post Winery in Ozawkie! We will take you to see some nesting American Bald Eagles in the Perry Lake Area. We will likely hike approximately 3 – 4 miles total, visiting 2 locations.

3/1 Wednesdays with Wine  Free 6-8pm
Free event at Crooked Post Winery from 6-8pm – join us to learn about potential Adventures in Kansas!

3/4 – Thunder Ridge Three Mile! Check in at 8:30.                                                                          Event from 9 – 11am lunch to follow $40 regular $30 member                                                       Join us for an enjoyable afternoon hiking the Thunder Ridge Trail near Perry Lake. We will gather after the hike for lunch and social time around the fire. This trail includes some tough, technical areas with steep inclines/declines.

3/11 – 8 Miles of March Madness  Check in at 8:30.                                                                             Event from 9 – 1pm $40 regular $30 member
Join us to hike 8 Miles on the PLT (Perry Lake Trail). We will choose a section of this 29 mile trail to enjoy with you. This trail includes difficult, technical trail with steep inclines/declines.

4/1 – Fool’s Day Hike Check in at 8:30.                                                                                             Event from approximately 9 – 12. $40 regular $30 member
Join us to hike the 5 mile Fitch Nature Trails at the KU Field Station. Odds are we’ll go to lunch at Johnny’s when we are done! No pets allowed on the Field Station.

4/21 – 4/23 Dirty Girls Get Away!  6pm Friday  through Sunday afternoon                             $350 regular $300 member
Join us at Camp White on Council Grove Reservoir for 2 nights, 6 meals, serenity, a ropes challenge course, a hike while visiting to the Tallgrass National Preserve, art and time around the campfire with your people! We will end this event at the Tallgrass National Preserve Sunday afternoon.


Trust building, challenge Ropes course at Camp White

5/20 – First Yak!
$30 regular rental $24 member rental $15 regular *OYO $10 member *OYO
Kayak Season Opener! Will it be the River or the Lake? We’ll have to wait and see what the weather brings!


Kansas River Sunset from the Sandbar

6/17 – River Run
$40 rental, $30 member rental, $15 regular *OYO, $10 member *OYO
Lawrence to Eudora or Eudora to DeSoto, join us for a 10 mile paddle on the Mighty Kaw – all day event.

7/15 – Up River Run
$50 rental, $40 member rental, $25 regular *OYO, $15 member *OYO
We’ll head to Manhattan to hit the Blue River for a bit then paddle the Mighty Kaw to St. George for an 11.5 mile outing – all day event.


8/26 – 5th Annual Ass Kicker                                                                                                                     Rental $50, member rental $40, $25 regular *OYO, $15 club *OYO
Spend the ENTIRE day on the river – 20 miles to go from Lawrence to DeSoto. Will we float, paddle or pull?


Ass Kicker 2016 SO MUCH FUN!

9/23 – Refresh! A Retreat Experience
$150 regular $125 member
Relax with us! We will teach some self care, practice some mindfulness and some yoga, make art, sit in spirit spots, take a walk, float in the kayaks, eat lunch, get a massage and recharge our spirits.

10/21 and 10/22 – ALL the WAY!
Early Bird Price $140 for All the Way, $70 for Halfway Deadline October 1st
Check in 7:30am Saturday and Sunday
We will hike the entire Perry Lake Trail, 29 miles of self challenge and accomplishment. Includes guide, trail support, lunch, dinner, breakfast, lunch, camping and great company!

11/4 – Bird Yak
$30 regular rental $24 member rental $15 regular *OYO $10 member *OYO
Last kayaking event of the season, let’s paddle on Lake Perry and check out the migratory birds.

12/2 – End of Year Celebration and Gathering 4-6pm at the Crooked Post Winery
Join us for social time, pictures and fun!

*OYO means own your own kayak!


This is one of our favorite pictures, it reminds us of great time with great Dirty Girls!

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Beers of the Kaw!

Wow! Today we enjoyed the Friends of the Kaw event Beers of the Kaw at Abe and Jake’s Landing in Lawrence. It was awesome! There were breweries there from across Kansas and a bazillion people! What a great way to support the Kansas River Keeper and Friends of the Kaw! Thanks everyone! beersofthekaw

We had a great time meeting and talking with so many people. We hope that all of you will come outside with us sometime soon! Our 2017 Schedule is posted HERE! 

The winner of the $40 Gift Certificate in the contest to guess the weight of the backpack guessed correctly at … 39.8 pounds!


Woohoo! Guesses ranged from 27 pounds to 100 pounds. Come out to the Crooked Post Winery for Wednesday’s with Wine on January 4th from 6-8pm to learn some “Basics about Backpacking”

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